My Dad…I think about him everyday

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Real Estate Agent with Dove Realty Inc.

My dad, Leslie Hilton Shadwell, was born in 1922 at the beginning of the Roaring Twenties and came of age during the great Depression. The last of six children, he was what was affectionately known as a “change of life baby:” Well loved and yet never spoiled. A classic Libra, he was slow to anger, quick to forgive, unassuming and his word was his bond.

Will Rogers may have ‘never met a man he didn’t like’ but I can honestly say that I never met a man, woman or child who didn’t like my dad. Everyone was drawn in by his quiet intelligence and delighted by his dry wit.

At Dad’s funeral many people were surprised to learn that he was a Purple Heart recipient for injuries received during the invasion of Iwo Jima. Although he had every right to be proud of this service to his country he would be the last one to tell you about it.

 

I miss him every single day.

       Happy Fathers Day to all of the wonderful dads here on Activerain!

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Rainmaker
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Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Lovely tribute Susan! He sounds like a wonderful and humble gentleman. I miss my Dad every single day too.

(Missed seeing you around here!)

Jun 16, 2008 01:11 PM #1
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Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties - Edmonds, WA

Thanks for sharing about your dad, Susan.  Those dear men from the "greatest generation" are truly appreciated!  My dad is still here with us and a big part of my family's life.  He was the one who saw the vision for our staging business and purchased a truck for us about 18 months ago.  We affectionately refer to him as our "fleet manager" - and he loves it!  He makes sure the truck is serviced, clean, full of gas and even carpeted the interior a few months ago.  Thanks, Dad!!!

Jun 16, 2008 01:57 PM #2
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Jennifer: You are really young to have lost your father but it doesn't seem to matter how old you are.

Dianna: You are so lucky and I'm sure you never take it for granted.

Jun 16, 2008 06:22 PM #3
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Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Good morning Susan,

Your father sounds like was a grand man and his name sounds very British. Am I wrong? It's comforting to have such warm memories. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 16, 2008 09:38 PM #4
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Shobha Vyavahare
stagewithme, Greenville, South Carolina - Greenville, SC

I understand I lost my father last year around this time I visited him and we spent good time together, and I will treasure that time for the rest of my life.  Dads are always special. I remember him everyday too.  There is a poem I read that has gotton me through a very difficult time in my life.

"Remembrance.

You can shed tears that he is gone, or you can smile because he has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that he'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him, or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he's gone,or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,or you can do what he'd want, smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Author Unknown"

Shobha

Jun 17, 2008 12:31 AM #5
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Cynthia: You're right. Shadwell is my maiden name and I never met anyone with the same last name until I went to London. My grandmother was so tired by the time Dad came around that she let his siblings pick out his Christain names.

Jun 17, 2008 06:39 AM #6
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Kevin McGourty
Realty ONE Group - Phoenix, AZ

Very nice tribute to your dad.

Jun 17, 2008 11:11 AM #7
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Shobha: What a lovely poem and thanks for sharing.

Kevin: Thanks for stoppin by.

 

Jun 17, 2008 11:44 AM #8
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Cynthia Bartch
Granville, OH

Well Susan......I always thought you looked very royal in your fabulous picture w/ your furry buddies! So who knows, has anyone done an ancestry look up in your family?

Jun 18, 2008 01:53 AM #9
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Cynthia: Actually my aunt reasearched our family tree and we are decended from your basic working class folk, mostly farmers and millers. I should post a picture of my dad though. He was very aristocatic looking.

Jun 18, 2008 06:05 PM #10
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Jennie Norris
Sensational Home Staging - Littleton, CO
Denver Regions Premier Home Staging Resource,

Hi Susan,

I love this post and wish that more were able to see it in the places you posted it (but had it removed).  Their loss - totally!  My father is still with me-  he is only 74 but I think of him as about 55.  I don't know why I have my parents stuck in that time and age for me - and I know one day when they are gone I too will look back wistfully at days like Father's Day. Thanks for sharing and sorry this was edited off SIF.- Jennie

Jun 28, 2008 08:56 AM #11
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Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Jennie: That's interesting. I remember telling my dad a little white lie when he wanted to drive (long after his driving days were over). I told him that that the state had just passed a law that restricted people over 80 from driving.

He looked me right in the eye and said "Well I'm only 65", and I'm sure he believed it.

Jul 12, 2008 07:10 PM #12
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