My dad was a youth in his early teens when the Americans started to drop bombs on the weapons factories in the villages and towns near his boyhood home in Eastern Germany. As frightening as each air raid was, his family and he were pleased that Hitler’s Germany was coming to an end.
When it turned out that the area in which he lived was going to be a puppet regime for communist rule, he found a way to escape across the border into Western Germany and later on to Canada. He stayed there a while but destiny and perhaps the opportunity to chase the American Dream brought him to this country. He has now been a naturalized citizen for many years and is proud of his new homeland and what is means to be a member of this great and honorable nation.
He worked as a baker throughout his whole career often being able to implement recipes and techniques learned as an apprentice back in Germany. He always worked hard, often getting up in the wee hours of the morning to get in to the bakery to get the bread, doughnuts, and other pastries ready for the public to purchase later in the day. He always supported his family financially and emotionally and dutifully performed the functions of father and husband cheerfully and without complaint whether we were grateful or not.
More recently, he has suffered some health problems which have required him to step back a bit and allow us to serve him much the same as he has served us all these years.
Thank you Dad for all you have done for us over the years and we are grateful for the opportunity to reciprocate however we can. You’ve been a great father and we want to wish you a heart felt Happy Father’s Day!
We love you Dad!