I write you today from Phoenix, Az. a day a late and with a heavy but joyful heart. My father, Robert Bernard Keim passed away last week at the wonderful and admiral age of 94. It was something that we had been expecting for sometime but there is nothing that can quite prepare you for the moment. He had lived a long and wonderful life and his time had come from a higher calling. We rejoice in the time we had with him and know that he and my mother are sharing wonderful moments together again.
Dad was born in Rome, GA. on September 13, 1920. My grandfather was a music professor at Berry College and Dad grew on that on campus. He met and married my mother, Lucy Mae Landers in 1947 and they moved to Tampa, FL. where he went to work for the Tampa Electric Company. While living in Tampa my father pursed his own musical career as a Minister of Music in the Southern Baptist church. Many would say that it is somewhat Freudian that I turned out to be a fine arts photographer but life has many turns and his encouragement and support to be the best at what ever we attempted has followed me all of my life.
My father had a zest for life and I guess for those that know me that comes as no surprise. Even though I did not follow in his footsteps, it was his passion for riding motorcycles, flying airplanes and captaining boats that provided me with my thrist and pursuit of travel and art. He loved life and it was infectous to all that he encountered. And to my mothers dismay, he never met a stranger which made us late for many a Sunday lunch!
I know that my father is in a better place and has joined my mother who passed away in 2011. Losing one parent was extremely difficult, coming to terms with the fact that neither now walks the earth might take sometime to understand, comprehend and accept. It is the out pouring of love and compassion that has helped ease the pain and sorrow and I thank each and every one of you for the love that you have shared. Life does go on but the light bulb at the end of the tunnel just got a little dimmer. Please tell those around you how much you love them. You never will know when that might be the last time to do so! God Bless and thank you for allowing me to express my sorrow as well as my gratitude!!!!
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Best Regards !!!!
~ dennis keim ~