Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Dad

My Dad passed away suddenly last night.  I am shocked.  I am numb.  I am getting myself and two of my kids ready to fly out to Portland tonight.

Prayers for the whole family would be appreciated.  I am so thankful for the love and support that has poured in from friends and family both old and new; near and far!  I am thankful for my wonderful husband that has arranged for me to fly up to be with the family and is caring for the kiddos here at home as well as finishing Christmas preparations!   I am also thankful to God for his peace that passes all understanding.

Christmas 2010 with my Dad
Updated to add- Dad died of a pulmonary embolism.  There were no typical signs or symptoms of the growing blood clot that would end his life.  The one symptom he did show (a strange cough) would not have lead to the discovery of the clot.  He appeared to be a very healthy 60 year old man; his loss was oh so very unexpected.


  1. My heart breaks for you - we will be keeping you and your family in our prayers. Much love and Blessings to you...

  2. Oh my goodness, I am so sorry :( Your family is in my prayers. <3 <3 <3

  3. I am so, so sorry. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  4. I'm so sorry for your loss Gabe. We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. Just got the email and had to stop by. Praying for the travel and will be praying for you over this next year of adjustment . . .

  6. I am so, so, so sorry, Gabe! I am praying for all of you, for safe travel, etc.

  7. So sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. May you be comforted by God's love.
    The Newlons

  8. Dearest Gabe~I heard of this last night through our church's message forum. I am so sorry for your loss and I am sending up prayers for you and your family. May you feel the Lord's comfort and peace!

    Lots of love,

  9. We're so sorry to hear about your loss Gabe, please know that our hearts and prayers are with you. Losing a father is a very hard thing, we pray that the Holy Spirit would comfort you as you grieve for the loss of your Dad.

    All our Love,
    The Walter Family

  10. Gabrielle, I was sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a good man - always friendly and welcoming to those included in your family gatherings. My few memories of him are good ones. His legacy lives on in you and your children. God bless you and comfort you as you journey forward. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Heather Schefter