My Turn, Your Turn: Father's Day

By Gary McNair - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - If you're like me and your father is no longer walking this earth, you probably won't let Father's Day slip by without doing a little reminiscing.

Just the other day my wife saw me do something that caused her to be reminded of my dad.  I responded that I didn't think that was such a bad thing, and she agreed.  Actually though - that may be one of the highest compliments she's ever paid me.

It's been a dozen years since he died, but I think of him often.

He was special.  He loved his family and he taught my brother and me all the important stuff - like being honest, responsible, kind and considerate.  Some of those lessons were tough though.  You know, the kind that comes with --- this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you.  I'm sure glad he had the patience to deal with the likes of me.

And I hope you've had a similar relationship, because, if you did or if you do - you are truly blessed.

Happy Father's Day!

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Viewers' emailed response:

I was touched by your Father's Day message. It hits home. My Father-in-law is dying of cancer and my husband has been with him, in California, for two weeks. When we talk it is all about quality time with his Dad. Whatever happens his Dad will always remember the time they shared together,and in this we are truly blessed. My Father passed away in 2001, so my Dad-inlaw is very special to me. I wish I could be there with him but my heart is with both of them.


Thank you so much for remembering the Father's who have Dad died 11 years ago, and as you think of your father often, I think of mine often or even daily...I especially miss him today and Your Turn made me smile....

Happy Father's Day


Thank you so much for the comments on dads on Father's Day. I too was blessed with a wonderful dad who taught all of his kids(all girls) and grandkids many good things. He loved his family and Jesus. He taught us to love everybody and to say nothing if we couldn't say something good. Wish I could say I always did that. He believed in hard work and honest living and helping others. The world would be a much better place if all kids had dads like him


Thanks so much for that little talk about Father's Day. My Dad died 7 years ago and my Mom and I have been so down today-see it was also his birthday. We always had a huge party for him. I remember when I was very young giving him 1 handkerchief and him going on and on how much he loved that gift. My Dad like yours taught me so much. He was in the Navy and in World War II. He had a great love for the American Flag.Which I still do because of him. Does anyone know the flag rules??? I was taught to NEVER EVER let the flag touch the ground and if you did not take the flag in before dark always have a light on it. I love the American flag because of him. My Dad taught me so much and I am sure that I am a thoughtful, caring and kind human being because of my wonderful Dad.Thanks again and I am happy to share something with a total stranger, I feel a bond with you because our Dads hooked us up.....

Oh and by the way, I have a beautiful flag flying right now with a spot-light on it, and that is just for my Dad...Happy Birthday Dad and Happy Father's Day

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