John Vernon Head: June 22nd, 1947 - June 5th, 2011

June 5 2011

It is with love that I wish to celebrate the amazing years that John Vernon Head was a larger than life man on this earth. My dad lived live on his own terms. I have never known anyone who loved or spoiled those he cared about more. While we often disagreed on the path that our day to day lives should follow, his impact on my life can never be measured. Dad treated all four of his children, those by blood and those by marriage, as the most important four people in his life. I will miss our talks on the phone daily about sports, about how he knew what was best for the world (politically), and his excitement of our next visit.

Image:John Vernon Head: June 22nd, 1947 - June 5th, 2011

My Dad as he graduated law school

Image:John Vernon Head: June 22nd, 1947 - June 5th, 2011

My father and I during Christmas 1976

My father's wishes was for no funeral or memorial, so the family is going to throw a party on his birthday later this month. My father would far prefer that those that loved him had a shot of tequila in his name verse shed any tears. Sorry Dad, I broke the tear promise.

Many of you have asked what you can do to help. I thank you for asking - and I would ask that you pick up a book and read and think about your parents. My father read three times more than anyone else I have ever met. Maybe three times more than any three people. It has to be pleasure reading - no work related stuff. Pick something fun in fiction and enjoy. He would love to know his memory is being remembered thru reading. If you are not into reading, watch "The American President" or any episode of 'The West Wing" - he loved both of those more than any other TV show or Movie.

June is going to be a long month. Between Father's Day and his birthday, I expect to be pretty emotional. I deeply appreciate everyone's comments and messages. Everyone who has offered to help - I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Please don't be surprised if it takes days for me to respond back.

I love you Dad. You were loved and respected by so many. I know you will be watching over me with my grandparents and Emily. I only hope I can impact so many people so greatly.