His rapid decline was unexpected but I truly believe he was tired and wanted to join my mother in heaven, who passed two years ago this month. I am still in shock, but so grateful that he didn't suffer and that he and my mom were living with us for their twilight years. They may not be with me physically, but I carry so many cherished memories and know they are holding hands and both watching over me.
My dad was an incredibly loving, generous and humble man who loved God, his family and friends and his country. I have always been so very proud to be his daughter. He loved me unconditionally and as adults, I considered him my father and best friend. I will miss the special times we spent together and I ache when I see his empty room, but I know he's with Jesus and my mom, and that brings me great comfort.
I love you dad, give mom a hug for me and know I could not have asked for better parents.
After retirement, Harold and Helen relocated to Las Vegas, NV in the early 90's where they entertained and played tour-guide to many of their family and friends. In 2012 they relocated to their daughter's home in Vista, CA due to declining health.
He is survived and will be dearly missed by daughter Patti (Michael) of Vista, CA; brother, Raymond Swear of Vista, CA; daughter Diane (Luis) Cerna of Hutto, TX; grandson Robert (Shannan) Cleghorn and great-granddaughters (MaKenzee and Madalynn) of Muir, MI; granddaughter Corrie Nesbitt (Travis) and great-granddaughters Adalynn and Avery of Murrieta, CA; grandson John Cerna and great-grandsons (Andrew, Zachary and Marcus) of Arlington, WA; Corey (Michael) Branum and great-grandsons (Dennen and Merrick) of Spokane, WA and Jillian (Richard) Thomas and great-granddaughters (Isabel and Madaline) of Wales; two “adopted” daughters Sharon (Jeff) Zornes and grandson Thomas in Stafford, VA and Kerrie Long of Sydney, Australia; and “adopted” son Dick Rye (Sharon) their children and grandchildren, plus cousins, nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends he considered family. Welcoming him at the gates of Heaven along with Helen and his parents – were brothers Bennard, John, George and Edwin, sister Dorothy (Wolfe) Swear and three special angels.
At his request, no services will be held. The family requests donations be made in his name to the charity of your choice.