Our friend, Mark, died very suddenly last week while on a road trip with his family. His funeral is today--Valentine's Day.
With her permission, I would like to share the tribute written by Natalie, his 18 year old daughter.
To all of you who didn't know who he was, this is a small glimpse.
It has been one week since I realized you were gone. You were the best Daddy in this world. I know you are spending time with Jesus and are probably discussing your questions about math, science and all the questions you had about this world.
I will miss seeing you wear that ridiculous hat that made you look like you were on an African safari, your terrible fashion sense and hearing you tell puns that I didn't understand half the time.
I will miss the late nights of hanging out in your office when you were finishing IBM stuff and the weird jokes we had.
I will miss how everyday you would pull me aside, give me a hug and tell me that "You know, I don't think that I have told you in awhile, I love you."
But most of all I will miss the days we never had. I am praying that God will let you witness all of the important days to come. I miss you and I love you, Daddy. I know we will see each other again someday.
Everyone who knew Mark Flemming knew what a hard worker he was, which is just why his daughter's words are so telling. Despite his demanding schedule, he still maintained a relationship with his kids.
May we all be so diligent.
"...and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Therefore, comfort one another with these words."
I Thessalonians 4: 17-18
These friends were the first to welcome us to Vermont. Just before we left, we all went out for one last dinner together. "Our years in Vermont began with you, and we want our years in Vermont to end with you," we told our friends.
Mark is far right.