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Last night, my father, Yath Rith, passed away. He was 78 years old and was sick for a long time. I was able to see him just a few minutes before he died.

My father was a Cambodian refugee of war, a man who liked his shoes polished, and a meticulous barber who preferred vintage hair clippers over electric ones. Until his steady hands failed him, he was the only one to cut my hair. Although cultural, language, and generational differences sometimes divided us, haircuts brought us together.

He did not know what design was, but it was from him that I gained a discerning eye. Thank you, Pa.

LifeClever will not be updated this week, while I spend time with my family. I expect posts to return next week. Thank you everyone for understanding.

88 Comments

  • Jes

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    9:55 am

    Chanpory, my deepest and heart-filled prayers to you, your family and friends that the G-D of Heaven will comfort you. May you ever be drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ for strength. A special prayer for you this coming Sabbath.

  • Marina

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    11:00 am

    Please except my deepest condolences.

  • SheriVan

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    12:51 pm

    Chanpory, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers at this very moment.

  • johnpv

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    2:56 pm

    my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Jeremy S

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    3:08 pm

    best wishes while you get through this difficult time.

  • Setter

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    6:22 pm

    Sorry about that, my thoughts are with you.

  • mordyth

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    7:58 pm

    What a sad time for you and your family. Even when someone is ill for a long time no one is ever ready for such a loss. My thoughts are with you.

  • Bryan Villarin

    gravatarOct 24, 2007
    10:31 pm

    My thoughts and prayers for you all. I’m sure he was an amazing man.

  • Darren

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    12:37 am

    Sorry to hear that news – my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Allen

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    6:07 am

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Kyleigh

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    8:06 am

    Such sad news, I’m sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you, and just look at all the other readers comments too! You are well thought of.

  • James

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    8:51 am

    Sorry to hear about your lost Chanpory, I will keep you in my prays.

    James – Salzburg

  • erin

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    10:23 am

    i’m sorry for you and your loss.

  • Mark

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    10:38 am

    Im so sorry to hear your news – my thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Abby

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    12:19 pm

    Oh, I’m really sorry. I know I don’t know you, but the thought of losing a parent. I know it’s going to be a hard time. My thoughts are with you.

  • Mitch

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    4:13 pm

    My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • Jason S

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    4:16 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • P

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    5:58 pm

    Take your time, yu have our condolences

  • mekuria getinet

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    7:50 pm

    our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • nyom

    gravatarOct 25, 2007
    9:11 pm

    How you described your father is really beautiful, and I’m 100% sure he appreciates it. I hope you and your family cherish each moment you spend togehter in this time of sad departure by your father. I’ll keep you in my prayers and thoughts.

  • Parvez

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    1:18 am

    You have my deepest condolences. Best wishes while you get through this difficult time.

  • VA

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    2:00 am

    my condolences. peace to you and your family.

  • PM

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    3:41 am

    My condolences to you and your family.

  • Rod

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    9:20 am

    My condolences, dude. My father has gone in the later year… I really comprehend you. Peace to you and family.

  • annab

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    11:14 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My condolances to you and your family.

  • climbingcolorado

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    12:09 pm

    I stand with you, brother. Peace.

  • Adam Troudart

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    12:44 pm

    The way you’ve described your father and the connection you’ve had was very exciting. Please expect my sincere condolences to you and your family.

  • David

    gravatarOct 26, 2007
    5:52 pm

    First time visitor, but I’d like to offer my condolences. Please be assured that you will be together again someday.

  • birdtalk

    gravatarOct 27, 2007
    3:03 am

    take care my friend

  • laroi

    gravatarOct 27, 2007
    8:05 am

    Really sorry for you loss.

  • Scott Harris

    gravatarOct 28, 2007
    12:39 am

    Sorry to hear that mate.

    Only time will heal your pain.

    My thoughts are with you,

    Scott Sydney, NSW, Australia

  • colombosam

    gravatarOct 28, 2007
    3:39 am

    Sorry for your loss. Condolences to you and your family.

  • Tim Lauer

    gravatarOct 28, 2007
    5:41 pm

    Condolences to you and your family…

  • Loren

    gravatarOct 28, 2007
    8:31 pm

    Sorry for your loss. Take as much time as you need.

  • Yanko Design

    gravatarOct 29, 2007
    3:12 am

    My condolences to you and your family. If Yanko Design can do anything let us know.

  • Michiel Ebberink

    gravatarOct 29, 2007
    5:13 am

    My condolences to you too.

  • j138

    gravatarOct 29, 2007
    10:31 am

    Sorry for your loss! Take you time we will be here whenever you come back.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarOct 29, 2007
    11:46 am

    Thank you everyone for your warm and kind words.

    Although we may not know each other very well, your thoughts have greatly moved me. I hope I can offer you the same kindness in return one day.

    Now, it is time to remember and to look ahead. To help bring closure to this process, I am closing comments on this post.

    Warmly, Chanpory