I’ve been struggling for the last month with whether or not to write this post; I generally try to keep this blog relevant and professional, but I need to put that aside for a moment share some sad personal news.
A little over a month ago, my father passed away. It was unexpected, and a shock to have the man who has always been there for me my whole life suddenly disappear. That has rocked my world and left my siblings and I struggling with how to deal with it. I know it will take a long time.
I owe a lot of who and where I am to my dad, which is why I ultimately decided to post this. He was curious, technically minded, artistic (in his own way), selfless, and a hard worker; traits which have been an inspiration to me. He has always supported whatever I decided to do in my life, and indeed has made a point of taking an interest in the things that I was interested in. Somewhere between humoring me and genuine curiosity, he became casually fascinated with the business and technology of movie making. I don’t know if he ever fully understood what exactly I do every day, but we enjoyed talking about it together, and I know he was proud of me. So he deserves a place on this blog as much as anything.
Before I go, just a few bits of information I’d like to pass along to some people who might be looking for it:
I wrote a eulogy, which I read at his memorial. A few people have asked about it, so it can be found here.
He was still in the process of building his house when he died (and I think I will need to dedicate another post to that eclectic work of art in the future). My siblings and I are now the caretakers of this, but we can’t yet afford to finish it. My cousin set up a fund to help us out, should anyone care to contribute.
If you knew Joe but weren’t able to attend the memorial, we’ve planted some of his ashes under a sycamore tree in front of his house. He had a bit of an obsession with water, and so we encourage friends to come by and give the tree a drink if you feel the need to pay your respects.
To friend and colleagues who never knew him, I wish you could have met. You would have liked him.