Due to family needs I’ve had to come to Florida a bit earlier than planned… my stepdad passed away on the morning of June 28 after a long and difficult fight with cancer. I wasn’t able to get here in time to see him before he died, but I’m helping my mom deal with the change and getting things straightened out around the house. Next week I’ll head over to the Space Coast to attend the Tweetup and witness the launch, now officially scheduled for 11:23 am on June 8.
I know it’s purely personal, but I’m dedicating the launch to my stepdad. Joe and I didn’t always see eye-to-eye on things, and we were different people, but he did a lot for me when I was growing up and took care of my mom and my grandmother for many years – and that’s no small feat. I’ll always appreciate that. And he always appreciated my artistic abilities, even when I didn’t. So even though everyone will be watching Atlantis take off into the sky next Friday, I’ll be watching it and thinking of him and what he had to go through to leave this world.
Joseph Marshall, Jr. (1942 – 2011)