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Happy Birthday to My Dad

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:50 am

As I have done every March 17 since I started this blog, I am wishing my Dad a Happy Birthday.

He would have been 84 today. I have thought about him a lot lately. You never stop.

Out comes the shamrock bow tie.

And Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

29 Responses to “Happy Birthday to My Dad”

  1. No, you never do. My dad passed away far too early (age 56) in 2002. You never stop missing them.

    Happy Birthday to your dad. Keep the memories alive.

    Sal (48f931)

  2. We should all raise a glass of green beer in honor of your father.

    Just plain Dana (3e4784)

  3. On top of all the other traditions associated with this, reading this synopsis has become a comforting addition that helps me get through what is always a tough day. And the fact that others can share in our Dad’s story makes it even more uplifting. Thanks, little brother. Have a great day wearing that bowtie!

    Brotherico (fd3093)

  4. Long life to all his loved ones, Patterico and Brotherico.

    nk (0a1ba0)

  5. My dad passed away during a Packers-Bears game. He didn’t get to see the 2nd half collapse.

    Enjoy your dad while you have him, Pat.

    [I don’t have him any more. I wish I did. — P]

    Happy St. Patrick’s day. Beware of drunken Irishmen and drunks impersonating drunken Irishmen.

    PCD (db2059)

  6. Judging by Patterico, Brotherico, and little Sisterico, Dadderico and Momerico were good parents.

    JD (b3f947)

  7. Sorry for your lost. Happy birthday and St. Patrick’s Day.

    Joe (17aeff)

  8. Lost my Dad a year ago this month….missing him is always better when I know that others have that great relationship that I did, and that I’m not alone in this….

    Bests to the Patterico’s….and erin go braugh….

    reff (b996d9)

  9. Ditto. My dad passed away in 1997 — I gave the eulogy when we scattered his ashes out at sea — and I still miss him. He would have been 85 this month. ..bruce..

    bfwebster (2f56b4)

  10. My dad would have been 68 last Monday, he passed away in June of 06′.
    Then my 3/4 mid-life crisis started, when I realized if I only make it as long he did, I only have a 1/4 left.

    ML (14488c)

  11. Your daddy raised a durn fine blogger. My condolences on your father’s passing, and congratulations on his life.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407)

  12. Dad left for that great Brigade formation in the sky in 2000 at the ripe old age of 79. I still miss him, but my memories are alive, and as long as I’m alive he lives on.

    Great idea Patterico… Here’s a St. Patty’s Day cyber-beer (green of course) raised in honor of your dad and mine and all the other great dad’s who have also passed on, and to the one’s still here!!

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  13. P: I’ll toast you, your dad, your blog, and all good Irishmen and Irishwomen everywhere.

    JVW (bff0a4)

  14. Patterico — well said and well done.

    htom (412a17)

  15. Patterico – I too will raise a glass for your Dad, and to my best friend, who was born on this day as well.

    Apogee (f4320c)

  16. Patterico – I too will raise a glass to your Dad, and to my best friend, who was born on this day as well.

    Apogee (f4320c)

  17. Double posting already? This can only get worse once I start drinking.

    Apogee (f4320c)

  18. My Dad is still here, but my Mom is not. The missing is similar.

    Karl (f07e38)

  19. Well said, Patrick. I recently marked the 10th anniversary of my father’s passing. Like you, I think of my father often. The thoughts are helpful and heartening, especially with respect to my own role as father. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your family.

    Tim McGarry (9fe080)

  20. I tried to post a link to the YouTube video of Chet Atkins singing “I Still Can’t Say Goodbye”, but it wouldn’t go through. I saw Chet sing that song on Austin City Limits years ago. What he said then really hit home with me. “My dad’s been gone a long time. I still miss him.”

    backwoods conservative (62815a)

  21. I just reread the post you did right after Dad passed…a wonderful reminder of him, but I can’t stop crying. I honestly thought I would make it through the day tear free. Ha!

    I linked to your post on my blog and am hoping anyone that passes through will read it as well.

    Glad you got to wear your bowtie! Maybe you should take a pic of the bowtie and post it so everyone can see.

    yourlilsis (9d1ada)

  22. Happy birthday.

    Andrew (114e1c)

  23. Patrick, I just re-read the lovely tribute to your father. How wonderful you both knew all along that you were loved by the other. So many go through life not knowing. I just drove 150 miles to surprise my dad and take him to lunch for his 75th birthday. It will go down as one of our best times together. This post reminds me that thankfully I will always have this to treasure and nothing to regret with my own Dad.

    Dana (137151)

  24. Your father was a winner. Just like you. God Bless.

    DaveinPhoenix (6d9e1d)

  25. 84? Cool!
    They should make a stamp for him…

    James (91bf26)

  26. Youe father born on ST PATTYS DAY wow i hope it was good and nice

    Krazy Kagu (f5548f)

  27. Pat,
    I told you the year he died you’d hear his voice. I hope it still comes to you. My dad passed last year and sad to say I can’t hear his voice. He was all about supporting his family financially. Thankfully the smell of a cigar can take me back to the few shared memories we have.
    I envy you and all the other ‘ricos that will hear his voice finish a sentence or answer a question poised in silence.
    Also, in the hub-bub that is St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah GA, An elderly gent with a green bow tie and two sons toasting his health brought you and your dad to mind.
    Erin Go Bragh
    and for those who know that I am only Irish By Marriage.
    Pogue Ma Hone.
    Now draw me another perfect pint.

    pitchforksntorches (4dd8c4)

  28. oh, BTW it took me two days to clear up to get to the ‘puter, sorry for the late post.

    pitchforksntorches (4dd8c4)

  29. I can relate to this because my dad is fighting lung cancer. He was diagnosed a few weeks ago. Unless the Lord does one of His miracles, he may see only one more birthday (in November), and maybe not that.

    One of your dad’s grandsons (your son?) looks quite a bit like our 3 year old adopted son.

    Gerald A (adb85a)

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