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Eulogy for Dad

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What to say about a man like John Henry Neas, Jr., Daddy, Dad, Papa, Uncle John, Johnny, Brother, friend…hero!
Every human has heroes. These are the beings we look up to, we emulate, we forget are human.
Daddy was one such hero. He struggled with poverty, disease, alcoholism (sober for the last 40 something years!), and a host of other obstacles throughout his life. Growing up was hard, but hindsight being 20/20, I have come to realized that he gave us so much!
The gift of absolute love….Dad had a heart bigger than himself.If one of us needed him, he did everything in his power to be there for us.Patty has told me many times over the years, “Daddy was always there for me.”And, I have to agree, as I am sure many of the rest of you will, Dad was there… and not just for us…for everyone.Dad in his own way taught us that no matter how little you might have, there was always enough to share with others.He would literally give the shirt off his back if some else needed it.
I remember back in the…

Heroes Revisited

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Back a few months ago, I wrote the following:

Every human has heroes. These are the beings we look up to, we emulate, we forget are human.

I have several heroes. My parents are heroes. They have struggled with poverty, disease, addiction, and a host of other obstacles throughout their lives. Growing up was hard, but hindsight being 20/20, I have come to realized that they gave me so much! It is through my mother that I came to know and love writing, art, theater, music.


Four generations: Me, my daughter, granddaughter and my Mom

It is through my father that I learned to create something from nothing.

My DadBoth my Mom and Dad helped me see that no matter how little I had, there was always enough to share with others who were worse off than myself.

I decided to revisit this after my Dad died yesterday.
In the short span of 24 hours, I have come to hear from so many other people who saw my Dad as a hero. Doctors and nurses who fought to keep him alive...siblings, children, grandchildren...peo…