- 68 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 1, 1943
- Place of birth:
Cohoes, New York, United States
- Date of passing: May 9, 2012
- Place of passing:
Clifton Park, New York, United States
|Let me tell you that you shouldn't squander your life. Take an early morning walk, breathe in the fresh air and be glad you are alive. A better world is in our grasp and we have a lot to live up to. ~Jim Loveday (January 1, 2011)|
This memorial website was created in loving memory of an exeptional man, Jim Loveday. Born, on September 1, 1943, he was 68 when he passed away on May 9, 2012, with his two daughters by his side. We will remember him forever.
As you know, my father wasn't one to dwell on the negative. He always looked on the bright side of things and he wished for us to do the same. After his first stroke in June of 2011, he told me that if he were to die, he didn't want us to mourn the loss of his life. He said he didn't want a wake or a funeral.
Instead, he wanted us to have him cremated. He told us that instead of an urn, we were to use an empty can of Yuban coffee (his favorite). He even had a giant one saved in the Garage for us. As my sister and I met with the funeral home to arrange for his cremation, we couldn't help but laugh as we handed over the coffee can to the director. Dad had once again succeeded in making the people around him smile.
He said that he wanted us to throw a massive party to celebrate his life, with loud music, strong drinks, and good food. He wanted to be sure that we would come together, rather than go into isolation. His final instruction to us was to go to Lake George, ride the Minne-Ha-Ha and to scatter his ashes into the lake, so that he could spend eternity in his favorite place.
We intend to honor his wishes. This summer, our family will be throwing a massive blowout BBQ to celebrate the life of this amazing man. Dress code is Hawaiian shirts and drinks with umbrellas will be provided (just as he would have done). During our annual family camping trip, we will ride the Minne-Ha-Ha and we will scatter his ashes into Lake George.
We should all find comfort in the fact that my dad spent his life protecting and taking care of others. He cared very deeply for the people in his life. He lived every moment of his existence for his family. The result is that he has passed on his legacy of love, care and support.
Most of all, we will follow his guidance, most poignently expressed in the quote I found on his Facebook page.
"Let me tell you that you shouldn't squander your life. Take an early morning walk, breathe in the fresh air and be glad you are alive. A better world is in our grasp and we have a lot to live up to." ~Jim Loveday (January 1, 2011)
Wise words Papa Bear. Your cubs will make you proud. We will live our lives to the fullest, in your honor and in your memory.
"What a awesome and thoughtful page. I know that you have made your dad proud."
"What a beautiful tribute ... You are all in our thoughts and prayers."
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