Thursday, December 9, 2010


Yesterday my father-in-law gently passed at the age of 93 - cogent to the end. A proud Swede, Hok was strong in a quiet, unassuming way. When he smiled, it made you smile, too! To hear him play his guitar while singing old folk songs, like Abdul a Bul Bul Ameer and Banks of the Ohio or his favorite Swedish songs, was pure delight. He loved to hear about his children, grand-children and great grand-children. Intelligent yet modest, Hok never intruded. He had a way of wandering away from the confusion of a party, a wedding or a graduation celebration and you could find him in a quiet place, maybe thumbing through a book he'd discovered. We'll miss the twinkle in his eye! I just couldn't let Hok slip away without some words of remembrance...

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