he was my hero. It’s been so hard since the funeral and now the mourning. What has been so amazing is that all of these people that came to the funeral and are coming to my moms house for the mourning period. All love my father so much and keep telling me how great he was. I knew he was great but I didn’t know how many other people’s lives he had touched. It is great, but it is making me even more sad. I’m going home tonight to decompress, and probably take off a few more days so I can get my head together and get ready to go back to work. I didn’t even know how hard this would be even knowing that he was so sick and was going to die doesn’t prepare you. I’m putting my speech that I said at his funeral into this because it’s deserves to be read by as many people as possible. My dad was amusing and I loved him so much. Bert was my dad and he was the best. As a little girl my dad taught me to swim, ride a bike, and to dive without holding my nose. He loved our pool and would come home from work at night in the summer and take a quick dip. Having a family of females, my dad took his role of the man of the family seriously. He was the bug killer, heavy lifter and taker of cars to get them fixed. Daddy was the one we all went to for questions about anything. And he always knew the answer. If you knew my dad, you know he loved to talk about 2 things. The Weather Sports As a kid my dad taught me to look at The leaves on the trees to tell how cold it was outside. He was the person I asked what the weather was, instead of looking at a thermometer or turning on the TV. He had no need for an alarm clock, he just woke up on time every day and woke me up for school every morning if I wasn’t up already. My dad loved his Mets and would watch baseball, football or basically any sport that was on TV. He loved to talk about sports and would start a conversation with anybody about a recent game. I would sit and watch baseball with him, get Mets tickets for him and go with him to games just so I could spend extra time with him. We would stop at diners on the way, and he would eat things that my mother would never let him eat, and it would be our secret. Later in life we started going to blue claws games and my dad was pretty famous at the stadium. We went to an opening game and everybody knew him and were so happy to see him when he we got there. When my dad was working, he worked hard. As a little girl he would let me fill out order forms for him. He taught me the value of a strong work ethic. And when I asked him “Daddy what are you going to do when you retire?“ He said, I’m going to work. And soon enough he retired, took some time off, and went back to work. And that made him happy. He spent time at home with my mom, and he went to work a few days a week and felt productive and good about himself. My dad liked to have something to do, and have a purpose. My parents had a great life together. My friends loved hanging out with my parents. When we were all in Jamaica together my dad was in the pool at the pool bar with all of my friends doing shots getting drunk and having a great time. My dad never met a stranger, he could talk to anybody And he was extremely likable guy.He was kind, calming, and a gentle man and a gentleman. He treated my mom better than any husband I’ve ever seen treat a wife, and they’re 53 year marriage proves that. He is an exemplary husband father and grandfather. There is a large hole in many hearts with his absence. Anyone who got to be in my dads presence was better for it. My family and I are so grateful to everyone who is here today to not only say goodbye to my father but also to celebrate the amazing man he was when he was alive.