It is amazing to think that it has already been over five years since the Samiec and Uhrman families lost their patriarchs. Juli’s father, John Uhrman, passed away in 2015 and my father, Bill Samiec, died less than a year later in April of 2016. I can’t believe that they have been gone for as long as they have been and anyone that has lost a parent will appreciate that not a day goes by where we don’t think about them.
In the time that has passed, I’ve never taken the time to fully reflect upon what both of them meant to me and I certainly won’t do it justice here either. It’s not something that I’m going to bang out in a couple of minutes, but is certainly something that I’m going to come back to now that I have a platform to express myself moving forward.
Included at the top of this post is a link to a video that we put together when my father passed away. It was shown at his Celebration of Life and is something that I’ve never posted online before. I’m sharing via a link to a google drive file/folder since their is music included and I’d prefer to not have the YouTube police come after me to take it down.
Our fathers were great men. They both worked hard for their families, raised us to the best of their abilities, showed us love and compassion and were always there for us – regardless of the stupid decisions we made in life. I know if they were both with us they would be proud of who we’ve become over the past five years and we don’t plan to disappoint them moving forward.
Love you and miss you both.