Saying good-bye to my father–seems like yesterday


“I love you, pop.”

“I love you, too, son.”

·The last words exchanged between a father and son.

As a long-time newspaper writer, I knew that someday I would be writing Dad’s obituary.

Some twenty-one years ago on May 23, 2000, was that day.

I said good-bye to my 81-year father a few days before he died.

Tom Sniffin Sr. was being treated for an assortment of ailments at the Boulder, CO Community Hospital. When Nancy and I left him Friday, May 20, 2000, he was just being prepped for an experimental procedure to use a special device to open up an artery in his neck.

Although he appea...

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