I just read the notice of your Dad's passing on the VP page. I am shocked, saddened and I feel the strong need to pass on my thoughts of your father.
Just a couple of months ago I was thrilled to receive an e-mail message from your Dad. We had served together in VP 7 during the mid-sixties, he as an officer I as an enlisted flight crew member. I thought about him over the years and I was trying to locate him through the VP page when he contacted me. We exchanged a couple of messages and I had expressed a desire to contact him by phone. Unfortunately, that opportunity never came.
I left the Navy after my enlistment so I didn't see the development of your Dad's successful Naval career. There was no doubt that it would be a successful one. But even if that were not the case, there are many like myself who will measure your Dad's greatness in terms of simply being one of the world's truly "good guys."
As a leader he was an inspiration, always respectful, always demanding, but also appreciative. His friendship was perpetual. He was forgiving and encouraging, always warm and always a pleasure to be around. I was so pleased when after more than thirty years he referred to me as "his good crew member."
I've missed him a lot over the years. Having the opportunity for a brief renewal of our friendship, I will miss him even more!
God Bless You and Your Family...and Thanks for Sharing Your Dad.