HAGERSTOWN - Whether he passed from their lives months, years or decades before, the legacy of a father lives on in his family as more than a dozen sons, daughters and spouses could attest Saturday at Hospice of Washington County.
"He was Santa for 24 years at Maugansville Elementary and he was a wonderful dad," said Rae Tritle, whose husband, Keith, was only 50 years old when he died in October.
Tritle and her youngest son, Logan, were among those who attended the Father's Day Remembrance.
"There's no day that goes by I don't look into the sky. We put balloons on his grave every Father's Day," Shelly Alexander of Greencastle, Pa., said of her husband, Buddy, who died three years ago of a heart attack at the age of 39. She brought their sons, C.J., 15, and Dylan, 9.
"We talk about him every day" to keep his memory alive, she said.