|Sam at my Dad's Birthday Celebration|
Sam is married to my niece Laura and Laura is the daughter of my brother David. Together, Sam and Laura have 2 children. Sam is a successful entrepreneur and optometrist owning his own optometry business in Simi Valley. To say Sam is a likeable person is an understatement. He comes from a lovely family and after you get to know him it is obvious that he was raised right. And aside from his good nature and good manners, the guy has a killer sense of humor. I always say he is the Justin Bateman of our Arrested Development family. He is the straight guy with that wickedly dry sense of humor.
When my father passed away, Sam wrote a letter about my dad and sent it to his in-laws (my brother and his wife). My brother then forwarded the letter to the rest of his siblings. To honor my father for this upcoming Father’s Day, I have copied the letter here to share. (with Sam’s permission)
I wanted you to know what your father meant to me. Joe Aguilar was a quiet, humble man; a true gentleman. There are few men I have admired more. Though we were not blood relations, I was honored he allowed me to call him Grandpa.
It has been over 25 years since I met Laura and entered into the Aguilar Family. From the beginning, I always knew who the Patriarch was. Grandpa never demanded respect, especially from the grandkids, it was always given. Grandpa always welcomed me: he made me feel like I was a part of His family.
In the later years, he would come and stay with you. I so enjoyed sitting and hearing his stories, his life. Like many men of the Greatest Generation, he told stories of himself grudgingly. Never one to boast, his stories were of the struggles he endured. One thing about all his stories, family was always first. Grandpa taught me 2 great lessons; love of Our Lord and Love of spouse and family. Funny how those two lessons are so related. I can not think of Grandpa without Grandma, the two will always be together. They remind me of this verse:
Genesis 22:17 I will bless you abundantly and make your descendants as countless as the stars in the sky and the sands of the shore.
A man born with little, leaves so much. I will always be proud to call Joe Aguilar my Grandpa. God Bless You!