Dad

Me & JimmyMy dad died this morning. A surprise, but not a shock. He hadn’t been 100% for quite a while now. It’ll be weird not having him around anymore; he was with us longer than he wasn’t.

He wasn’t there when I was born or when I took my first step. But he was there when I learned how to drive and when I got my first-ever job. He walked me down the aisle at my wedding. He was there more than my “real” father ever was.

My brother and I always called him Jim or Jimmy. Everyone else had a dad, but we got a Jimmy. Which was so much better. Better because it was always a choice we all made. To be a family.

That family has grown and expanded, but now it has a hole. A big one. Everything Jimmy did was big, a grand gesture. He had a big life. And we were blessed to be an important part of it.

There is too much to say, and I really can’t find the words. You had to know him. If you did, you know how I feel. The world was a better place, a friendlier one, with him in it.

Now I sit and stare out the window, wondering how to paint you a picture so you understand. But if you have a dad, I suppose you do. That mine somehow meant more to me because he wasn’t my mine by accident is just my grief wanting to be heard, to be shared. So I share it with you.

So long, Jimmy. It was a good life. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.

With love always,

Meg

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24 Comments

  1. Love to you and your family.

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    Megan Reply:

    @Avitable, Thanks, Adam. xo

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  2. Margie

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. xoxoxo

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    Megan Reply:

    @Margie, Thank you.

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  3. Gail Drane

    Oh, Meagan, we are all at a loss for words. I hope you don’t mind, but his entire extended Finn, Drane , Madey, Ivana family has been notified. This is more for Mom than Jimmy, as we have to lift her up. You all were here for me and we all will be here for you, Chris , Mitch, Mac and Mom. Love you loads.
    Auntie Mame

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    Megan Reply:

    @Gail Drane, Absolutely not; you are all family. We love and need you.

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  4. i am so very sorry to hear of your loss, my friend. i can appreciate having someone that was there more than a “real” father was and how much he must have meant to you. so much love to you and your whole family.

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    Megan Reply:

    @hello haha narf, Thanks, Becky. xo

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  5. LeSombre

    My thoughts are with you. Jimmy sounds like an awesome dad. XXX

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    Megan Reply:

    @LeSombre, He was. Thanks. XO

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  6. Very sorry for your loss, Megan. Prayers to you and your family.

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    Megan Reply:

    @Karl, Thank you, Karl. We’ll take all we can get.

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  7. My condolences

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    Megan Reply:

    @Vanessa, Thank you.

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  8. Oh honey. I am so, so sorry.

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    Megan Reply:

    @Britt Reints, Thanks. XO

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  9. NYCWD

    While there’s nothing I can say to make this better or lessen the pain you feel, just know that you aren’t alone.

    Good journey Jimmy

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    Megan Reply:

    @NYCWD, Thanks, Dawg. I do wish no one had to go through anything like this.

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  10. Steve Waldman

    This morning when my cellphone rang and saw it was Jim Summers, I thought it was to confirm our Friday lunch, we had a great time last Friday, but this time it was Kathy and as soon as I heard her voice my heart sunk , Jim was one of my closest friends,more like an older brother. I first met Jim at an Electrolux meeting in late April 1979 when we were first introduced to this sales sensation. When the division manager was lecturing us on selling, Jim got up, told him to sit down and took over!! I had recently moved down from NY. VERY Naive shy 26 years old. He told me later that he would have to take me under his wing!! “GET RID OF THE JEWISH GUILT!!!! That he did! I could write a book about Jim. I always described him as larger than life with a Platinum heart.Whenever I was down , one call to Jim Summers was the best therapy!
    In recent years we would talk almost daily. Jim loved my prank phone calls. I would be either one of our annoying co workers from the past or his ex partner Bill. I always made him laugh. He was my best audience!!.
    Jim Summers was one of the most important influences in my life , He taught me so much about life. Having fun. Laughing at oneself!!
    I always told him he should have been an Attorney. He would have been the best because HE WAS THE BEST!
    I could go on and on. I was so blessed to have him in my life
    LOVE YOU
    STEVIE

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    Megan Reply:

    @Steve Waldman, He would have been unbeatable as an attorney! Thanks for commenting, Steve. I know how much he cared for you.

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  11. KATHLEEN COOPER

    Miss Peach,

    I know that Jim would be so thrilled with your tribute to him. You were always his little girl and he loved you so very much. Thank you for putting into words the essence that was Jimmy. I didn’t know losing him would hurt so badly. I miss him so much. Love you forever. Mom

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    Megan Reply:

    @KATHLEEN COOPER, Love you too. XO

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  12. Getting caught up and posting late. Sorry to hear about your dad passing away. Condolences to you and your family at this time of loss.

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    Megan Reply:

    @martymankins, Thanks, hon. We are hanging in there.

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