Goodbye, Dad

The summertime Milky Way soars over a maple tree on a recent night under the stars. Photo: Bob King

My father passed away earlier this week, and today we celebrated his memory. He supported my interest in astronomy as a child, built a darkroom for me in the basement and taught me the art of grilling steaks and hamburgers in all four seasons. He was a good guy who worked hard all his life. Thanks for everything, Dad – the family you left behind, your sense of humor and the simple fact that if not for you and Mom, I wouldn’t be around to enjoy this universe.

18 Responses

  1. Robert

    Hi Bob, Sorry to hear about your dad. Sounds like you have a lot of great memories of him.
    My thoughts and prayers are toward you and your family at this time. Rob

  2. Please accept our condolences- we know what it is like to lose parents- no matter what age it seems there isn’t enough time- I think some of his teaching has rubbed off on your interest as we have always enjoyed your columns. Look to the stars- you will see him-there will be a certain twinkle, or a wisp of coud passing by or a rufffle in the breeze that will wrap around you and feel like a hug-

  3. Dan

    Wish I didn’t know what you’re going through, but we lost our Dad four years ago. Words won’t mean much, but you have our condolences. Take out the telescope or grab the camera and do what you do best. Sometimes that helps.

    1. astrobob

      Tom, Robert, Tansey, Dan, Naomi, Jack, Kate and everyone – thank you for such heartfelt wishes. You’re the best.

      1. John

        Bob I am terribly saddened by this news, I send you sincere condolences. Please know that thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Marlyn

    So sorry about your lost. My family lost a grandfather, father & husband (of 57 years) on May 19 and we know how much a loved one can be missed and what loneliness it brings.

  5. Mike T.

    I thank your Father for his love of you to share with you what he must have loved. I am grateful that he ignited your passions for the sky and nature and photography and that you, thankfully, share those with all of us Bob. May God bless you and your family. Wrap yourself in the comfort that those great memories of him. You are one of his great legacies. I’m glad to know you even just through this. I’d give you a hug as I know how deep this loss can be. Take care Bob.


  6. Val Gandara

    I’m new here, sorry to read about your Dad.
    My mom passed in ’76 and I still miss her dearly.

    Your Dad may have passed but he will always be with you, especially on those coldest darkest nights when your out side and thinking that your alone looking into the heavens.
    It may help you this Father’s day to still get a cake or whatever you usually did for him and still partake in the ceremony of the day. I know for a few years after mom was gone I still baked her birthday and mom’s day cakes and it was kind of healing for the family to see her remembered in some small fashion.

    1. astrobob

      Val, thank you for your good wishes about my father. Remembering your mom with a cake each year – what a wonderful idea 🙂

  7. Orkun

    Sorry to hear this bob, your father must be proud. You have such a hugh knowledge about the universe. I wish you and all of your family the best for the future.

    1. astrobob

      Thanks Orkun. I do appreciate your concern. What I know about the universe is microscopic compared to what there is to know.

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