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My Wonderful Dad!

He was a farmer, a professional singer,  Vice-President of the Federal Land Bank, a Choir Director, and a great gardener, who started the first community garden in Louisville.  And, in his spare time, Dad proudly cared for his 200 rose bushes in the back yard, displaying cuttings at various events. 

He was funny, kind, good-looking, and a sympathetic listener; he loved people in general, and never met a stranger.   

Plus, he grilled a mighty tasty rare steak.  But, most of all, he was Bud French, my loving Dad, and a wonderful grandfather also!

Dad ~ March 20, 1911 to Feb. 15, 1994


Just one of his gardens, check out all those tomato stakes!

A few of his roses, what a heavenly aroma!

Mom and Dad on their 40th wedding anniversary, 1976

Our wedding day with Mom and Dad, April 15, 1967

Grandpa and Billy ~ early 1971

Grandpa and Matt ~ 1974

Happy Father’s Day Dad, you’re always in my heart.

Happy Father’s Day to my loving husband, Bill, you give our sons someone to honor, respect and admire.

Here’s to all you wonderful Dads out there who are guiding your kids on their way, and to those who are raising someone else’s children like their own, a…



  1. Such great memories you have! Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  2. A lovely post! And such great and lovely memories you have of your dad Pam!!

  3. What a terrific tribute to your father and husband. Two wonderful dads.

  4. Pam, Very nice posting about your dad! Memories are sweet and they help us appreciate each and every day... Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  5. Wow. Great pictures of a great men. I'd say more but I'm a little choked up right now. Seeing pictures like that just remind me of how much I still miss him.

  6. Beautifully said, Pam. Touching.

  7. What a lovely tribute to your dad! Enjoy your sweet memories of him on Sunday--and every day.


  8. Oh Pam , what a loving and very touching tribute to your dad and husband .Great memories to have ... thanks so very much for sharing them with us. Nee ;-D

  9. Saucy, thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

    Melyinda, thanks! He was the best.

    Gloria, thank you! Hugs to you!

    Liz, yes! I'm proud to call them "mine." Like your new avatar!

    Dave, thank you! It's great when we have wonderful memories!

  10. Son, I know what you mean! It makes me teary too and I miss him about every day. See ya!

    Susan, thanks! It's good to see you!

    Bonnie, I will! Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

    Nana, thanks!

    Nee, thanks so much! They are great memories! Dad had a great sense of humor, and was a good loving man!

  11. What a beautiful tribute to your Dad!

  12. This post brought a tear to my eye. I miss my dad so much. He would have loved to have seen how well his children and grandchildren turned out. This is a lovely tribute to your dad.

  13. Such a lovely tribute to your dad!
    Happy Father's Day to Bill!

  14. Hi Pam, your dad sounds like a wonderful man. What a nice tribute to him, your husband and all the other dads!

  15. Very nice tribute Pam - miss my dad too!

  16. he had even more tomatoes than we do, and that's an impressive amount! lovely homage, pam. :)

  17. Thanks to all of you! He was a great Dad!

  18. What a great post, love your tribute to your dad! Sounds like a great guy!


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