Not a Typical Blog Post Today
Since we started eDiscovery Daily back in September 2010, we have yet to miss a scheduled day to publish a blog post. I’m not sure if today counts, but I feel compelled to talk about my dad. Please excuse this one day departure from our normal topics.
My dad passed away on the morning of July 4, peacefully, in his sleep. His name was Doug Austin too. His funeral is today. Dad never met a stranger and loved family and friends above all. He would always tell us “be careful” when we left, even if it was just to go to the store 5 minutes away, and would say “no use to rush off” even if we stayed with him all day. He loved spending time with family and numerous long-time friends.
He was a talented artist who loved to paint and create stained glass artwork. All of our family has at least one of his beautiful stained glass pieces and dad typically welcomed each new member of the family with a stained glass piece tailored to them. He was a great cook and I still prefer his steaks over those of any restaurant.
He had quirky sayings like “I’m still able to take nourishment” and “It’s time to get up and pay for your bed”. When he farted, he would say “oops, I stepped on a frog”. When he was really tired, he could snore loud enough to peel the paint off the walls.
He survived over 21 years after quadruple bypass surgery and survived over 2 years after being in the hospital for over three months. He had congestive heart failure, COPD, kidney issues, lymphoma and a terrific, up-beat attitude that enabled him to not only survive all that for years, but to thrive. He was always there for those he cared about and truly felt blessed by the love of his Lord Jesus Christ, his family and his friends.
I feel blessed to have had such a terrific father. Dad, I love you.
Back to typical eDiscovery topics tomorrow, I promise.
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