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Thank You For Being A Dad

Updated on November 9, 2009

Dads Life-The Early Days

My Dad, Edward John Mazurek was born May 28, 1936. His parents were Joseph and Christine. Dad was the youngest of 6 children and he grew up on the Mazurek Homestead.

Dad went to a little school in the country which was called Hillock school. He went there until grade 8 and then went to Innisfree school until grade 10. Dad left school after grade 10 and started his carpentry career when he was 16. Along with his carpentry my Dad also continued working on the family farm.

As a kids we remember hearing stories about the animals, especially the horses on the farm. We also remember the stories of Dads nightlife which consisted of girls, dancing and enjoying some drinks.

Dads Life-Moving Forward

At one of the nightlife dances I spoke of above my Dad met my Mom Patricia. June 4, 1966 they were to become husband and wife.

At the beginning of their marriage Mom and Dad lived in Vegreville where they started a family. I was their first born. I was born in 1967.

After my birth Mom and Dad decided to move to Edmonton, Alberta where Dad could pursue his career in carpentry/construction. In their time in Edmonton Dad worked for a couple construction companies.

Between work Mom and Dad had two more children with Kathy being born in 1969 and Tammy in 1973.

Their lives were full of being all about their kids. They got up early to go to hockey games and practices while also going to ball games all summer long. Dads love for softball saw him coach girls softball for many, many years.

Dads Life-The Next Chapter

Dad finally decided he wanted to start his own business so him and mom packed us up and moved to a small town in Alberta where he started the company Eds Miracle Contracting.

Anytime anyone would walk into his shop they can remember seeing Dad with a pencil behind his ear and there was without fail always sawdust in his hair. Dad was one of the most talented carpenters I have ever met.

While Dad was running a successful business he still had the love of ball in his veins. Because of this he decided to become a professional umpire.

Our lives were always full of activity like all night games of Canasta, camping every weekend and we could never forget his love for the Edmonton Oilers. It didn't matter if it was the first or last game of the season he was always on the edge of his seat cheering.

Life went on with Dad teaching his kids to drive and watching all 3 graduate. Mom and Dad were lucky enough to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Then he was able to be a part of me getting married to my best friend Jackie in August of 1988.

Dads Life-Time Goes On

In 1991 after the loss of his brother Dad jumped in to make sure his brother had all the help he needed on the family homestead. Besides carpentry farming was something Dad loved to do almost more than anything else.

Also by 1991 Dad was enjoying his 3 grandsons Steven, Cameron and Joshua. He was now enjoying cheering them on in their hockey and soccer games.

Time went on with more work, more Canasta, more camping and so on. Then in 1999 everything came to a screeching halt with the very unexpected loss of the love of his life. For a while of course we were all devastated but none as much as Dad.

With tears in his eyes and sadness in his heart he realized life had to move forward. There were trips to the mountains, Christmas spent at Dales. With Dads loneliness he needed to fill the void somehow. He knew no one could ever take moms spot but he did acquire a cat that he soon fell in love with. Misty was the new love of his life. His companion for life. Misty will miss Dad very much.

Dads Life-Moving On

Dad worked so hard all his life.  In 2001 he decided it was time to stop working and enjoy life.  After 49 years in a business he loved so much he hung up his tools to move forward with retirement.

In his first year of retirement while enjoying much time with family Dad was very excited to hear that he was going to be a Grandpa again.  This time my sister Kathy would give birth to Dads only grand daughter Kallie.

Kallie brought even more joy to Dads life.  He loved taking her for Nuggets at McDonalds and then to Dairy Queen for ice cream.

Dad was so happy enjoying his retirement with family and friends.  He didnt have to work at being a special person.  His smile and love came naturally.

Dads Life-The Final Chapter

Well time was moving on. This year in the summer Dad decided it was time to move on once again. He decided it was time to put the family home for sale and move closer to where he could even enjoy his friends and family more.

Dad only 7 weeks ago purchased a 52 inch television so he could enjoy the battle of Alberta hockey games even more.

Then only a week ago Dad took possession of his new home. He was so happy. He had a renewed love for life, like a kid in a candy store.

Dad wasnt to move until the middle of November but he loved his new place so much that he just had to visit it everyday.

Of course we are all deeply saddened but we know that even though Dad only had it for a few days he died at a place he quickly fell in love with.

Dad we all hope you are now with Mom. We know you will never suffer or worry again. We have and will always love you.

So Dad from Dale, Jackie, Steven, Cameron, Joshua, Kathy, Kallie, Tammy and Misty we will always love you and miss you.

So once more but not the last time.

We Love You

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      Michelle Cesare 6 years ago from New York

      A well written Hub about your fathers life. I watched the video too and you did a great job. Losing a parent is such a hard time to go through.

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks DustinsMom. It has helped to write about it but every day is still a challenge.

      Dad was my best friend and its hard to believe hes not around.

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      DustinsMom 7 years ago from USA

      A wonderful tribute to your father.

      I hope this helps you in your healing.

      He is forever in your heart.

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Dale Mazurek.Hi. I am sorry you lost your dad, But how very fortunate you were to have such A wonderful relationship with him, And how very proud he must have been of you and the rest of his family. But now he is resting with the love of his life, Which can only be good. Thank you for sharing him with us.:) :)

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the kind words Jen. Everyday is getting a little easier but I never thought it would be this difficult.

      Its people like yourself that are helping me move forward.

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      Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

      Dale, I just completed reading both hubs about your beloved father. I can't imagine watching a parent have a heart attack out of the blue like that. I am glad you had a little more time with your dad but so sorry he passed away. Thank you very much for your kind comments on my hub. We do share a loss in common. Your father, my mother.

      Jen

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Mistywild. It was very difficult to write but it also helped me a lot.

      Thanks for the great comment.

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      mistywild 7 years ago from Houston, TX (Proud Texan)

      wonderful tribute to your father, very hard to write I'm sure. thanks for sharing.

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      Dale Mazurek 7 years ago from Canada

      Thank you kysnoopyq42, my dad was a wonderful man and we had a great father son relationship. Because of that this comtinues to hurt on a daily basis.

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      kysnoopyq42 7 years ago from no where

      I can't say how sorry I am for your loss. Bless you and your family. Your father sounds wonderful.

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      babedoll 8 years ago

      honey that is such a beautiful hub i want you to know how proud i am of you and i know he is too. He was a great father in law and i could not have asked for a better family to be married into so good job to my best friend and lover. god bless you sweetie

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      The kind words I have experienced through this Hub will never be forgotten

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      Ben Zoltak 8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      An inviting illustration of your Dad and the highlights of his life, warmly written, I suspect someday I'll be writing along these lines. I especially liked that your Dad became an umpire in Alberta, I think it's a great coloring of someones soul that chases after their dreams no matter what age. Thanks Dale!

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      Laura du Toit 8 years ago from South Africa

      Hello Dale,

      My deepest sympathies. I lost both my parents in the past few years and its not easy. Just be thankful for the good times and wonderful memories. I had that as well but so many people don't.

      A wonderful tribute to a wonderful father and grandfather.

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      keira7 8 years ago

      Hello Dale, same with me , I lost my dad and its very hard. So sorry for your loss my friend. Not easy, but you need to be strong for him. I am sure they watch us from where they are. They need to see us happy, for them, to be in peace. Its hard at first but when you try you will feel less sad. Take care my friend. Great hub, your dad must be very proud of his wonderful son. You are brilliant. God Bless you my friend. :) and please try what I said, because it does help, you will feel is presence just like, is next to you. Its a beautiful feeling.:)

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      cosette 8 years ago

      omgsh what a wonderful tribute to your father. my sincere condolences ;_;

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      prettydarkhorse 8 years ago from US

      oh you made me cry, i remember my Dad, all the best to you and hope you live well through the memories of your dad,,,,

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      The comments are all so great. I will be able to look back here in a year or 2 or 3 and be reminded of the great people here

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      rmcrayne 8 years ago from San Antonio Texas

      Dale you tell your father's story as a life well lived. No one could accuse him of being a fair weather fan! What a wonderful thing to be able to remember your father as a skilled craftsman, but also as a father and grandfather committed to being there when it counted, and all the times in between.

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      Luciendasky 8 years ago from Florence, OR

      This is an amazing gift to your dad. I am very sorry for you loss.

      Luci

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you so much RooBee

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      RooBee 8 years ago from Here

      Thanks for sharing this. Through your amazing tribute, we get a glimpse of what a wonderful person your dad was - and what a thoughtful and kind son he raised.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      The comments are wonderful. I cant wait to show this Hub to my wife and sisters. they will be so touched. Thank you frogdropping

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      Andria 8 years ago

      Dale - your'e dad appeared to be a wonderful man. A fitting tribute to a fine man. Your memories of him are a beautiful gift :)

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      thank you sufidreamer. He was a fantastic man who was loved and admired by many

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you Mark. Writing has been a positive feeling for me.

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      Sufidreamer 8 years ago from Sparti, Greece

      Sounds like he was a fantastic man who enjoyed every day of his life and truly followed his dreams.

      What a lovely tribute - I wish you and your family the best in your time of grief. :)

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      Mark Knowles 8 years ago

      Hey Dale,

      Great and positive way of dealing with a painful loss. Hats off to you - and your dad. :)

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      emievil, dont delay any longer. Writing this has helped me a great deal. Thank you for the nice comment

      NaomiR thank you for the warm comment

      Aevans and queenbe, I do plan on a couple more tributes but these are just for a bit more closure but thank you for taking the time to comment.

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      maudine_05 8 years ago from United States

      Very heart warming..condolence

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      queenbe 8 years ago from NY

      Very sorry to hear about your dad. This is a terrific trubute.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I am so sorry to hear about your loss and my heart goes out to you and yours. You were blessed to have such a warm and wonderful and what a beautiful tribute to a great human being. :)

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      NaomiR 8 years ago from New York

      I'm so sorry about your father. It took a lot of courage for you to write this. Thank you for sharing your stories with us.

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      emievil 8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Dale. I lost my father two years ago and I've been meaning to write something about him. Reading your hub reminded me again of that goal. thanks.

      My condolences again for your Dad. I hope you and your family are doing okay. Thanks for sharing his life to us.

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      Dale Mazurek 8 years ago from Canada

      Thank you. The Hub was tough to write but something I needed to do. Dad was a great man.

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      Lisa HW 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Dale, what a nice tribute to your father. Condolences to you and your whole family.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful father, Dale. Thank you so much for sharing. I know it's tough. I lost my father just a month before I joined HubPages. Reading your hub reminded me of how my father bought an expensive guitar that he had wanted all his life just a year or two before he died. I was so glad he got that time to enjoy it. I wish you all the best Dale, I know your dad's really proud of you. (((Hugs)))