Written April 2001

Tribute To My Dad

By

Leonard A. McHugh

Tribute In Memory Of My Father
John F. McHugh
September 5, 1925 - April 6, 2001

Picture of my dad

There is so much that I could have written about my dad. Dad has always put his family first. One of his favorite pastimes was studying road maps and going on short trips. Anyway, this is what I wrote for his memorial service:

Mathew 7:13-14 And Jesus said "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it, but small are the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few finds it."

One of my father's favorite pastimes was reading road maps or driving on different roads just to see where they end. I can remember going on Saturday or Sunday afternoon rides. Whenever he saw a road that he did not explore, guess what, we followed it. He always enjoyed driving the small two lane farm roads. I remember when he stopped along one of these roads and we filled the trunk with black walnuts.

Dad usually tried to avoid major highways, he said that there is nothing to see. He loved taking short or one-day trips. I can remember when he took a week vacation and planned a different trip for us each day.

I have fond memories of when I was in scouting and had small camp stoves. We would go on a trip, stop along the roadside and cook some hot dogs for lunch or mom would make sandwiches.

As I mentioned he would avoid a major highway, "For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." Whenever possible he sought out the smaller back roads, "But small are the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few finds it."

I know in my heart that he is traveling on the narrow road with the small gate. Hey pop, thanks for the wonderful trips.

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