Friday, June 19, 2009

Fathers’ Day is fast approaching. Phillip, Hayden, Sam – are you paying attention ?

My father passed away 8 years ago after a lengthy battle with a still unclear neurological disease. Almost every day, memory of him still enters my mind.

Dad offered occasional pearls of wisdom, like: “don’t sweat the small stuff”, and “pick your battles”. However, his impact on my life was based on what he did more than what he said. Although he rose to Chairman of his company and worked fairly hard to get there, never did I doubt that Mom, my sister and I were his top priority. Dad made sure we all felt special. Growing up, many of our good times revolved around sports, especially Cowboy games at the Cotton Bowl. I can still remember exactly where we parked, the route we walked and where we sat – fond memories that are etched permanently in my mind.

As I got older, I realized what a unique man Dad was and how fortunate I was to be his son. He walked the talk – he modeled character. Here’s a picture of Dad:

• Quiet confidence
• Humility
• Easygoing nature
• Balance
• Sense of humor
• Joy and contentment

Character is contagious and I’m convinced that Dad’s will live on through the generations.

I still miss him, though.


Luiz Crispin said...

Thx, Frank for your words.
Iwould ask you a favour: can yo get me in touch with mr Marshall Williams pls.
I´m from Brasil and want to discuss adoption of Brazilian Children. We can have a nice discussion and work together as your representative due to our long experience.
Thx in advance
Luiz Crispin (

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I too struggle with an unclear neurological disorder about which, after 10 years now, the doctors are more baffled than ever. I have just recently accepted that just because we have better technology today to look inside the human brain doesn't necessarily mean the doctors know what they're looking at. Your dad looks very much like a younger version of my dear 89 year old grandfather.. I haven't the heart to tell him about my plight lest he worry about things we can't change. The organization over which you currently preside introduced me to the wonderful adoptive parents of his only great, great grandchild whom he knows and loves.. seeing your post has made me think perhaps the time is near to tell him what we have done. I want to tell him that one thing that encouraged me to seek a whole and healthy family for this child was his faith and his unconditional love for us all, especially my late grandmother whom he has loved for more than 65 years. Perhaps I have been dishonest..I only pray my silence has been golden. This is one of the few times in my 47 years that I have felt it is sometimes better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Anonymous said...

I loved reading this about Papa. It made me cry.