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Good-Bye Dad

dadMy father -in-law Cornelius Driedger passed away Monday morning June 6, 2016.  mom and dad wedding dayDad was born in 1921 and turned 95 this past February.  He lived a long and good life investing much time and hard work in his three careers, first as a farmer, then as a pastor of a large church and finally as a chaplain in a senior’s home.  He and my mother-in-law Anne had been married for nearly seventy years when Mom passed away in 2011. dad at birthday partyIn his family life I think the role he enjoyed the most was as a grandfather. He took such delight in his ten grandchildren.25th anniversaryDad provided for his family during some very difficult times and his dedication to his faith was exemplary. 50th anniversaryHe will be missed both by his family and the many people whose lives he touched through his ministry. 

Other posts about Dave’s Dad……..

Remembering Rudy York

Autograph Book of a Conscientious Objector

My Father-in-law’s Birthplace

He Hasn’t Lost His Sense of Humour

Leise Rieselt Der Schnee

Canada Day in Leamington

Anne Driedger 1923-2011

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He Hasn’t Lost His Sense of Humour

dave and his dad

We spent some time at the nursing home in Leamington yesterday visiting Dave’s Dad who is 93.  We  chatted with Dad at the lunch table and met the women who share it. Two of them are new since the last time we visited. Gertrude is 101 years old and told us about her granddaughter who is a doctor. Margaret has a nephew who lived in Hong Kong  just like we did. Later we went to Dad’s room to visit some more. When it was time to go we said good-bye promising to return the next day. Just as the elevator doors were about to close we saw Dad coming down the hall heading our way with his walker. He joined us in the elevator. He was going down to the lobby to sit there for a bit to look out the big windows and observe the people going by. My sister-in-law Linda said to him, “I thought you would take a nap.”

Dad got a big grin on his face. “Naps are for old people,” he said. 

Other posts about my father-in-law….

Another Grandma Moses?

Autograph Book of a Conscientious Objector

Leise Rieselt Der Schnee

 

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