Happy Birthday Papi!

Today’s my Dad’s birthday.  He would’ve been 56 years old.  Even though he is not here with me in real life, I feel he is with me in spirits.  He died 14 years ago, at the young age of 42, from complications with diabetes –  Just a week after we came back from our vacation from Florida.  It was a HUGE shocker to the whole family because he looked so healthy.  No one knew he was sick.

He was always very thoughtful, lovable and a very caring person.  Everyone that knew him, loved him.  He was that kind of person.  He was a very hard worker too.  He always made sure my sister and I had everything we needed and more.  He was a Correction Officer in Rikers Island.  He was only 3 years from retiring.  I still can’t believe it has been 14 years.  After all these years, I miss him like crazy.  I hate the fact that my kids missed the opportunity of having a terrific grandfather.  Since he was a great father, I knew he would’ve been a great grandfather too.

So I’m dedicating this post to my dad. Happy Birthday Papi!  We miss you and love you!


  1. I’m so sorry you lost your dad so young. You have written such a beautiful tribute to him. What a wonderful guy! I hope your sons grow up to be like him. 🙂 God bless.

  2. I lost my father 16years ago and I still miss him like mad so I totally understand what you are feeling..

    But I’m sure he is looking down on me all the time just like yours is 🙂

    Happy birthday to your father 🙂

  3. I didn’t know your Papá passed away so young. No wonder you miss him so much you were very young when he passed away. He was a very handsome man, he, he. Sending muchos abrazos your way 🙂

  4. Hey Lisa….my thoughts are with you. ((((HUGS MAMI))))

  5. Oh wow, that would be so hard! It’s so awesome though that you had the chance to spend the week in Florida with him, what a blessing!


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