I am so, so sorry to share that Dad died peacefully this morning at Arleigh Burke, the nursing home (part of the Vinson Hall campus) where he has been for the past two weeks since he transitioned out of the hospital. Mom was with him as he breathed his last.
Dad asked in his final instructions for a “Celebration of Life” and to be remembered joyfully by his family and friends. That Celebration will take place in the Vinson Hall chapel (6251 Old Dominion Drive, McLean) this coming Saturday afternoon, October 25, at 2:00 p.m., led by Scott Harrison, the Vinson Hall chaplain.
My mother seems surprised that family might want to travel for the occasion, particularly so soon after the wonderful (and remarkably timely) Peak Brothers Reunion in La Jolla in August. My brother and I have reminded her that these services are for the living, and that if family wants to come, she shouldn’t fuss. But you know Mom. So I won’t recommend either way, but just quote from Dad’s final instructions: “Sounds like a great party! Wish I could be there.”