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  • Dear Dad,

    I said my last goodbye to you this morning. I wish we could have talked like we used to, before the Alzheimer's began to steal your memories away.

    We didn't say this to one another and I told as I left this morning that I loved you. That your life mattered to me, mattered to your family and those whose life you touched.

    I talked with Laura last night and she told "I can't believe I am never going to hear Papa tell the story again" of how you would take her swimming and as she waited to jump into your arms, she would always tell you not to move and of course you would move as she leapt into the water.

    Adam went to Washington D.C. so he could cover the story of the Broncos meeting President Obama last weekend. I so wish you could have talked with Adam about that.

    Today I honor and I thank you for the gifts that you gave to me, the things that you taught me, how to work hard, the importance of showing up every day, teaching how to play golf, how to bowl, to never give up. You taught me how to build something with my hands. I still enjoy driving by many of the homes that we built together during my first career as a carpenter and framing contractor.

    Thank you for helping shape me into the man that I am today.

    You leave behind you a legacy of love with your family and grandchildren.

    In love and gratitude your son,

    Ross
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