My father has died. He was 104. Izzy, as everyone called him, was born in 1919 during a global pandemic: the Great Influenza. Over a century later, he lived through another one. In the intervening years, the Treaty of Versailles ended the Great War, the world entered and then emerged from another World War, women won suffrage, “talkies” and television revolutionized entertainment, cars replaced horses on our roads, jets took to the skies, rockets took to the moon, computers and smartphones took over everything else, and of course, all that we now know and have and take for granted.
Wow, what a legacy. So big hearts run in the family. Sending hugs to you today.
Blessings to you and your dad, Nathan. Like you, I am Polish-American on my father’s side (maiden name: Michalski) but my faith heritage is Roman Catholic. I am 4th generation. My dad deeply loved cats. I was brought home from the hospital as a newborn and had a cat in my cradle, who purred me off to sleep! We always had our cat family and grieved terribly when they died, usually at an advanced age. Our ancestors left Poland in the 19th century and came to Buffalo, NY. I am working on learning my ancestral language -reading, writing, speaking Polish. Dad was fluent. He helped me with my pronounciation before he died at 89 in 2019. Hanging onto our cultural heritage! The past is easily lost…
Peace & Blessings to you in your grief. We share much.
It’s never enough time.
This is such a beautiful expression of your love. As I’ve said before, the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
Your family is such a blessing and inspiration to the rescue community. I hope your family is able to gather and celebrate how truly blessed you are to have had a such a wonderful, living role model ❤️
What a beautiful tribute to your Father who indeed led the American immigrant success life, and from his amazing life has given you and your family many opportunities! Hugs to you all and may he rest in peace.
So very sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a special person. May he rest in peace
Thank you for this story of courage, compassion, an important life. And the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Sending more hugs.
How fiercely and courageously you have carried on his commitment to animals. May his memory be a blessing and his light and legacy continue.
I’m so sorry, Nathan. My condolences and love to you and your family. I wish I could have met your dad- he sounds wonderful, and I’ll be forever grateful to him for raising you, who have been such a beacon of hope for so many people and animals. He must have been an extraordinary human being. He’ll rest In Peace and Honor.
He was, I am sure, exceedingly proud of you and your work on behalf of NKACtr.
I'm taking all of the positive energy that you shared with your dad's story and sending it back to you.
Please take care of you during this time.
Thank you to you, your dad and the many others who have come to America and made this such a special place.
What a beautiful commentary and remembrance of your Dad! You were lucky to have him in your life for so long, and lucky also that he taught you compassion and respect for life. I'm sure you made him very proud.
Condolences to you and your family🌹
Beautiful words. May his memory be a blessing to you and your family.
I am so sorry for your loss -- it is always too soon -- Nathan, you have wonderful memories of him -- I hope we live to 104.
Your dad's legacy for which we all are thankful is your compassion, wisdom and love for all animals. He's always with you in your heart and memories. God bless and comfort you and your family, Nathan! Glad to have been your friend along life's journey...🐾🕊🐾
What a wonderful human! May his memory be a blessing.
May all the warm memories of your Beautiful and Amazing Father give you strength now and always.