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Tell us about your loved one.
Shamus was my only child. He was a loving son, husband, and father. He had a beautiful smile. He was compassionate for others who were in need. He was a great Dad, always spending time with his children. He worked hard. He loved his family. He loved fishing, golf, and swimming. He loved sports and spending time with his children. He was born when I was so young and we shared a bond that cannot be broken by death.
Tell us about Shamus' struggle with addiction
Shamus did not intend to give his life to addiction. The disease took his mind and personality. Addiction took his ambition, pride, creativity, sense of humor, his smile, and the light from his eyes. Addiction lied to him and told him he was in control. He tried to appear functional as addiction destroyed him bit by bit. Because of addition I will never see his beautiful smile again. Because of addiction I will stand at his grave on Mother's Day and his birthday. Because of addiction his children will never see their father at their graduation, wedding, or birth of their children. Shamus fought so hard but was so tired.
What made Shamus smile?
His family. A great golf game. Catching a fish.
What do you miss most about Shamus?
His smile. His hugs. I miss Sunday dinners. I miss our talks.