We had no idea that you would pass away so early in our lives. We thought you would be here and follow us down the aisle in the church when we get married, see what we do with our lives, see what kind of people we become, see our improvements in art, make-up and horseback riding, and become the grandfather of our future children
When I was scared of monsters under the bed, you said you should protect me, and I thought you were strong enough to scare them away, and that I was safe while you were there. You always made me feel so safe and gave such nice hugs. You were my hero, Dad. I look up to you like that and love you so much.
We know you were very sad, but you said you got better. You must have kept things secret and tried to hide from us how hurt you really were as to not worry us. It has been difficult for us children. I often think that we should have been there more for you, even though we know we can't think that way. We're going to miss you so much.
Our dear, beloved father. You always said you were so proud of us, but I hope you know how proud we are of you too. You are so incredibly talented, good and kind. We are proud of what you did, and are proud of the person we have as a dad.