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    Posted December 29, 2014 by
    Glens Falls, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Those we lost in 2014

    Our Best Friend, Mike Hamlin


    2013 was a memorable year for our family- especially my dad, mom, brother and me. Along with my grandparents, my dad's parents, we traveled across the country together, saw my brother pinned as Chief in the Navy and spent weeks together during the holidays. It was one of the happiest years of our lives. So when we rang in the New Year together, we were excited to see what 2014 would bring.
    As another new year now approaches, we find ourselves unexpectedly facing next year without one of our best friends...my dad. He was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in April of this year and passed away in September at the age of 62. We miss him terribly. My dad was the kind of person who would do anything for anyone- and often did- and he could always make us laugh. We were lucky to have him in our lives, even if his time was cut short. To tell you the truth, had my dad lived another 62 years, it never would have been enough time. He was a huge guy, with a huge heart and a huge presence and we are all better having known and loved him. In memory of our best friend. We will love him always.

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