CareLiving and the Campbell family wish a happy and healthy Father’s Day to all of the fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, brothers, uncles and friends who are living with or have passed on due to Alzheimer’s and dementia. This year, our first without Glen, we asked the CareLiving community to send in their own photos to post alongside our own, so we can share in the love and enjoyment that they are feeling on this day, as well as their feelings of grief and loss. CareLiving is a place of hope, encouragement and support, and above all, love of family. So from all of us to all of you – Happy Father’s Day.
My dad was always very playful and I think that’s where I get a lot of my sense of humor from. He had a one-liner for every situation. I find myself thinking what he might say… and it brings a smile to my face.
“It’s ok to make mistakes, son. If you do it perfect, they’ll want it that way every time.”
Love you Dad
My dad didn’t tell me how to live; he lived and I watched him do it. He was the best guitar-picker, best gunfighter, best dad – and I miss him.
I miss your jokes, I miss your songs
I miss your stories, warm hugs
Correction when wrong
I miss our card games and playing chess
At table tennis, you were the best.
In the pool, I miss your flips,
the driving range, our fishing trips
I miss just driving around
talking and watching the sunset
Happy Father’s Day in Heaven
We miss you Dad,
You were the best.
Every day I see some new way he influenced my life for the better. Every day I feel the love he put in to raising me. Every day I miss him more than words can say.
I always loved visiting my dad and brothers and sister when I was little. It was a chance to share in the love and grow closer as a family. Cherished times, indeed.
Joining the Campbells in honoring their fathers –
Rodney Simmons, H.Wayne Simmons (diagnosed 2008), Vivian Simmons and Tywanna McDaniel
“We love him dearly”
Amy Wood with her father Raymond H Wood
Cathy Brunk and her father William Lehr
“William Lehr went to heaven this past November & it was an honor and privilege to be his caregivers every step of the way. We miss him tremendously on this first Father’s Day without him, but Thank God we have eternal loving promise that we will see him again!”
Courtney Tyler and her father Dale
“Dale passed away from dementia December 31st 2016. He was the best dad in the world! And I miss him sooooo much!”
Barbara Dartez Trahan and her dad, Raymond Dartez Sr.
Cheryl Gnepper and her father Robert Gnepper
“We lost Dad almost a year ago, on July 9, 2017, after a long fight with Dementia; my mom and I miss him so much, but are comforted that his struggle is over.”
Jerry Medford and his great-granddaughter Valerie
“Dad passed on 5/10/18 from Frontal Temporal Dementia. Thanks for honoring the caregivers and families.” – Pamela Medford Cavanaugh
“This is my husband’s father, Charles Collins, who has Alzheimer’s. We were visiting him with our dog Lilly Fiona.” – Teresa Collins
Mark Parr (who has Early Onset Alzheimer’s Stage 4; 60 years old) with all of his ladies; Sarah, Kimba, Lanie and Emmy.
Timothy Owen and his father James Owen, who passed from from Alzheimer’s in 2016
Deborah is remembering her father, Jack, who passed away in July of 2014
Leslie Hale and her “Papaw”
Jessica Olson (who is married to Glen’s grandson Jeremy) is facing losing another grandfather to Alzheimers, as her almost 89-year-old grandfather, JC, was just recently diagnosed. His late twin brother was also diagnosed a few years earlier. Jessica says she is “blessed it is in the early stages and that he is able to enjoy spending time with his great-granddaughter.”
Donna Strickland and her father Wayne Walker, who passed away in 2014 from complications caused by Alzheimer’s
Valeria Young, Gabbie, Brianna, Taylor, Kristen and Brandon are fund raising for Gabbie’s father, Dennis, who has Younger Onset Alzheimer’s. Gabbie doesn’t want anyone to get Alzheimer’s because she has never known her daddy without it. Follow Gabbie’s progress at http://act.alz.org/goto/TeamGabbie
Bless you all for sharing your families and your stories. And Team Gabbie, keep going. Everyone can start a team and fund raise to fight Alzheimer’s Disease in their own community. This little girl was number one individual fund raiser for The Alzheimer’s Association where she lives last year-at 9 years old-mostly just by selling lemonade. She is fighting for your children, grandchildren, and her own life. We need fighters. Keep sharing your stories, don’t let anyone stop talking about Alzheimer’s.
Thank you for posting these pictures–I just lost my mother on May 9th–she was 92 and for the last few years her dementia had progressed to a level of her not speaking and having a faraway look in her eyes. I really thought I was ready, but when her time came I did not want to let her go…it hurts so. My prayer was answered though, as I was with her when she died–what a holy experience. You all do such good work and I thank you. Your husband and dad has always been one of my favorites. God bless you always.
Thank you Kim and Campbell family for this wonderful experience. I have been a huge fan of Glens since 1967 when I first heard his “Gentle on my mind” What a great talent. I do appreciate seeing all the kids and hearing Ashley once in a while on facebook. Love to hear her play the Banjo. Congratulations on a wonderful tribute. Thanks for sharing it with all of us who loved Glen. He will always be in my heart and I still continue to listen to his music every chance I get, I know all the words to all his music. Sincerely, Willi Leavitt – Utah.