So many great memories flooded over me as I stared at my laptop. I thought long and hard about this one-of-a-kind man I called Father. Obviously he was larger than life to hockey fans and friends. But he was even bigger than that to me, his son, the one he called “the little guy,” even when I was 55. I idolized him for all that he was, and did my best to follow his lead. But although he was a man of strong conviction, he spoke softly and judiciously, and taught mostly by example.
Staring at the screen, I asked myself, What did I learn from my father? What did he stand for? My first thought, without hesitation, was live honorably.
Honorable: honest, moral, ethical, principled, righteous, right-minded; decent, respectable, estimable, virtuous, good, upstanding, upright, worthy, noble, fair, just, truthful, trustworthy, reliable, reputable, creditable, dependable, law-abiding.
Yep, that was Dad. A man who stood up anytime a woman entered the room. Even when he was 88 years old.
Mr. Hockey stood for nothing if not for honor. Honor through loyalty, respect for self and for others, and excellence in every endeavor.