My Dad was a husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, son, uncle, friend, and farmer. He worked hard all his life raising grapes, peaches, tomatoes, corn and five children. He and my Mother had a roadside fruit market that was open from May - November, Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 9 pm. In the summer, his day often started at 3 am when he would leave to go to the farmer's market to purchase produce for our market that he did not raise himself. All four of my brothers and I took turns working at the 'stand' and helping my Dad and Mom in the vineyards, orchards and fields. He sent most of us to college and always supported us in everything we chose to do. In the winter, he spent hours in the vineyards, trimming grapes in the freezing cold. My Dad had a tan that ended at his eyebrows and his elbows from working outdoors all of his life. He loved his family, little children and a good meal. He taught us honesty, decency and love of God and family. I see some of his traits in each of my brothers and that makes me smile and gives me comfort. My Dad went to heaven 6 years ago today and I miss him more than I can ever say. I hope I have made him proud.