My dad, Bev, was a laid-back, funny, clever person. He always had time for everybody. He would help family, friends and strangers alike anytime he was asked, and often when he wasn't. He was exacting in his work - a perfectionist. He was a wonderful teacher, able to explain the intricacies of machinery. He loved kids and animals. He was the most patient person I've ever known.
Eventually, his personality began to change. His moods and temper became unpredictable. He had developed frontotemporal dementia, and it was devastating. He died in December 2014 at age 73. Not a day goes by that I don't wish he was still here, playing with my kids, offering me advice and loving his family.
Thank you so much for supporting me and the Alzheimer's Society of Calgary. The society works hard to support people and families who are impacted by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Your support makes a difference.