Last week, on Wednesday August 11, 2021 at approximately 3:45PM Eastern, my Father left this world. Much too early. Covid took my Father from me, my family, and his grandchildren. He had some underlying issues, but Covid is what pushed him over the edge. Covid put him on a ventilator when nothing else worked. If you remove Covid, he’d still be here, enjoying his retirement, traveling with his wife, and spending time with family and grandchildren.
He did the right thing. He got vaccinated. He was immuno-compromised from other health issues. We discovered too late that those treatments destroyed any anti-bodies.
He was my rock, absolutely one of my best friends and I am shattered beyond measure.
My Dad, Duke, was a great man. 20 years of service in the United States Air Force, distinguished pilot and aircraft commander of the FB-111 Aardvark, flight instructor on T-37 Tweet and my one of my favorites, T-38 Talon. He loved woodworking, golf (oh he loved golf!) and living life to it’s fullest. He taught me about family, honor, respect, how to be a good dad to my own kids and countless other things. Dad also never turned down sampling bourbon, delicious food, or a new adventure.
I am truly the man I am today because of him. I am grateful beyond measure for that. I miss him terribly.
Some members of the #sqlfamily got a chance to meet my Dad. He had joined me at a couple #sqlsaturday events in years past, namely in Nashville as it was an event we could easily drive to. He loved the SQL Community and he loved that I was a part of it. He was actually considering putting together a presentation and we were going to travel together to other events, speaking Father & Son. Unfortunately, that won’t happen now. Thanks to all of those who welcomed him and made sure he felt apart of the community. He got to sit in the speaker rooms with me and talk to friends and colleagues and he had a ball every single time he did. He loved those trips and spoke of them often.
There’s even a Twitter hash for him, #JohnsDad. He was a part of #sqlfamily.
He was a good sport and was always up for a laugh.
Dad truly believed living life by the moto: Love, Laugh, Live. So say we all.
If You Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask costs us next to nothing and it’s the right thing to do. Continue to wear your mask. Just because you are vaccinated doesn’t mean that you can’t contract the virus or spread it to others.
Continue to wear your mask, please. For me. For Dad.
If You Don’t Wear a Mask
If you do not believe in masking up to protect others from Covid you dishonor him. If you dishonor him, you dishonor me.
It’s possible that my Dad died because of people like you. I don’t know and I’ll never know. All because you do not want to wear a mask.
If you don’t want to wear a mask for yourself, then wear one for others. After all, the Father you save could be your own. I wish you could have saved mine.
Don’t let my Dad’s death be in vain. Mask up. Please. If not for me, then for him.
Take one step further and get vaccinated. Getting vaccinated helps to protect those that can’t be protected and slows the spread of the virus.
I love you Dad.
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