PHOTO 1 and 1a - The two photos above were taken around 2015-2018 (the B&W photo was one of the last photos of Dad at the house in Spring Tx.
PHOTO 2 DAD AND HIS TWO BIG SISTERS – MARJORIE (Margie) AND Barbara (BOBBY). Photo taken in 1928 when Dad was one year old.
PHOTO 3 - Graduation from University of New Hampshire in 1951, Grandpa, Dad, and Nana
Figure 1 - Dad, age 12, with 2 girlfriends (kidding) with his two big sisters Margie and Bobbie
PHOTO 4 Graduation from University of New Hampshire in 1951
PHOTO 5 Dad in Navy uniform 1945
PHOTO 6 EARLY "SELFIE" (Press timer on camera and run like heck to get into the picture)
PHOTO 7 - Picture of Dad and Mom either just married, or just engaged
PHOTO 8- ME AND DAD – OCTOBER 1958
PHOTO 9 - This is an interesting photo that Glenn just ran across: Dad and Grandpa working on the house in Maine before it was renovated
PHOTO 10 - I took this picture of Dad the night he did not get a seat on the local water board (1964/5). It didn't look like it bothered him much, but Mom was in the doorway to the right, trying her best at shooing me (and my Instamatic camera) away.
PHOTO 11 - Dad almost always had a toothpick or two on him. Taken 1970 in Enfield, Ct.
PHOTO 12 every home has a "command center" and this small table in the kitchen was ours
Each morning, the kitchen table was the center point of attention and activity. Monday - Friday Dads routine would be squeezing oranges so we’d have fresh, and pulpy juice. On days where he wasn’t feeling so great he’d fresh squeeze lemons, pour it into a glass that held a packet or two of BC powder, stir – then down the hatch. His unspoken moto was: “If BC powder can’t fix me, nothing can”.
PHOTO 13- I'm pretty sure this was taken when Dick and Judy came to visit (early 70's Enfield, Ct)
PHOTO 14 Enfield Ct. House 1972 (Dad’s expression: “Quit taking pictures and let’s get to Sears)
On Saturday morning Dad would study the weekend sales flyers from W.T. Grants, Bradley’s, Sears, and others - much like General Patton would do when deciding where to attack. Dad’s “Palermo” was almost always Sears. After that major decision he’d determine what department to first land his forces, which usually consisted of Dad and I, and occasionally the 3 of us: Dad, Glenn, and myself. The choices were fairly simple: Hardware, Lawn & Garden, and Automotive. Patton had his hand guns, and Dad had a No.2 pencil tucked behind an ear, and a sharp eye for a new tool…
PHOTO 15 - Dad's "MECCA": The hardware dept. at Sears
Our most embarrassing moment in any Department store came courtesy of the music each store piped throughout the building. Dad considered himself to be one of the top 5 whistlers in the country, so once we got inside the store he’d begin whistling along with the music coming from the speakers above. It was never a quiet whistle because Dad only had one setting – LOUD.
Occasionally he got a few looks his way, to which he’d smile and give a nod of thanks for their appreciation of his talents. Glenn and I would shadow Dad from a parallel aisle to avoid the association, but eventually we figured out a way to use Dad’s whistling to our advantage. Once inside the store we’d disengage from Dad and run off to other areas of interest and whenever we wanted to track him down it was a simple method: follow that whistle. As it increased in volume we could pinpoint what department he happened to be in, and this approach never failed us once.
The remaining plans included a stop at the local package store, insuring he’d be home by noon, which would give him all afternoon to work on his latest wood working project/home repair as well as tending to his garden, which had some of the biggest Zucchini squash I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.
PHOTO 16 Basement shop bend in Enfield Ct.
He meticulously kept track of all his tools by paining an outline of each one on a sheet of peg board that was then mounted above his work bench, in the basement. Next to using one of his tools without permission, misplacing that tool was a cardinal sin.
PHOTO 17 - Late 60's picture of Dad, Glenn, and Mom at a go-cart racetrack where they took Glenn to for his Birthday. Dad still didn’t trust me with his 35mm camera yet (hung around his neck) so this was taken with my Kodak 126 Instamatic camera.
PHOTO 18 - This picture was taken around 1971-72 at Uncle Craig and Aunt Margie's house in Wellesley, Ma.
PHOTO 19 DAD TOOK THIS PHOTO OF GRANDPA AND NANA AT THEIR HOUSE IN MAINE (late 60's). I remember Dad and Cousin Mike painting the house one summer (while my lazy 13yr old self traipsed along the shoreline or in the woods).
PHOTO 20 Cushing Maine early 70's (toothpick in mouth)
PHOTO 21 Cushing Maine early 70's
I accompanied Dad on many trips to Cushing, Maine, where his plans usually revolved around two things: Work around the house (painting & gardening) and cutting a clear path down the property line of the woods across the road. He’d do the cutting, and I would pull those cuts off to one side. I also shot a lot of trees and maybe one or two giant horse flies with my .22 rifle during our outings. ** While typing this, a memory of Nana warning us about a dangerous animal called a “Fisher “popped into my head (Don’t go in the woods, or “the Fisher” might get you”)
PHOTO 22 - The fearsome Fisher
PHOTO 23 - Dad took this picture thru the bay window in Flintwood, which had a great view of Grandpa’s garden and the St. George River.
PHOTO 24 Photo of Dad checking in on Grandpa's garden
PHOTO 25 Dad W/GRANDPA 1966
PHOTO- taken one Saturday morning when Dad took me to work @ Combustion Engineering
PHOTO 26 - Dad wearing his "Crazy" shirt (Enfield, ct.)
Dad had a love, and creative flow for photography. Every fall he would go out in search of fall foliage, often taking Glenn and I with him. He started out with a no-name 35mm rangefinder camera, later upgrading to a larger format (2 ¼ x 2 ¼), and let me use the 35mm camera whenever I wanted.
Early on, Dad usually had his camera hanging off one side of his body like an odd appendage, and almost always used Slide film. Both Glenn and I have spent a lot of time going through hundreds of Dad’s slides, and yet we haven’t truly begun to scratch the surface of all of the slides we have in storage.
The most vivid memory I have about Dad and his photography passion was being held captive in the living room during those times he brought out the slide projector and subjected us to hours of viewing one slide after the other, with a lengthy narration of how-and-why he took each picture. Whenever friends or relatives came to visit both Glenn and I knew we were in for a long night viewing slides that we’d seen over, and over 😁
If YouTube and the Internet had been around back then, Dad would have been one of the first to document his life in photos.
PHOTO 27 - APRIL 1959 - OHIO
PHOTO 28 - APRIL 1959 - OHIO
PHOTO 29 - CINCINNATI OHIO - MOM AND DAD LIVED THERE FOR A SHORT TIME BEFORE MOVING TO CALIFORNIA
PHOTO 30 - Dad took one last photo of Cincinnati before moving us to California (1959)
PHOTO 31 DAD & MOM W/ GRANDPA AND NANA (and maybe Aunt Margie) - LATE 50's
PHOTO 32 - Mom and Dad (Spring, Texas late 70's)
PHOTO 33 - Dad at the Spring Tx. house (mid-70's)
PHOTO 34 DAD AND I (BRIAN) WHEN HE CAME FOR A VISIT FROM CHICAGO (late 80’s)
PHOTO 35 A later picture of Glenn, Dad, and Myself
PHOTO 36 DAD AND MOM WITH MY OLDEST SON - JOSH
PHOTO 37 Left-to-Right: Dad, Josh, Myself, Chris, and Glenn (2002)
[The photo above was taken in 2002/2003. Josh and Chris are Dad’s grandsons (my sons).]
THIS NEXT LOT OF PHOTOS ARE FROM 2012 - 2021
PHOTO 38 UNDATED TRIP BACK EAST, DAD & GLENN (and I'm taking a guess on the rest) with Aunt Margie and Cousins Stewart & Lynn (her children).
PHOTO 39 JUNE 2010, DAD, MY SON CHRIS AND HIS WIFE ADA
PHOTO 40 - Taken May 5th 2008 when we were celebrating Glenn's upcoming birthday
PHOTO 41 Dad, Robin, Brian August 08, 2010 Photo by Glenn
PHOTO 42 - Dad at the house in Spring, Tx. (2010)
PHOTO 43 - Dad at our (Robin, Brian) wedding reception 2011
PHOTO 44 - Dad on a visit to our house in Sugar Land, along with his Grandson Josh, and Great Grandson Jack (2012)
PHOTO 45 - Dad's 85th Birthday at our house in 2012
PHOTO 46 Thanksgiving weekend visit with Dad at Spring Texas in 2013
PHOTO 47 DAD IN WASHINGTON D.C. AT WWII MEMORIAL (2019?)
PHOTO 48 COWBOY BUD AND HIS SIDEKICK GLENN
PHOTO 49 DAD - ALWAYS A WINNER (DATE UNKNOWN)
PHOTO 50 ANOTHER ONE WHERE I'M NOT SURE OF THE DATE: GLENN, DAD, ME (BRIAN)
PHOTO 51 Taken at Dads old apartment. Pictured: Dad, Robin (my wife), and myself (Brian)
PHOTO 52 Celebrating Father’s Day 2009, Houston Texas (pic 1)
PHOTO 53 Celebrating Father’s Day 2009, Houston Texas (Pic 1a)
PHOTO 54 - MY SON CHRIS, AND DAD - 2012
PHOTO 55 - DAD, MY SON CHRIS, GRANDSON NICHOLAS, (AND ME) 2012
PHOTO 56 - FATHER'S DAY 2014 (SPRING TEXAS)
2020 AND COVID
No one knew how bad COVID-19 would be, but Robin and I managed a visit on the 1st Sunday of March 2020. The next week everything was shutdown, including visits to the home where Dad, and to some extent, Glenn lived. I don’t believe the building management allowed visiting until earlier this year (2021). At first, residents would be allowed outside the building where up to 5 family members could visit, as long as we all had masks on. Robin and I had absolutely zero issues about wearing our masks just as long as we got to finally visit “eyeball-to-eyeball”.
Vaccination’s had begun in January, and finally the rules were relaxed a bit. Visitors would have to ring a doorbell to get an attendant to open the front doors and then we walked to a machine that took our temperatures while the administrators behind the desk made copies of our vaccination cards. Once we got to Dad’s room we could take our masks off during the visit.
It was clear that Dad was on a sliding scale mentally, but the difference between July and September was, in our eyes and hearts – Brutal.
PHOTO 57 Robin took this picture of me and Dad in March 2020, just before everything was shut down
PHOTO 58 this photo, was taken in January of 2021. Dad is thumbing through a calendar that we had Walgreens make for us, featuring 12 pictures that Dad enjoyed looking at
PHOTO 59 - In the calendar, March 2021 featured a photo of our old house back in Connecticut
PHOTO 60 - In May of this year (2021) we met up my Son Chris and his family. Along with the usual suspects in this picture, Dad's Great Granddaughter Abigail is telling us a story.
PHOTO 61 July 18th 2021. He was still there at times, but that quickly changed after that visit. It’s the last photograph we have of Dad, still being Dad…
THANK YOU FOR VIEWING THESE PHOTOS, WHICH HELP FLESH OUT OUR DADS LIFE
GLENN, DAD, BRIAN
To save your scrolling thumb, another section has begun! At this time I have only one adventure to list, but as with this living page, we’ll have more stories and/or individual photographs to share:
(AS always, when new and interesting photos are found, they’ll be added to this page or Dad’s adventures page)