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He emailed me the day before he left for vacation with my brother, sister in law, and nephew, which is when and where he passed away. The email was mostly full of news about his progress restoring his home and working on his art. His last lines, however, sent me crying instantly. The words are heavy with extra meaning considering the context, but the message is still excellent advice regardless of when it was given:
"Be good, keep your chin up and be your best.
love ya, dad"
I'm trying, Dad. On all three counts, I'm trying.