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This week’s focus: giving thanks
I am truly blessed to have more than one father figure in my life including my own father, Robert M. Gardner.
This past week, I attended a funeral for one of my fathers: Dr. Hubert M. Upton, M.D., also known as “Doc.” Many expressed surprise about just how many dimensions Doc had to his life after hearing some 20 people speak at the service. All learned of a life well lived, a life of service, dedication and giving back to others.
Doc was a brilliant, committed family physician—he was my doctor until his retirement. He served as President of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He personally built the most amazing Japanese garden in his backyard with a tea house, a swimming pool that you walked down into via river rocks, a hot tub, koi fish pond, sauna, etc. He traveled the world and created enduring relationships with those he met. He loved trains of all sizes and scales and volunteered at a train museum in Grass Valley, California. I could go on and on.
Many didn’t know that Doc was a trumpet player and founder of the Blue Saints, a big band jazz ensemble that thrilled audiences at 3 world expositions: Montreal, Canada; Osaka, Japan; and Spokane, Washington. The band served as a house band for a week-long Washington, D.C., convention over the course of several years and played extended European concert tours in 1973 and 1976. I performed with the band from 1972 through 1974 to excited audiences in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The band performed before thousands and thousands of people.
Doc loved surprising me. Doc and his wife unexpectedly flew me to lunch the day I graduated from college in a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that he piloted. One Friday night after dinner at his home, Doc took me to a live performance of Count Basie and his band; Doc had acquired tickets that simply “weren’t available.”
Doc provided me with exciting, unforgettable life experiences. He had great passion and enthusiasm for life. During this week of Thanksgiving, I’m so grateful to have had Doc and the Upton family in my life.
Who are you blessed to have in your life? Who has helped you thrive? Have you called them to let them know? There’s no time like the present. Happy Thanksgiving
Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com
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