It’s hard to believe that two years have flown by since my Dad, Leonard, passed away on February 27, 2015. I miss him every day, but he's always in my heart and on my mind. It’s definitely been tough at times, wishing he was here with me, as I always thought of dad as my “rock,” someone who always had “my back” and who I could always go to with anything that was happening in my life.
Producing my film Remembering Leonard has kept him close to me throughout the past two years. The process of creating this film let me recount special memories and stories about my relationship with him as well as look at photographs, listen to the wonderful stories told by the family and hear his voice during his archive interviews.
My husband David and I continued Dad’s "mission" by producing a film that will create awareness of this serious disease, COPD, which took his life way too soon. I have this feeling of incredible joy knowing that Dad would be so very proud of me for carrying on his quest to reach people all over the world.
Dad spent most of his life creating an incredible legacy for himself through his thoughtful consideration and kindness, his dedication to his craft, his desire to bring joy and happiness to his fans through his characters, his love of the arts and contributions to organizations that supported important causes. Most importantly, there was Dad’s appreciation, concern and love for the family; he was the stabilizing force who encouraged and supported each of us individually.
My dad will always be in my heart and I’ll always cherish our time together.