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I would suggest that being deeply networked and involved in your community is important to a happy, fulfilling and meaningful life no matter how long or healthy.

Your dad sounds like a real asset to his community and family.

Good point. As for dad and the community, yeah. Dad's retirement party was the largest event of its kind that I have ever been to. The speeches were great. Last year, many of his former employees threw him a surprise birthday party for the tenth anniversary of his retirement. One of the more surreal experiences of my life was sitting in the office of the cemetery the morning after mom died. We were all there to pick out burial plots, something my parents had not done ahead of time. Part of the conversation was about a good friend of one of the men who worked there, who had worked for my dad before he retired. "He still talks about working for you, Mr. [ThyPeace's dad]. He says it was the best job he ever had. He loved it." the amazing thing is that I have heard that exact same thing hundreds of times.

ThyPeace, apparently some of the things that happened were not exactly work-suitable, though. The parties are legendary...
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