Yesterday afternoon I was at home enjoying the remains of a great weekend with great weather with my girlfriend. I had talked to my mom a few hours earlier when they arrived back in Houston and were checking in with me. We talked about the weather and how things were going for them post-Ike. At about 17.15 my phone rang and it was my sister. I had to tell her to calm down as I couldn’t understand her. She said they thought my dad was having a stroke and had collapsed. I made sure they had called 911 and then let her go to call the rest of the family in Houston. About 30 minutes later my phone rang again and it was my sister. They said the paramedics had worked on my dad and couldn’t resuscitate him. I’m pretty shattered as this came very suddenly. I’ll carry on and help my mom with whatever she needs. I’m off to Houston for the memorial service on Friday @ 11am (not sure where it is yet). If there is an afterlife I hope my dad is there and happy with my granddad and uncle amongst others. See ya down the road dad. Kenneth Dowell Weeks, October 17, 1950 – 21 September 2008 Update: The memorial service is at 11am on Friday the 26th of September at All Saints Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers please make a dontation to The Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts of America, or the charity of your choice in my dad’s name. Update 2: If you’re having trouble picking a charity it has been suggested that maybe the Red Cross would be a great place. They’re helping the people hit by Gustav and Ike.