He called me Christmas Day to tell me that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and cancer the second week of December. I was in the process of making arrangements with the Coast Guard to get down there and visit him. On New Year's Day, my step mother called and told me he passed at 12:15 am.
I'm leaving today to get down there.
I spoke with him on the phone and wanted to tell him something, but I thought I'd rather say it in person. I wanted to tell him that the main reason I went back to college was to make him proud... But I never got the chance. I know he was really proud, and I'm very happy that on Christmas Day, I got to tell him that I graduated early with a 3.20 in an engineering program.
But still, if you have something to tell a loved one, don't wait, because you just don't know...