I lost my father this week

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My father passed away this past Monday, after a long battle with cancer. Through it all he bravely fought the disease, but as other problems developed, it became too much for him to overcome. While he was 77 years of age, he was planning a comeback and had much more that he wished to accomplish. I owe so much to my father, and for that I'll always be eternally grateful. He was always there to provide me with advice. He didn't have much interest in music, but he loved business, and he was always interested in my business, which I've had for over 23 years.

I had typed a very long tribute to my father, but when I went to post it, my computer locked up. I don't think that post ever made it to this board, and I hadn't saved the info to my hard drive.

I've never been one to post too often to this site. I have a dual career because there are two businesses that I've loved, so in addition to running my DJ operation, I have a full-time job as well. I used to read messages on this board on a daily basis to keep up on the news and views, but I haven't had time to even do that very much for over a year. I realize that none of you reading this would have ever met my father, but just sharing a few comments here seems to be a little theraputic for me. Had you met my dad, I'm sure you would have found some common ground to have a long conversation, as my dad looooooved to talk! There's only a handful of you on here that probably even know who I am. I always attend the big Mobile Beat convention, but had to skip this past year's event when dad's health was such that he could no longer drive. After suffering kidney failure, that meant that he required dialysis three times a week, and often had other medical appointments. I decided to skip the convention so I could spend time with him and help with his appointments. I know he thought he was being a burden to my mother, brother, and me, but I know I sure as heck didn't look at it that way. I've met a few of you, and I'm sorry if all of the names escape me. As a Hoosier, there's some of the Indiana gang that may remember me. Jon Bruce, and Jim Cerone come to mind. Paul Chamberlain, I don't know if we met, but we've had some correspondence. There's Kerry from ProDJ.com that helped me with my website (which I know is still down, and I hope to have the time to try to figure out what went wrong).

I've always viewed this forum as a great fraternity of DJs from across the USA and around the world. Just being able to share a few comments with all of you makes me feel a little better. Thank you all for letting me share this with you.

John Lawson
Footloose Sound System
Terre Haute, Indiana


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Welcome to ProDJ.com. You'll find we are an online family. In your time of sorrow, we all send prayers to you and your family.

AMS Albany

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Hey John..


My sincere condolences...

I lost my mother when I was 8 months old (January 1, 1969) and my father April 2, 1999, both of cancer.

My father was my BEST friend, I could tell him ANYTHING! He was awesome..

It will take time to grieve. Cry out loud. But also remember celebrate his life. What also helps is contacting your American Cancer Society, they are helpful for grieving and just by talking to them. Spend more time with family..

I know what you are going through. If you ever want to PM or talk, my phone is always open..

All Night Music

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I'm sorry to hear of your loss. I understand completely, the situation you are going through. My condolences are with you.


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My deepest condolences in your time of need. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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It sounds like your Dad was a great person.

I wish I could have met him... I am sure my life would have been made better.

Our prayers are with you.



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Please accept my condolences on your loss and know that my prayers are with you and your family. May the memories of your dad bring you comfort and peace in the future, until you meet again.

Ken Heath

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You have my heartfelt sympathies...I lost my Dad a month ago...no amount of sickness, ill health or hospital visits can really make you ready for the huge loss, but knowing the pain they suffered in life can help you to rejoice that they no longer endure that pain in the afterlife.

Mark K. Ferrell

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Thank you for sharing your Father and your grief with us. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and brought much happiness to you and your family.

My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you wrestle with your loss. I've seen that struggle and would still, after almost 20 years, like to pick up the phone and call my Dad. I don't expect that feeling will ever go away.

But I hope that a smile comes to your face every day when you think a happy thought about a great time you had with him...

And the great times you'll have with him again, someday.



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My condolences to you and your family. I know the pain of losing a parent to illness.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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