He was the best dad ever. He told us bed time stories every night, made an elaborate puppet stage for our family to perform with, made me a desk with about 20 secret compartments and a large "Hobbit box" carved inside and out with carvings from the Hobbit and the trilogy. He took us on house calls with him out in the country where we got to climb trees and feed the animals. He took my mom on vacation every year while my grandmother babysat for us. That's only the tip of the iceberg. Very cool man, indeed.