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FIVE LONG YEARS…

Unfortunately five years ago we shared our “last look” at a hospital corridor to my Dady with my sweet niece Gizem on March 9th. Five years ago today, hardest day of my life!

8 March 2014 Saturday 21:27
by ÖZNUR ÇEVİK

Unfortunately five years ago we shared our “last look” at a hospital corridor to my Dady with my sweet niece Gizem on March 9th. Five years ago today, hardest day of my life!

This week’s column absolutely needs to go to him as this site is dedicated to him. If he hadn’t taught me all that I have learned, there never would be a site like this one. If he had not taught me to respect others, to give love and to get up and to be strong whenever you fall down I would not be me.

What can one say if they had a great father, great counterpart, great team member, great boss and most of all a great friend, and lost him?

Not much…

When Ilhan Cevik passed away it wasn’t the family’s loss only. Also the Turkish media had lost a visionary journalist who had founded in 1961, the first and (for many years thereafter) only English daily in Turkey.  

It is very hard for me to put my feelings into words right now as tears are pouring down. But Gizem put all my feelings in to words in a splendid way that from here I want to leave it to her.

All I can say is I love you Daddy and not a day passes by without remembering and missing you.

Until next week keep cool and healthy!

“Grandpa,

Another year passed and you are dearly missed...

It is a shame that only after losing you, we have realized you were a mentor and a guiding light in lives of, not only us, but thousands. Your memory is fresh in the hearts of all those people as well as your family.

For us you were the one who taught us that we have to learn to crawl before we learn to walk. You were the one that made us try new things even though we might not like it. You were the one that pushed us to remain strong to defend our ideas or what we believe in. You thought us that wisdom comes with knowledge and experience NOT age.

At work you were a tough and disciplined boss but I never understood that all these were meant to prepare us to the real world, a world that we will face after your embracing wings are gone.

There are hundreds of things that I can add more like teaching me to swim or riding a bicycle. Most probably, despite your age, you were the only one patient enough in our family to teach both of these. I was your 'LITTLE' one, until many more LITTLEs were born to our family and I became one of the eldest. I feel we all are very lucky to have you as a grandpa in our lives.

I never expected you to teach us LONELINESS after showing what LOVE and LIFE is. You were, and you still are, my guardian angel. I still feel your presence with me and I am sure you are still looking over my shoulder like you always used to do.

I cannot remember where I've read this but when I did first man that came to my mind was you. So, this goes to my dear grandpa: "If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane, We would walk all the way to Heaven, to bring you Home again."

Love,

Gizem”


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