For My Dad

Dad

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose;
All that we love deeply becomes a part of us."


In Loving Memory of a remarkable Father

THOMAS ALDEN SCHRAH
December 18, 1922 - December 29, 2010



For My Dad

"My Fathers which art in heaven,"
Is a prayer I want to share,
Since my Dad has gone to Heaven,
I have two Fathers now up there.

The Lord knew my Dad was hurting,
With so much anguish and distress,
That it was time to bring him home,
And grant him endless painlessness.

Dove
Oh, dear Daddy, how I miss you,
I did not want for you to die,
Though I know you're better off now,
Still ... in selfishness ... I cry.

You were such a good Dad to me,
I loved you more than you could know,
I was so proud you were my Dad,
Although I never told you so.

Dove
So many words I should have said,
I took for granted that you knew
How very much that you were loved,
How very much I thought of you.

The one thing that consoles me some,
And helps me not to feel so bad,
Is one day we will meet above,
When I can say, "I LOVE YOU, DAD!"

Dove
"My Fathers which art in heaven,
Please take care of one another,
Dad, please praise God;   God, please bless Dad,
I love you both."   Your daughter.

For Penny Parker upon the Death
of her Beloved Father, Tom Schrah

Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright January 2011
Revised August 2011


Dove



Tom was born December 18, 1922 to Albert and Bertha Schrah. He was the only son of four surviving children.

He married his sweetheart, Mimi, in October 1942 and was drafted into the Army in February 1943. He served in WWII for 3-1/2 years in the Pacific Ocean Theatre. Upon returning from the war, he became the father of five children.

Tom was an excellent automobile painter most of his life and did not stop working until he became too sick at the age of 82 years.

He was an avid lover of football and auto racing and raced his own "hot-rod-truck" until he was 79 years old.

Tom was a humble and unselfish man. He had a heart made of gold and did a lot to help others. He was a loyal friend to many people and was a very loving and caring father. He made many sacrifices for his family and friends throughout his lifetime.

Tom passed away in his home in Denver, Colorado on December 29, 2010 at the age of 88 years.

His loving spirit and generous heart will be sorely missed by all who knew him but his legacy will live on in all those he influenced and inspired over the years.



I give my heartfelt thanks to my precious friend, Ginny Ellis, for investing her time and thoughts in writing the above poem about my Father.  It came to me as a complete surprise and will ALWAYS remain a treasure in my heart.  My deep appreciation cannot be described in words.  Thank you so very much Ginny!

To read more of Ginny's wonderful poetry
on her own website, please  click here.


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