For the first time in my life, we enter a new year without Dad. He was released to eternal life just a few weeks ago, yet it seems like we’re now in a different lifetime. As I’ve said many times, we are fortunate to have had Dad, and for so many years. To rephrase a line from The Reverend Mister Black, one of the songs we learned after my brother Eddie got his first guitar:
I hope that I’ll always be a credit to his memory, ’cause I want you to understand, Ed Springsteen Sr. was my old man!
Here are a few pictures and audio recordings from Dad’s memorial service.
I have split the audio recording of Dad’s service to make it more manageable for uploading and downloading. We had thought to refrain from calling people up to a microphone to encourage sharing, but you will hear that sharing benefitted from amplification.
I love this picture from Christmas last year, Dad’s last with us. Ed Springsteen Sr. passed over to Glory on December 8, 2016 leaving the limitations of Parkinson’s disease behind. At ninety-two years and eight days, he lived a good long life and left his craftsmanship in countless homes.
Even with Dad’s decline and departure we have been greatly blessed. Our son Joe was able to come for Dad’s memorial service and our daughter Jenny is here for the Christmas weekend. The full measure of joy in this season is found in celebrating the birth of God’s greatest Gift with our loved ones. As we gather with families and friends, enjoying holiday meals, activities and gifts, we can more deeply appreciate the reason for the season.
We didn’t travel extensively this year because we felt the need to stay close to home. We did take a short trip to Findlay, Ohio with Mom so she could visit a close cousin, Betty McCall. Betty’s daughters had connected with me through DNA testing from 23andMe. Mom thoroughly enjoyed meeting Betty and her gracious family. Mom and Betty, who were born the same year, shared memories of departed relatives, and we learned more about our ancestors John and Rachel Powell Dennis.
We hope you and yours are well. We wish you peace and hope in the new year.
One day after the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, another World War II sailor slipped away. My Dad, Ed Springsteen Sr., passed to eternal life on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at the age of 92 years and eight days. He was the last of the boys from the Sheridan High School Class of 1943, Loyal Beard having departed this life three days earlier.
Our family is truly grateful to have had Dad. We have been fortunate.