I joke about being raised around men with one name like, Crusher, Bruiser, Mauler and the Assassin. The truth is, it’s not a joke. I really did grow up around these guys!
When my father passed away in 1997 he didn’t have very much in the way of personal possessions. He was living in a trailer that he couldn’t pay for taking tolls at the Delaware toll booth. I mean no disrespect to my father or any job profession, it was just quite a bit different than the father that I grew up with for the first 13 years of my life.
At his funeral I received a windbreaker that he wore at the tollbooth. That’s it! This was a from a man who wrestled in front of thousands of people and had been on TV many times and even appeared in at least one movie. (Requiem of a Heavyweight starring Anthony Quinn and Mickey Rooney.)
Thousands had asked him for his autograph over the years, but there weren’t many at the funeral. I say this as a challenge to us today to not forget where our real value lies. It’s not in what we have to offer! Please trust me when I say that if we put our hope in what the world has to offer, the world can, and will, take it away. No, our true value is based on the fact that we are created by God in His image and no one can ever take that away. I don’t care what you’ve done or what’s been done to you, you are not without HOPE.
Our HOPE is found on this, that same God that created us, loves us so much that He came to earth as a man named Jesus and died for us while we were rejecting Him. That’s an amazing love! I pray that you know Him.
This section is dedicated to my earthly father. He lived a pretty amazing life by the world’s standards. I’m praying that he knew the Lord so that he is now enjoying eternal life and I’ll be able to see him again sometime in the future!
Here’s some of the match information, articles and photographs that I’ve been able to compile over the years. If you have anything to add, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have to say “Thank You!” to Jim Melby, Chuck Thornton, Scott Teal, Canada Sports Hall of Fame, WrestlingData.com and especially Scott Justice and Greg Warren. These men, plus many others, blessed me with their kindness and really helped in my search for match information and pictures of my father. Enjoy and God bless!