For My Father

December 17, 2010

My father died yesterday morning. After 27 years of fighting cancer, the last two years very aggressively, he succumbed; but not without a fierce fight. It took his heart 12.5 hours to stop beating after the tubes were taken out, his blood pressure was steady the whole time and he gobbled up 4 bags of morphine (“enough for a big elephant and a small elephant” as the nurse said).

He died as he wished – in a dignified manner, peacefully and unaware.

He was my hero and my role model. He taught me how to work (“it’s not done until you clean up“), how to drive and how fix everything from drywall to a water heater.

This was a man who while weak as a child still got on his knees to play with the grandchildren in, what would turn out to be, the last weeks of his life.

I will miss his special affection for conspiracy theories; “I know the government is tapping our line” – which many have been proven true after 9-11.  I will especially miss his sense of humor and sensibility.  On my marriage day he told me not to worry “only the first 35 years are hard“.

I will miss my father for the rest of my life. If I will be half as good a parent to my children as he was to me I would consider that a rousing success.

I will miss Yoram.  We had some heartfelt conversations.  He never complained.  He
always made me feel that I was family.
” – Maury I.

for me he will always be young, vital and so sweet.” – Rotem D.

I love your parents, they are so generous and always opened their home to me. ” – Linda L.

“את יורם אני מכיר הרבה מאוד שנים, אני זוכר אותו משיעורי הנהיגה בטרקטור, איך כל דבר הוא לימד ביסודיות ובעיקר בסבלנות רבה, יורם היה באמת מהאנשים התמימים והישרים שכבר לא רואים כמעט, אנשים שכמותו” (“I remember him from the tractor driving lessons, he taught with diligent detail and especially a lot of patience. Yoram truly was one of those honest people we rarely see today.”) – Tal G.

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18 Comments

  • Colleen December 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

    A lovely tribute. I am so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts.

    Colleen

  • Lorren December 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Alex Baugh December 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Your tribute to your dad brought tears to my eyes. He sounds like a wonderful man, and a fellow conspiracy theorist. It sounds like you learned your sharing nature from him, give the wonderful posts you have for improving writing and blogs.
    I know you will miss him and think about him for the rest of your life, as I have my parents.
    You are in my thoughts.

  • Brenna December 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my father 6 years ago and you are right, you will miss him everyday, for the rest of your life. Take care I’m so sorry.

  • Bev December 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    What a lovely tribute to your father. I am so sorry for your loss. All my sympathy to you and your family.

  • le0pard13 December 17, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    A wonderful and fitting tribute for your father. I sincerest condolences for your loss.

  • Sam December 18, 2010 at 4:54 am

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss and thinking of your family. This is a lovely tribute.

  • Joy@EdgyInspirationalRomance December 18, 2010 at 10:07 am

    My condolences on the loss of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man.

  • Suzanne December 18, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    You have written an eloquent tribute to your father. My deepest sympathies on your loss.

  • mummazappa December 19, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad, but so pleased for you that you had such a wonderful man in your life. I’m sure his legacy of being an amazing, generous and honest person will live on in you and your children. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family xxx

  • LifetimeReader December 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    We’ll be thinking about you and your family. I hope you hold the memories with you for a long time.

  • Mandy (The Well-Read Wife) December 20, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Your Father sounded like a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss.
    My grandmother passed away last week. It’s hard to lose a close family member and especially hard during the holiday season…

  • Mel u December 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    My deepest condolences-you can see what a wonderful loving Man your Father was from the pictures-

  • Amused December 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to your father. I lost my own father this year so I know how hard it can be but at least you have these wonderful memories and your family to help get you through. All the best.

  • Owl December 25, 2010 at 1:22 am

    I’m so sorry about your loss.

  • Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting December 28, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    What a beautiful tribute, Zohar. My thoughts are with you.

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