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Happy Father’s Day To My Dad, Carl

Dad and me at Yankee Stadium on the day that Derek Jeter got his 3,000 hit

Happy Father’s Day to all dads today.  I also want to say a special Happy Father’s Day to my Dad, Carl “Bugs” Pitcher or as I call him  “Pops.”

He’s been an inspiration to me my whole life.  He was my Little League coach.  He and my Mom were the leaders of MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship). He was our chaperone on our own senior trip. It was a trip that me and 4 of my friends took to Six Flags.

My Dad along with my Uncle Dale taught me to pitch softball.  For many years, he was also was my catcher.  He would let me know if he was displeased with the way I was acting on the pitching mound.  He would walk about halfway to the mound and fire a bullet to me and say “Straighten Up.”  When I started playing on softball teams, it was my high school friends and Dad on the team.

He’s a quiet man with a dry and quick sense of humor.  I’ve been told by those who know my Grandfather Glenn and my Dad, that I got my sense humor from both of them.  I’ve always said, that if I could be half the parent he was, then I’ve done a good job. He’s a man of faith and a leader.

Today, I enjoy the times that we get to golf together.  Every year, my Dad along with my cousin, son and friends take a 3 day trip to golf together.  We’ve done this for over 15 years and it is certainly one of the things I look forward to every year.  We’ve taken cruises and sporting trips together.  In the picture, its us in front of Yankee Stadium on the day that Derek Jeter got his 3,000 hit.

He’s a man of integrity who I respect and appreciate.  I talk to people all the time that worked with him when he was with Columbia Gas.  They all have great things to say about him and ALWAYS share a funny story about something he said or did.

So Happy Pops Day….Now can you come and fix the ceiling fan and take a look at the furnace.

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