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Happy Father's Day - James W. Fitzpatrick Jr. - July 26, 1931 - July 22, 1995

 Dad, I stopped by to see you today. Yes, I know...it's been a long time. Last September maybe. I know I don't need a reason to visit your grave but when I was here last, I wanted to show you the car I had bought. You are the car collector....not me.

I just like having one at a time. Did you like it? It drives like a dream.

You always have that grin for me. Our funny secret grin.

You are never far away and your thoughts are my thoughts. Fathers' Day is not special anymore to me, it's just another day. I try to ignore it and rush through that day.

I miss that grin and laugh of yours. Has it been 15 years since I've heard it? Seems like yesterday...

You taught me how to become a good person. How to trust others, be truthful and how to be loyal.

You prepared me to be the businesswoman I am today.

After all that you taught me... you turned to me in the end to look out for you. I would have fought the world for you not to be in pain. 

In 1993 when this picture was taken, you were in Mesa, AZ. After being diagnosed with cancer, you and Mom came out to visit with me.

In our trip to the grocery I took this picture of you and now I see how much love there is in your eyes.

What were you thinking about dying? Were you frightened? You seemed so brave. 

You are my hero and always will be. I miss our life and how we were as a family. You were the glue that kept it all together. It's not the same ...but it is what it is. 

This was the Greyhound Station, Snappy Grill and Western Union on Third and Water Streets in Richmond, KY. Later added Jim's Pawn Shop.

Dad bought the Greyhound Station in 1956.

I grew up here and Dad taught me everything I know about good business, people and management.

I worked here during all my childhood learning how to deal with customers and understand not all needed to make a deal but just needed someone to listen.

People from all walks of life came through these doors over the years just to talk to "Big Jim". He always took time to listen to their problems or dreams. Sometimes he helped them out till they could get back on their feet.

You always saw him with a big cigar that he called his all day sucker. Whenever someone would ask him if something that were buying came with a guarantee, he would say "Yes! A sidewalk guarantee". Which meant after you got to the sidewalk, that was as long as it would be.

"A place to meet and enjoy good food" was a sign over the grill when he used to serve food too. My favorite was french fries and a Coke. Dad would serve it up for me when I got out of school each day.

In the early eighties I talked Dad into some TV commercials for cable. We had a blast putting them together and I would take extra pics of Dad doing silly things. He had a lot of fun and our outtakes were just as funny as the commercial.

We used one of his classic cars in one. It was a pink T-Bird and I was supposed to get out of it and sashay in to pawn it.

Everytime I got out of the car my velcroed belt would pop off my dress and I had to start over.

As I walked in Dr. Jenkins was at the counter pawning a chain saw to Dad for the scene. We had many takes till we got a good one without us laughing.

Like I said. It's just not the same but I'll always remember all the good times and jokes. There was plenty of that.

I love you Dad...I hope you are proud of how I turned out. I did it all for you and will carry on for both of us.

James (Jim)W. Fitzpatrick Jr.

Born July 26, 1931 Died July 22, 1995

Comment balloon 14 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • June 20 2010 12:24PM

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This is a lovely post and a great tribute. Your father is proud of you and smiling now where he is

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) over 8 years ago

Wow!!!  That was a great tribute to your dad.  Made me all teary eyed.  Sounds like you have many wonderful memories of great times with your pops.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) over 8 years ago

Lizette,

A very nice tribute to your dad.  It stirred up a few memories of my grandfather who raised me.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 8 years ago

Hi Lizette~  Your post bought tears to my eyes and made me think even more about how much I miss my dad!  I can totally see what you meant by "the love in his eyes"....

Posted by Vickie McCartney, Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY (Maverick Realty) over 8 years ago

You know I didn't think Father's day would be tough on me. As I stood outside last night looking at the sky I thought that the past 15 years have just flown by. How does time away from someone go that fast? Today he really has been in my thoughts...thanks for your kind words, Vicki, Don, Jean and Charlie. 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 8 years ago

I too know how hard this day is for those of us that no longer have our Daddy here.    They are smiling down on us and wishing only good things for us,  that I believe.   

Love you and Chanel!

Posted by Connie King over 8 years ago

Lizette,

That is a very nice and moving salute to your dad.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Lizette - Beautiful post to your dad, I'm sure he's so proud of you.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago

That was a sweet post for your dad, Lizette. He does have a kind smile, and his heart shows through his eyes.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (Lyon Real Estate) over 8 years ago

How sweet you are to do this post. I hope than when I am gone, my kids will think of me in such a light. Great post. My only suggestion is to continue to cherish Fathers Day. Don't see it as another day because of ALL the reasons you listed above. :-)

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) over 8 years ago

I'm sure he is proud of you.  Can relate to the grin.  My Dad a similar look when "the Irish in him" was coming out.  You can see his personality in his face.  Lost my Dad last year and I miss him everyday.

Posted by Jack Gilleland (Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton) over 8 years ago

Lizette, This is a nice tribute to your Dad. I lost my Father in September and this was the first Father's day without him.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 8 years ago

Great tribute to your Father, I lost mine in 1997.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 8 years ago

Lizette,

Such a beautiful tribute to your dad and, of course, he would be bursting with pride over you! Think he was pretty lucky to have you for a daughter.

Margaret

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 8 years ago

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