May 16th Bitter Sweet-Mike Hamby
Yesterday was a day of deep reflection for me. On May 16, 2001 my Father passed away. He was not ill and it was totally unexpected. He passed on a Wed morning about 3:30 AM. Tuesday afternoon as he left the lot around 4PM he came out to the shop where my best friend Reggie Benford and I were working in the shop, and said to us, see you guys in the morning. Well, my Dad always took Weds off, Reggie said, “no Mr H tomorrow is wed”. I said that’s right, night Pops. He laughed and walked off. I never had another chance to speak to him. My Father was a kind and generous man. He Loved his Family and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for us. I miss him everyday and I know he is smiling down on us everyday. I also know he approves of what I am doing to help kids. He Loved his Grand children very much. One of the last pics we have of him, he is holding Shay (my 16 yr old son) up, and the smile on Pops face says it all. I Love you Pops.