- 67 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 29, 1948
- Date of passing: Jul 10, 2016
|Let the memory of Don be with us forever|
"My fondest memories of you were going to your house as a teenager to hang out with Tarin. I had a lot of ups and downs with my home life in those days and I remember you showing concern for me and asking me if I was ok or needed help. Of course I would never accept it but I've always been grateful for your concern for my welfare, I didn't feel that many people were at that time. I hope you are at peace where you are, I will be grateful to you always! Love, Brandy"
"Happy birthday in Heaven, Dad!!! I hope you're going to do something great today. If you get around to it, come visit us here on Earth. I'll be sending you some gifts later. I sure hope you get each one and it makes your birthday extra special. I think of you every single day, Dad. Some days are easy and other days I have several moments of sadness. I need visits from you to help my mind rest. Please come visit. HAPPY 68th BIRTHDAY, DAD!!!! I love you!!!"
"Don you were my big brother who I did not know well but loved you and your sense of humor. The Christmas you told me you had bought me training bras was one I remember. I thought about opening them...but it was a camera in the package. I got a lot of use our of the camera. Never forget you were the coldest child of Wilma and B. Donald Chmela.."
"I miss you Dad. Not a single days goes by where I don't think of you. I'm reminded each day with subtle hints that you are not far. It's not fair that you have left us. I'll be selfish and say out loud that it's not fair! In my world, you left too soon. You were so loved and thought highly of by so many. You helped so many people in life...why did you have to go? I'm forever grateful that I spent the last week of your life with you. We joked, held hands, laughed, sipped beer from a hospital bed, watched Naked and Afraid, visited with friends and family, and I quietly said my good-byes before I left just a few short hours before you passed. I know you heard my every word. You responded the best you could in your condition, and that's ok. I knew you were halfway between your body and your new world and I didn't want to pull you back while on your journey but I needed to tell you things and I do know you heard me. Thank you for acknowledging my pain while I watched you go through the process of crossing over. I felt you squeeze my hand when I cried. I will never forget it. Come visit me often and know that you will never be forgotten and will always be in my heart. Love you."
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