- 88 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 18, 1926
- Place of birth:
Spokane, Washington, United States
- Date of passing: Jul 19, 2014
- Place of passing:
San Diego, California, United States
|To see the world in a grain of sand. And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand. And eternity in an hour. ~William Blake|
This memorial website was created for my beloved Dad, Jack Maughmer. He was the smartest man I have ever known & I am proud that he was my Father. May we all remember him for eternity.
"Dearest Dad, I am missing you so much today. I think of you every day, but your Birthday seems to be a difficult day for me. We are having an especially hard winter here this year and yet, there is so much beauty that surrounds us. This afternoon, as we were shoveling more even snow off all the roofs, a large bald eagle kept soaring in circles above us. It did this for about an hour and appeared to be checking us out. I kept thinking of you as I watched it. Maybe you sent it somehow to make me smile, I'd like to think so. A lot has happened during this past year, and 2016 was a very difficult one. A lot of sadness and a lot of loss. Sometimes, I feel so alone and cut off from the world. I have become so isolated and unsociable. I guess I just got so tired of being hurt so that is part of why I stay to myself. I remember you telling me about friendship, and the warnings you gave me about being too trusting. You were so right Dad, and you were also right on about how it will finally dawn on me in my mid 50's like it did to you. I sure wish you were here now to say "I told you so!" Well, I have to go shovel another roof so no more will collapse. Hey Dad, why didn't you tell me is snowed so much up here? Oops, I guess you did, but I didn't listen ;) Anyway, live goes on, and on, and on! But, I can hardly wait to meet up with you again soon! Love you and Happy Birthday to you Dad!"
"So often I read or hear something, especially about the wonders of the universe, that I think of you and wish that you could be here to engage in speculative conversation. I will miss you always, dear brother, along with brother Bob and now our beloved son Cliff. It has been painful losing so many loved ones, but the happy thoughts will remain and some day we will meet again. Love, your sister Jean."
I hope that wherever you are, you are happy or peacefully resting. It has now been 2 years since you left us. Sometimes it seems only yesterday that I was talking to you or reading one of your letters. Other times it seems like an eternity. Time goes by and is supposed to heal the pain of loss, but for me it has not. I feel very unresolved about how you passed away and why. It is probably something I will never find out in this life, but I am sure my questions will be answered in the next life.
I sure do miss you. I still get the urge to write you a letter every now and then. I don't have anyone else I can tell things to. You understood me so well and understood the path in life I had chosen. It has been a difficult decision to do what I do in the caretaking of John. But I gave my word, and my word is my life. Only you could understand that once I gave my word to lookout for him, I was committed. Mom and Jeff never did get that, but you did. I thank you for your understanding. I miss you Dad. Rest in Peace!
"Oh Dad, I have been thinking of you so very much. I still am missing all those little notes you used to send me. It was always the highlight of my day to get them from you when I went to my PO Box, and I still have every one. I so enjoyed hearing about the latest interests you were researching, books you were reading, or the amusing antics of the cats, raccoons and blue jays. I know how much you did enjoy life!
- Today is your Birthday. You would be 90 here on Earth! -
Time here is going by quickly for me. The older I get, the faster it goes. I'm fine with that. The way things are going on this Planet, I just want off of it! I hope to see you in the near future, Dad. Then you can show me what cool new stuff you've discovered in the universe since we last spoke!
Happy Birthday Dad! Know that I love you. Always have and always will! Peace be with us all!"
"Dear Dad, Finally, I got through 2015. It had been such a long, painful and difficult year. I didn't really celebrate the Holidays, too much going on. I wish so much that I could reach out to you for advice. I remember what you told me about how when you reached your mid 50's you finally realized what friendships were really all about. I now understand what you were trying to tell me. I have learned the hard way, kind of like you did. So, how do you get past it? I guess time will solve that for me as it did for you. But, I will persevere, as you did. Best wishes for a new year, wherever you are. Remember, I love you and I hope you will be proud of me that no matter how things turn out, I have always tried my best to do "The Right Thing"! I love you Dad... Always!"
"My Dear Dad,
I have been missing you so very much. A whole year has now gone by since you passed away. Today, 07/19/2015, was the 1st anniversary of your passing! This entire past week has brought up a lot of reflective thought and emotion for me. Sometimes, it only feels like a month has gone by since I last heard from you. Other times, it feels like many years have passed. I think I have finally come to terms now with you being gone. I know it happens to all of us eventually. Death is part of life. I believe you are in a safe place and are resting in peace. I know that we will see each other soon in the next life and I look forward to that.
Remembering you always,
"Oh Dad, all day long I have been thinking about you and missing you! It is Father's Day and I can't even mail you a card or a letter any more. At least I know you are safely resting in peace until I see you again. Oh the wonders of the universe we will explore when the time comes. I love you Dad. Happy Father's Day!"
"Dear Dad, today is your Birthday & I have been thinking of you all day long & missing you so much. There is a lot I'd like to tell you about. I have lots of new adventure stories to share about moose, deer, eagles, dogs & snow! I guess I'll just have to wait until we are reunited in Heaven to tell you about them, wherever that may be. I am looking forward to that day very much to see you again. Happy Birthday Dad. I love you!"
"All day I thought about you brother Jack and wished I could call and say Happy 89th Birthday, but that won't work. But you always said that you often tried spiritual messages, so I've sent one on your way and hope that we can make contact. You are loved and missed--always. Send Pam a message, too. It would make her day. Love you!"
"Dad, I am really missing you! I keep thinking I need to compose my usual "long" Christmas letter to you, but then I remember, you are not here to read it this year. I wish I could talk to you. I so much need your advice right now! I'm at a loss as to how i should handle some very difficult things. I guess I just have to rely on the fact that somewhere in me... is you! Merry Christmas Dad!"
"To My Dad,
You have always been my "monolith" of strength & inspiration. You were the smartest person I have ever known & I have been so proud all these years of all your accomplishments & gifts. You installed in me a beautiful gift of that special "quiet inner strength" that you had; to never give up! You also inspired in me as a child, my love of the wilderness & my enjoyment of Astronomy. All were true gifts of the heart. I miss you very much here on Earth, but every time I view the Heavens you'll be with me, visiting Andromeda, The Pleides, The Orion Nebula & beyond! I love you Dad & I am so proud & honored to be your daughter.
See you in the "Morning"!
~ Pamela A. Maughmer, Naples, Idaho"
"Grey squirrel, grey squirrel, swish your bushy tail
Hold a nut between your toes
Wrinkle up your funny nose
Grey squirrel, grey squirrel, swish your bushy tail"
"I am missing you every day. Each evening I look at the Heavens & think of you. Thank you for the wonderful gift of "the wonder of the Universe" that you gave to me. I love you Dad!"
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