left a message on May 11, 2018:
In keeping with his last wishes, there will not be a traditional obituary. However, some final words of remembrance may have received his approval, had he been asked. He was a solitary man, something with which he was comfortable. In coming up with some final words to say, words that do not betray his desire for privacy, the actions of his family speak louder and reveal more. He was a man who dealt with facts. He liked to look at things from every possible angle, and every possible angle points to the fact that he was loved, and will be missed. In his final weeks, Joyce took him to all of his daily appointments, and middle of the night hospital visits. His daughter, Laura, helped take care of him each weekend and stayed with him night and day until the end. He passed while holding her hand. His son, Phil, came from Florida to see him over Easter, and to help with his nutritional needs. His son, Michael, visited from Vienna and helped with his comfort and safety. All helped without invitation. He was preceded in death by his firstborn son, Dave. He had special and unique relationships with each of his grandchildren, Nick, Lauren, Zach, Sam and Lexi, and each will mourn and miss him in their own special way, with their own special memories. He was more than a grandfather to them. He was a father figure and a friend. Lauren put her work life on hold to come and take care of him, giving back some of what she felt she had been given. His siblings wanted to see him, but his decision to forego those visits was understood and accepted. His wishes were respected. Though he declined visits and a memorial service for practical reasons, his attempt at simplicity created a void. He really had no idea how much his passing would impact people, but it has, and will continue to. Ultimately, that is so much more important than his biography. Fact.
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