Thanks, Pat. I wish we'd known each other in our later years, too. The irony is that he was born in Gainesville, Florida, and he always talked about retiring to Florida and getting a sailboat. He ended up retiring in Maine, which he came to love, and I moved to Florida and became a sailor.
I would have loved for him to meet IM, because I think they would have really liked each other. I've had pretty bad luck with the men in my family. About a year and a half after dad died, my brother died, also of brain cancer. He was only 15. I often wonder what it would be like to have had both of them in my life - they were so vibrant and intelligent and full of fun. I imagine we would have had a great time. I like to think of them as my special guardian angels.
I, too, hope that more volunteers will post photos of them with their dads. They're such treasures.