A Sudden Turn of Events

Mom and Dad, Matthew and me in Greenwich, 2007

Dad and Mom (in front) Matthew and me (in back) 2007

My father passed away suddenly a week ago at the age of 82, leaving behind a wife of 55 years, 3 children and 7 grandchildren, all of whom adored him. Since he died, I have spoken to many of his friends and co-workers that knew him well. They all said the same thing about him: “Del was the kindest, most generous man I have ever met.”

He was well-loved by everyone whose life he touched.

He lived a rich, full and gregarious life. He was an athlete, an actor, a director, a screenwriter, a producer, a film-maker, a realtor, a pilot and a risk-taker in just about everything he did. He forgave everyone for their misdeeds and tried to help everyone in need, at times to his own detriment.

He Loved My Mother for a Lifetime

Dad and Mom, 1957

Dad and Mom, 1957

Mom & Dad, 2009

Mom & Dad, 2009

Mom & Dad at the Hartman Theater in 1975

Mom & Dad at the Hartman Theater, 1975

I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my dad trusted and loved me unconditionally. Even when he had judgments about my life choices, he always carried a deeper faith in me that helped keep me steady as I ventured into adulthood and a life lived for God.

May He Rest in Peace


Dad and Me, 2011


I pray that he died knowing what a good and thoughtful person and loving husband and father he was and how much he contributed to the lives of others. 

I will miss his kindness, his raucous laughter and the silly Gremlin faces he used to make at the dinner table to amuse all his children and grandchildren.

Dad, I will always love you and remember your generosity above all else.



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2 Responses to A Sudden Turn of Events

  1. Paul Marcus bond March 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I love your love for your father.
    Thank you for this inspiring and touching tribute
    Love, Marcus

  2. Kate Tenney March 17, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Karen, I pray also that he knew how much he was loved. Still can’t believe he is gone.

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