The time we had to prepare for his service was short and my older sister and her husband were in Europe at the time so the next generation, my nieces, nephews and my daughter in particular really stepped up to prepare everything for the service while my other siblings and I dealt with all the business parts. It all came together for a wonderful time with relatives and friends to remember my dad. With divine intervention I was able to talk about my dad's life without losing control of my emotions and I'm so thankful for that miracle. I think the betting line was that I would last about two minutes before my nephew had to read the eulogy I had written so I believe some of my family lost money on that. It was a wonderful opportunity to remember him as a vital and energetic man, husband, father, friend, professional and not so much he was in his last few years of declining health. I will miss him terribly.
To leave so suddenly and be simply gone from QAE for a week was a bit of surreal experience. California and family sometimes seems like a completely different world and it takes some time to come back to the wonderful world of The Great Northwest. I will try to acclimate and get back into QAE leadership quickly.
Thank you again.