Monday, May 10, 2010

My Dad Has Passed Away

My parents divorced when I was 7 & I saw my dad when I was 8, 17 and again after 40 for about an hour. I never knew him as his current family does and sadly, I do not even know my step-brother and sister. But then again, that is what divorce does to many children and families. A parent may love a child to pieces and vice versa, but when divorce rears its head, the kids get torn.

I am sad he is gone. We would talk once in awhile about getting together to attend a NASCAR race, but it never happened. My dad died of ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). I am sad for his family the ones that knew him like I didn't, for his grandchildren who adored him, his wife who took such wonderful care of him. I am sad for my aunt who no longer has her brother. But, I am not sad for myself. Is that odd?

I sit back and watch his obituary and what others say about him and I am glad that he was a kind man and helped so many others through his volunteerism and sports & I am glad, his legacy will live on in their memory.

Wayne Burris
July 27, 1935 - May 6, 2010
Visitation: 2-4PM, 7-9PM May 8, 2010 at Westchester Funeral Home, Inc.
Funeral: 1 PM May 10, 2010 at Asbury United Methodist Church
Burris, Wayne 74, of Crestwood, died on May 6, 2010. Beloved husband of Nancy Wolf Burris. Devoted father of Keri Mahoney and her husband Joseph, and Scott E. Burris and his wife Kristin. Dear brother of Michelle Kenerly. Cherished grandfather of Faith and Sean Mahoney, and Jacob and Addison Burris. Wayne was a harness driver and trainer at various tracks throughout the country. He was very committed to sports in Eastchester for many years. He was involved with the Eastchester Little League and coached the Eastchester Blue Devils for 21 years. He and Nancy were active members of Asbury United Methodist Church in Crestwood, where they were leaders of the Asburyites. The family will receive friends at WESTCHESTER FUNERAL HOME, Inc., Eastchester on Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A funeral service will be held at Asbury United Methodist Church on Monday May 10, 2010 at 1 PM. Friends who wish may contribute to the Eastchester Blue Devils, PO Box 334, Tuckahoe, NY 10707.

I will send a contribution in his name for all the great things he did. He is now able to walk again and I know he will be watching us all!


Patty said...

My sympathy to you and your family.

Margaret said...

You have a lovely heart , it is there in your post Blessings.

Shawnee said...

I'm sorry for the loss of relationship so long ago. Bless you, sweet friend.

searchfamilies said...

So sorry to hear of your loss
Hugs Janice

karen hopkins said...

I am sad for you, Jean.. I know the pain of broken relationships, but I also know that God will , and does restore the hearts of those who are hurt, or wounded.. You are loved, and I will be praying for you sweet lady.