The only thing that makes me smile today is knowing that our kids know the real meaning of a father. They know what his hugs feel like and the sound of his voice. He gave them security and always made time for anything they wanted to talk about.
Written by Teresa Kondek:
Happy Father's Day to a man who loved and raised our kids and made every second count.
To a father who read maternity books and marked the pages to keep up with each trimester of pregnancy, cried when the babies took their first breath, walked them to class on their first day of school, carried them when they were sleepy, sat with them when they were sick or hurt, and cried again when they graduated. He loved to hear them laugh and would stop sometimes to just listen.
He gave our kids his heart and loved them unconditionally. He talked to them about everything in life. He hugged and kissed them every chance he could.
Our kids no longer have him here but what he left with them will never fade.
Holly, Andy, Charlie, Brandon, and Aleena,
I hope you continue to share what your father meant to you. The world will never fully understand how amazing he was so share those memories every chance you get.
Happy Father's Day up there, Charlie. I love you. The kids and I miss you beyond words.
2015 - Written by Holly Kondek:
Not only is it Father's Day, but it is also 6 months to the day that my amazing Dad was taken from me. My goal today is to try my best and think of nothing but the incredible memories this man has given me, and how truly lucky I am to have had him as my Father. Dads like this are hard to find. Just wish I could tell him this, or be with him today. I love you Dad.
2018 - Written by Holly Kondek Gonzalez
This day will never get easier. Not only is this day filled with sadness and missing you, but it is also filled with feeling grateful that I was able to be raised by such an incredible man.
Being raised by a LEO meant so many things. It was knowing if my Dad said something wasn’t safe there was a good reason. It was finding out years later that he sat in parking lots and followed me places to make sure I was okay. It was looking both ways even at a green light to make sure a first responder wasn’t coming through. It was showing respect to everyone, even if they hated him for what he chose as a career. It was not having him on holidays, birthdays, hurricanes because he was needed somewhere else.
It was lack of sleep from midnight shifts but NEVER complaining when his kids needed him, even if he didn’t get sleep for 24 plus hours. It was getting excited when you’re old enough to learn how to put all the pins on his uniform shirt to help him get ready. It was having a parent that’s a hero to everyone in his community, but having him as your hero first.
Happy Father’s Day to the man who made me who I am today. A man who was a hero to his family as well as his community. I owe everything I’ve become to you, and I’ll be forever grateful that I was lucky enough to have you as my Dad, best friend, listening ear, and most of all my voice of reason. Thank you for EVERYTHING. You were the most loving, incredible, and supportive Dad and I miss you every second of every day.
I still need you more than I can say but you’ve taught me so much that I will carry with me forever and hopefully someday pass down to my own kids. If given the chance to choose ANYONE in this world to be my Dad I would choose you a million times, over and over.
I love you.