Tribute to someone very special

May 15, 2010

Hello Fashionistas,
I have not written in while due life circumstances. My life cheerleader & father has  passed away on april 18 2010 of Pulmonary Fibrosis at the age of 67. At first, I was reluctant to share this story since in the fashion industry we tend to focus on what is beautiful, surreal and fabulous. However, after taking a step back, I believe that sharing how he inspired me would somehow bring some closure. 

My father's chilhood home in Gaspé. Now in ruins ... This house was recently destroyed.

First, writing  a post about my dad would require me to write a book. Therefore, I wish to put my emphasis on what made him so special and how much he believed in me. 

First picture top left : My dad in the center dressed up in suit and tie. Bottom left : My dad in short so funny Right side : My father with funky pants behind him grandma Bertha Thibeault 

My father worked hard all his life. He enrolled in the army, worked in the mines and later as a salesman. Selling was is number one skill. Alongside my mom, he sold life insurance and trust funds for children’s education. He would only push products he believed in such as education and securing life. On the other hand, he knew how to persuade prospects into buying from him. People loved him because he created one on one relationships with each clients and made sure to answer their needs. 

My last picture with dad last year. Not my best picture. I look so tired !

Another quality he possessed was having a positive attitude despite dealing with unpleasant life situations. He lived through many trials and tribulations but never gave up. His determination to prevail  came from this cheesy life moto he would always say ” Never give up and Never surrender”.  If asked how he was doing, he would always reply “ wonderful “ despite life’s rises and downfalls. Everyone in the neighborhood knew him since he always enjoyed lenghty conversation and knowing people. I actually got my networking skills from him. 

Mom and Dad at their wedding day. No comments on the glasses lol.

Moreover, he was always available to listen when I was going through difficult times. It was never too early or to late to ask him for help. When I first told him about my project, Marjorie’s Closet, he told me : “ This is the one, this is the good one ! “. I was surprised because if I compare it to my many other endeavors that I have given up,  he really did not want me to let  this particular project go. He simply added to put my trust in God, take a rest if needed but never quit. 

 Always sitting with his arm on the table and the other hand  resting on his lap.
He will be deeply missed. My father possessed the best qualities a human being can have: honesty, being smart, have empathy, the desire to help and listen to others. I will indeed use what he taught me for the rest of my life.

My father in Calgary waiving goodbye. Never thought that that would be is last smile .

May you rest in peace, my dearest dad.

Marjorie xoxo


S Milano said...

Very nice tribute, I believe your Dad will want you to continue and follow your heart, this is another start to the beginning of your career.

Marjorie's Closet said...

Thank you ChicMilano,likewise for you =)

Marjorie xoxo

Sana_Zaynab said...

Ohhhh babbygirl...
Reading this post put goosebumps all over my body... I knew your father can attest to everything written about him above... He indeed was an amazing and loving man... Always left his doors open to outsiders... I've always felt at home in your house... Yes, May his soul rest in peace and I'm sure it will as in my opinion, he most definitely was heaven sent...
I'm always here for you no matter what and I know you know that... but I thought i'd take this opportunity to remind you once again...

Marjorie's Closet said...

Thank you so much for your support Miss Zaynab. Indeed, he was.

Marjorie xoxo

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful post. It's my first time on your blog and I'm very touched and moved by the story of your dad.

I wish you all the best,


Marjorie's Closet said...

Thank you so much Annie, I am happy to know that my story touched you =)
Marjorie xoxo

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