Hope and Heroes

And as we reach the end

of this journey 

We stand

hand in hand,

in hand to hand

Our collective tears combine

to create a gentle river

that will carry you Home

We love you, Dad

From you, we learned 

all that matters:

Be kind

Be loving

Hold family above all else

Be courageous 

Be courteous 

Always fight for what is right

Remember that laughter

is sometimes 

the best medicine

We love you, Dad

From you we received 

many gifts

Precious memories to 

sustain us as we say


We recall the sound 

of your big, booming voice 

as you offered sage advice

We hear the sound 

of your sweet, gentle voice

as you serenaded us with song

As we all come together,

your wife and daughters,

your many grandchildren,

friends and extended family

and those we’ve woven into

the fabric of this blessed life,

we honor you

We love you, Dad

Your unwavering love for Mom,

the woman to whom you are

completely devoted, is the

brightest star in this incredible 

universe that you created together

It’s the foundation of our world

and because of your love and legacy, it will live forever

Rest easy, Dad

Go in peace 

Your work here is done

We’ll hold you in our hearts

as I know you’ll hold ours

With the dawn of each new day,

we’ll remember your smile and

dare to dream of the moment

we’ll see you again

Love you, Dad


  1. Such a beautiful poem! It truly expresses a lifetime of your love for your dad and his for you, your mom, and the rest of your family. It has the perfect balance of sadness and gratitude.
    Im thinking of you and your family.

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  2. Michele,
    With each line of your poem I remembered him. Thank you for sharing your gift. Mr Keating is a wonderful man. My heart is broken for you and your family. The legacy he left will live forever. Keeping you close in my heart. ♥️

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