Celebration Speakers

My Dad’s brother, Paul, lives about 4 hours away. The day of the celebration was cold and the roads were getting icy.. but Paul and his wife started the journey early in the AM.

They ended up turning around to head back home about half way, because the roads were getting just too dangerous.

Luckily, the guys figured out how to have Paul still be ‘there’ for Dad’s celebration via Zoom.

If you watched the video, you’ll see a few technical difficulties – and you better believe it – people said – Where’s Jon when you need him!??!

Paul did a great job, he’s a pro at public speaking.. and he captured Dad with a heartfelt tribute. We could really feel the brotherly love that they shared. I especially loved hearing about how it was Dad’s idea to secretly pay for a young family’s meal when the two of them had gone out for dinner. Kinda’ makes my heart sing to think about it.

Dad’s friend Dave also spoke. Dad and Dave had been friends for decades, and together they MC’d many parties and gatherings. They spent hours together coming up with funny skits, jokes, and humorous awards to give away. I remember one time they dressed as women for a skit and Dad’s name for the skit was Jonita. I specifically remember Dad and Dave laughing and needing ‘liquid courage’ to get all dolled up and perform as women.

Mom also spoke a few words.. and said that we’ve got some big shoes to fill. I lifted up a pair of Dad’s size 14 shoes to prove it. My brother, Dave, also did a great job with introducing everyone and dealing with the technical stuff before-hand.

Also – thanks to Logan and Vince’s buddy, Taco for technical help too 🙂 What a job!

4 thoughts on “Celebration Speakers”

  1. Thanks for sharing your dad with us for all those years, and thanks for streaming the service. It was beautiful. I also appreciate you still posting things here on BnP. I know it was a labor of love for your dad. Probably sometimes a pain in the ass, I’m sure there were days he had better things to do.
    I also enjoyed BOW, and Do it and How, which I know was yours,I even check out Naughty bits occasionally. You guys had a bunch of stuff going on. It was all appreciated.

  2. Kris: it was a wonderful memorial/celebration of life ceremony.

    Thank you for posting the video.

    And thank you very much for keeping this blog going–especially since you retired your great sites.

  3. Your dad was cherished by so many people. Thank you for sharing your video and for keeping his blog going, He would be so proud of you.

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