Tribute To My Father

June 15, 2012 — 19 Comments

Life can pass us by quickly. Days come and go. They blend together. Before you know it, it’s the next big date.

The next big date coming up is Father’s Day. That’s this Sunday.

As such, I’d like to share a bit about my father today.

Picture of my father and mother

My father and mother

His name is also Joseph Lalonde. He goes by Joe most of the time.

He was born in the U.P. of Michigan. Joined the military and served our country. And then moved to Muskegon.

He married his wife and they had three great children: Sharon, Debi, and Joey. Sadly, his first wife passed away after a fight with cancer.

Eventually he met my mother and they married, having two more children: Myself and Terri. My mother brought another child into the marriage, Steven, and my father has accepted him as his own.

Dad started this second family when he was 55 years old. He’ll be 85 this year and still going strong.

There’s many memories that I have with/of dad.

  • Almost annual trips to Mackinac Island
  • The concern he had for my mom as she was rushed to the hospital three hours away
  • The tireless effort he put into keeping the pool going for us kids
  • His work ethic that provided for the family
  • The love he has shown my mom
  • The love he has shown us kids
  • The smell of his Old Spice cologne

The list could go on and on.

He took on a whole new family at an age most men are thinking of retirement.

He’s done a great job raising my siblings. Of loving my mom.

I hope I can be half the man that he has been.

He’s been unselfish in the love and care of his family. And for that I’m proud to say he’s my father.

He is a great father. He is a great husband. He is a great man.

Happy Father’s Day dad!

Question: What memories do you have of your father? Please share them in the comment section below.

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  • Great thoughts Joe! Love my dad! Here are my thoughts about my dad – 😉

  • DS

    Enjoyed the post Joe – memories are fantastic, and it sounds like your dad has set a fine standard for you to follow.

    • He has DS. One of love, discipline, fun, and respect.

      Care to share any memories of your dad with us?

  • I really enjoyed this, your father is an amazing man. My step father stepped up when my birth father went away. I’ve written about that relationship, it’s still hard to deal with 🙁

    • He has been an amazing man Kimanzi. It’s not something I’ve always appreciated though.

      I remember reading your post when your birth father passed away and how tough that was even though he wasn’t really a part of your life. That must have been tough.

  • You are blessed to have a father with such dedication and love for his family. Awesome way to honor him, Joe!

    • Thanks Stephen. I realize everyday how blessed I am to have a father such as mine. Especially when I read other experiences from people and how they differ from mine.

  • Joe…this line says it all: “I hope I can be half the man that he has been.”

    • Exactly… And it’s strange how that feeling has changed over time. There were times in my life where I wanted to be nothing like him. But as I’ve grown older I realize just how wise he is.

  • Joe,

    It’s great you have so many good memories about your father.

    I first read this in the morning and have been thinking about it all day. I honest can’t think about any great memories of my father. I had verbally abusive father, my parents where divorced when I was 13, and my dad died at age 18. So I was not able to experience a lot of good memoirs with him.

    On a better note, This is my first fathers day being a dad!!!

    • Dan, I’m truly sorry to hear that your experience was not a good one. But thankfully we have a heavenly father who loves us regardless.

      And congratulations on your first father’s day! I hope you had a great one.

  • Terri Kay

    Loved this post! We have been greatly blessed to have him as our father. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better! He is and always has been a man I have been proud of and have strived to make proud of me! Thanks for sharing this! Love you!

    • Hey sis! It’s true. He’s been a great father and a man we can be proud of. Even through those teenage years where there were struggles. Looking back he was much wiser than I ever thought. Love you too!

  • My dad was a gentle soul. He made mistakes (although he looked at them as experience) and our family was involved in a cult. He died in 2010. I posted about him on my blog, too. I think blogs are a great resource for honoring our friends and family from time to time. My dad became one of the wisest men I knew in the latter years of his life (long after the cult). Thanks for sharing.

    • Dan, thanks for the comment and sharing about your dad. I look forward to checking out your post about him.

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