To Dad, from Carrie on Father’s DayMay 25, 2016
This Father’s Day I would like to pay a special homage to my amazing father Doug Gifford. I lost my dad two weeks ago to cancer, so it’s still hard to imagine that I won’t be seeing his beautiful, blue eyes on Father’s Day. Although it’s a very sad and unfortunate loss, my father did not want us to cry or be sad. He wanted us to celebrate, so that is what we are doing.
There are many things that I learned from my father including, how to read a Thomas Guide or how to find the North Star, but the one thing that my father taught me was something you can’t teach: good old fashion love. He gave love, he shared love, he accepted love, he was love. Through his words of advice, his wild sense of humor, his larger-than-life personality (which we refer to as Uncle Buck) and his big bear hugs, he made us feel love. What more could you want from a Husband, Father, Grandfather and Friend?
I love you, Doug Gifford, and I celebrate your life. You are the North Star. Your beautiful love, light, and energy will connect us forever. Happy Father’s Day Daddy, I Love You. —Carrie