In memory of Wilhermino M. Velasquez

by Anabel Velasquez on 11.29.11

The Legacy of Willie

My father was a great and patient man who is very dearly missed. I miss his words of advice. He was everything to so many people, including my children. He was the father that they never had. We made sure he knew how loved he was. My children and I have come such a long way because of his loving support. I was a teenage mother and was able to graduate high school because he and my mother believed in me. When I felt that no one else understood me, he was the one that was there. Calmly, yet sternly rooting me on to better heights of responsibility that I fought against at the time, but now cherish and am thankful for now. When my mother and I had our disagreements, he was there. He was there for everything. He IS OUR HERO. He fought and won many battles against diabetes, but he was so very tired. It is selfish for us to want him back, for he is now in peace. We lovingly lay you to rest now, dear Papa. We love you so much and miss you!!!

We can hear him saying these things to us:

“Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free. I'm following the path God laid, you see.
I took His hand when I heard him call. I turned around and left it all.
I could not stay another day, To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way, I've found the peace on a sunny day.
If my parting has left a void, Then fill it with remembered joys.
A family shared, a laugh, a kiss, Oh yes, these things, I too, will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much, Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don't lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and peace to thee. God wanted me now; He set me free.”

"I wanted to write a letter to you, sent down from up above and let you know how things are and send to you my love.
I am happy now all pain is gone and loneliness is no more, Mommy, relatives, and friends were waiting for me with loving arms when I passed through the door.
They rejoiced when they saw me we walked hand in hand, down streets made of pure gold.

I know you will miss me and your heart will ache
But ties are not broken and memories don’t break.
Remember this isn’t the end you still have each other
Stay strong in the Lord and we’ll be together again.
A family we are and always will be no matter if it is twelve or thirty- three.
When you get together give each other a kiss and tell them it is from me.

With Everlasting Love,
From Papa"

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