Sunday, December 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Daddy

Today would have been my Dads 102nd birthday. Oh how much I miss him so. There is not one day that goes by that I don't think of him. He was such a special person in my life. Unfortunately he was taken from us with cancer in 1983 a month before my son was born.
He was a veteran of two different wars

and a father of 7 children,here with my oldest sister.

In which I was the youngest

Me with my dad and 4 brothers

My dad and my Christmas eve nephew David


When not in his work clothes, my dad always wore a white shirt and tie

He was a wonderful grandfather

in the early 70's with my sister and me

my dad walked me down the aisle

and had such loving arms.

I miss you sooo much daddy. I hope your dancing in heaven with your boys.

gone but not forgotten....

7 comments:

Shirley said...

Happy Birthday Dad! This was so sweet and I too, miss him so much. We were talking about his age yesterday and was just saying if he were still here he would most likely be making the Christmas dinner!

Richard Cottrell said...

I love all your pictures of your Daddy. My family was not much for pictures, so I have only a few and they are so dear. LOve and best Christmas wishes from My Blog to Yours. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Nancy said...

What a wonderful post about your Dad. Sounds like he had a wonderful daughter, too!
Thank you for viewing my post and leaving the lovely message.
Merry Christmas to you,
Nancy

bj said...

Such a sweet post...
I miss my daddy, too...never to old to not miss them. This time of year, of course, brings it all to the surface....So thankful for all our good memories...
xoxo bj

DearHelenHartman said...

You said it all without saying a thing - Daddys are precious and seeing your photos made me remember how much I loved mine. Thanks.

Daniella said...

Hi Ellen!
Thanks for visiting me today!
I love your pictures of your dad! Happy birthday to him!
Merry Christmas!
xxDaniella

Kathy said...

Fabulous photos! There's nothing like a father-daughter relationship! Most touching!
Hope you have a blessed week,
Kathy

Beaded ornaments

My 50th Birthday banner my sister made for my surprise party

Hedda Hopper


Birth:

May 2, 1890
Death:

Feb. 1, 1966
Actress, Journalist. Despite a 23 year career that encompassed over 120 motion picture appearances and chorus girl roles on Broadway to motion pictures, she is best remembered for her newspaper column and radio show that focused exclusively on Hollywood gossip, a subject she was able to tell more about to her audience due to her Hollywood insider status. Born Elda Furry in Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she left school to act on Broadway. In 1913 she married marquee star William DeWolfe, a man who was 32 years her senior. They had one son, and divorced in 1922, but she kept his name for the rest of her life (and changed her name to Hedda on the advice of a numerologist). In 1931 she began “The Hedda Hopper Show”, which initially ran as a 15 minute gossip show mostly devoted to Hollywood marriages and divorces. Enormously popular, it ran until 1951, and on the strength of its popularity she started the “Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood” column in the Los Angeles Times in 1938. She steadily gained a reputation for exposing tidbits about the lives of Hollywood figures, and created a character of herself in her own right, especially in regard to her vast collection of sometimes outrageous hats, and a long standing feud with rival gossip columnist Louella Parsons. With the advent of television’s popularity in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he radio show waned, but she herself became a staple of television programs and game shows, being a frequent panelist on “What’s My Line?’, and appear on shows like “I Love Lucy”, “The Colgate Variety Hour” and “The Beverly Hillbillies”. In 1960 she received the Journalistic Merit award, and published her autobiography “The Whole Truth and Nothing But!”, which recapped her over 20 years or being an Hollywood insider. She died in Los Angeles of double pneumonia in 1966, working right up until her passing. As a Hollywood icon, she created a number of friends and enemies; she gave harsh advice to actress Ida Lupino, which helped her gain recognizable part, but was despised by actress Joan Bennett, who once sent her a skunk. In 1985 a movie about the feud between her and Parsons was released as “Malice in Wonderland”, which Jane Alexander as Hedda Hopper and Elizabeth Taylor as Louella Parsons