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June 14, 2014

Ode to Dad: Readers talk about their fathers

Fathers offer their children advice, gifts, discipline and love. Every year, the third Sunday of June is set aside to show appreciation for the fathers and father figures in our lives.

To celebrate Father’s Day, The Daily Star asked its readers to share their odes to their dads.

Eight-year-old Cameron Pearson’s reply showed a child’s love for his Dad. The Oneonta resident wrote:

“My dad gets me cool things like a mini-zipline. He built me a tree house and taught me to ride a bike. He takes me to the park to play and got me a dog. He cooks good food and makes me take vitamins. I love my dad.”

Donna Sell of Hartwick shared her love for her father, who is no longer with her:

“Daddy was my best friend in my growing-up years. He always had a word of encouragement, and taught me many things. He’s been gone for a year and a half, but he continues to be my inspiration. He’ll always be in my heart. I love you, Dad.”

Doris Hansen Nygren of Staten Island was visiting her daughter, who lives locally, when she saw the “Ode to Dad” request, and she wrote the following about her father, Capt. Jorg Henry Hansen:

“My dad was born in Norway 1885 and became a very young sea captain for his time. He sailed the ocean around the world a dozen times. He was great, no matter what the task; be it gardening, painting, carpentry or writing. Whatever he did, he did it well. Dad taught me by example: to work hard, do my best, to persevere and keep good habits. The love he instilled in me has helped me sustain a love for all.”

Amy Wu’s father had an impact on her, and those around him, she said. “My father’s book will be published in 2015, and (here are) a few words to express my deeply love to my great dad in America my country!” the Sidney resident wrote introducing her Ode to Dad:  

“To a great dad who won honorable distinction as a philanthropist, educator and Chinese calligrapher still alive in many people’s hearts. My dad said: thinking positive and acting passionate.”

We wish all of the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day. 

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