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1925-2008... Well Done Dickie
March 30, 2008 @ 09:42
Thanks for all the kind words and wishes over the past few days everybody, but I'm sorry to say my dad passed away on Saturday.
Don't feel sad for me; be happy that the world got to have such a great man for the better part of 83 years. We feel blessed that we got to have him so long.
Back in September Dickie's diabetes started to gang up on him. It affected many things that resulted in him having to be hooked up to oxygen twenty four hours a day.
If you knew my dad, you realize how punishing that was.
This was a man who loved to "putter" right up until last summer. He loved to plant his flowers and walk his dog and jump in the car and go wherever at a moments notice.
All of a sudden he could do none of that and it just wasn't fair. In the end, we welcomed his passing because no one who did so much for so many others deserved to suffer the way he did. It was hard to let go, but his time had come.
What a man he was.
At 12 years old he'd work all day Saturday for 75 cents, and then go right to the butcher shop to buy a roast for his family's Sunday dinner. He was adored by his three sisters who all claimed he was their best friend.
He gave not only to family but anyone else who came into his life and needed help.
Friends, relatives, organizations, societies, food banks and his fellow veterans, Dick was always there to offer his time and lend a hand.
The Wexford Hockey Association, the Milton Legion, the Stayner Horticultural Society, it went on and on. He raised pigeons and canaries and rabbits and dogs. His green thumb was legendary and his friendship was worshiped.
I never met anyone who didn't inevitably say, "Your dad's a great guy."
He was a great husband, a great father and beloved Papa Dickie to seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Big Dick had the ability to fully appreciate the simple things in life and from them get great pleasure. It's just one part of his legacy that I will try to focus on and learn from.
I know a lot of you out there are probably wondering about Junie P.
She's doing OK, as well as can be expected.
She and my dad started going together when they were barely teenagers and last year celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They made a great pair and that's why Junie spent a good portion of yesterday wondering how she'll go on.
But she will. She's a strong old bugger and like the rest of us she couldn't stand to see Dickie suffer any longer.
I'm sure we'll spend a lot of time crying over the next few days, but through the tears we'll talk about all the wonderful things he did and how much better the world is for having had Richard Joseph Patterson in it. And we'll smile.
As for funerals and memorials and all that kind of stuff, it wasn't Dickie's style. He left strict instructions that no fuss be made after he died.
Instead, in remembrance of my dad I ask you to pay it forward.
Do something nice for someone. That's all he'd want.
March 28, 2008 @ 17:18
I’ve received several e-mails asking why I haven’t posted for the past couple of days, and I really appreciate your concern.
Unfortunately, my father hasn’t been too well lately and I’ve had to deal with some personal things.
Big Dick is hangin’ in there and he actually improved slightly today, but he’s got some struggles ahead of him and I want to be as close to him as I can.
If I don’t post over the next few days, I’m probably down at the Milton Hospital sitting with one of the greatest guys in the world.
March 28, 2008 @ 17:16
Tomorrow night I plan to be at Dan Duran’s with several friends to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Dan’s wife Jackie is recovering from recent surgery, so we plan to buy dinner at a good Thai restaurant and take it over the Duran house to save sweet Jackie the work.
And apparently we’re going to be observing Earth Hour, that silly pile of shit that some over-reacting tree hugger came up with.
According to those in the know, if everyone was to turn off their lights in Southern Ontario at eight, the power surge when all the lights were turned back on at nine will waste more energy than was saved by turning them off.
Personally I have no time for this nonsense, but it’s not my house and if the Duran’s want to do it, then I have no problem eating by candlelight.
Hab Guy E-mail
March 28, 2008 @ 17:15
"Hey Fred - do you still feel that "Top to bottom the Leafs are better
I find it really funny that you are able to think rationally about all
The Habs have won just a hand full more games than the Leafs this year, simply a case of good luck versus bad, and breaks going for one team and not the other. The Habs are flying high in a weak conference.
Once the playoffs start it's wide open in the east, one vs eight included..
If the Leafs had made it, they would have been competitive, every bit as good as the Habs.
I know, easy for me to say now, but that's what I believe.
What I find more amusing is how all the Hab fans have come out of the wood work after ten years of being inferior to the Leafs. Too funny.
And don't bring up the Stanley Cups.
The Habs haven't won won in 15 years.. its ancient history now.. and they won't win one this year either, and next year they'll probably settle back and find their real talent level.
Today With Craig And Matt
March 26, 2008 @ 10:08
The Leafs and the Ontario budget.
March 26, 2008 @ 10:07
If only the Leafs hadn’t blown that two goal lead late in the third period of a game in Carolina back in January. If only they hadn’t done the same thing in Tampa Bay a couple of nights later.
If only they hadn’t crapped out during that western road swing in late January. If only they’d won a couple of those games.
If only. If only.
Problem is, when it comes to the Leafs it gets tiring because this is the third year in a row they’ve played dumb hockey during the regular season only to turn it on much too late and fall just short of making the playoffs.
It's tiresome, but it's the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A badly managed, and badly coached hockey team that doesn’t seem to be able to improve one year to the next, and thanks to this seasons pointless late season surge, they’ll find themselves in the same old situation.
In the middle of the pack, not good enough to make the playoffs, but not bad enough to secure a top notch draft pick.
I really don’t have a snappy ending to this posting or a resolution for what ails the Leafs.
We can anxiously await the arrival of a new general manager and hope that he works the magic necessary to turn this mess around. But as Leaf fan you can count on only one thing.
Grapes - The Movie
March 26, 2008 @ 10:06
When I first heard they were going to make the "Don Cherry Movie", I thought, what's the use.
We already know all we need to know about the guy. He's been in our living rooms every Saturday night for the past 24 years and he didn't hide much.
We learned what the guy was all about, and more. Or so we thought.
But it runs out this CBC project could be worth while. The script was written by Don's son Tim it deals with Cherry's life prior to Hockey Night in Canada.
The early years, his life in the minors and how it affected his family.
Tim got to offer some insights that other script writers wouldn't, and he got to take some privileges that Don probably wouldn't have OK'ed from somebody else.
Apparently there are some scenes that are downright embarrassing.
March 26, 2008 @ 10:05
I’m thrilled to see that Freddie Savage is going to get another kick at the sit-com can.
He failed with something called “Crumbs” in 2006, but this time it’s sounds a little more promising.
Savage will play the lead male role in the pilot for “Single White Millionaire” about a rich guy in this 30’s who wants to settle down.
It’s been a tough go for Savage since “The Wonder Years” went off the air in 1993.
It was a superb show that ranks right up there with Seinfeld on my list of all time favourite television shows. It might even surpass it.
The Wonder Years was fantastic, but admittedly got a little awkward as Kevin Arnold grew older and lost his little boy looks.
I still watch the show on re-runs because it nails my childhood to a tee. The show began in 1988 and lasted until 1993, and it was set exactly twenty years prior.
When Kevin was 16 in 1972, so was I.
The Wonder Years was remarkably relatable and I have to admit, I get a heavy heart when ever I’m flippin’ through the channels and I hear this.
You've Got To Be Kidding
March 25, 2008 @ 09:17
I sit here in utter disbelief this morning as I read that Toronto could make a bid for the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Who the hell cares about the Pan Am games, and what makes anybody think the city in its current state could even begin to organize something like the Pan American Games.
I was against the Olympics coming here for all the obvious reasons, and I’m even more against something as pointless as the Pan Am games.
Can you image the current city council, which still has three years to run on a current mandate, having anything to do with putting this together? They can’t even pose for a goddamn picture let alone handle millions of taxpayer’s dollars that will probably get sucked down the shit hole.
It’s the exception to the rule to make money off these sporting events. They usually leave the host city licking its wounds as they count their losses while blurting bullshit about how wonderful it was to have the eyes of the world focused on us for two weeks.
The Pan American Games? Instead of looking for ways to host the Pan Am games, the country should be looking for ways to back out of the Beijing Games.
March 25, 2008 @ 09:16
If anybody wonders why hockey has such a crappy reputation in the States, all you have to do is look at this video.
Whenever I’m in the States I’m amazed at how hockey is ignored by the sports media down there, including the big boys, ESPN.
Hell, some nights I listen to ESPN radio on the Fan and you don’t hear the word hockey mentioned until the Fan does its own 20/20 updates.
There are exceptions however.
Whenever there’s a juicy fight, hockey gets noticed. Americans will ignore the fineness and skill and speed of this game, but give them a good fight and hockey makes the news.
That’s what happened yesterday after Patrick Roy’s imbecile son followed the instructions of the weird old man and embarrassed the game world wide.
For this reason, hockey will never be taken seriously in the States.