Dr. Ford Van Hagen

Dr. Ford Van Hagen was diagnosed with "Duke's C" colon cancer. Thirteen and a half years later on September 25th, 2004 at 8:33 PM, his body, not his will nor his valiant strong resolute spirit, gave in to the disease. Dr. Ford spent his life healing others. Known as the 'Jazz piano playing doc', he gave of his spirit, talents, wisdom, and love so graciously to family, friends and patients.

His constant sense of humor, joy, and wonderment at the world came from within and was contagious. Thank you Daddy Bear for teaching me gentle strength, kindness, quiet wisdom, loving spirit. Thank you for all the songs we sang together. Your lesson to me and to the world was AGAPE love; a love that you embodied in everything you did.

With arms around you, you're my father. I'm yours, and I will miss you more than you know.

So much remains of your essence; this remains your unrivaled legacy. I will always 'Kick 'em in the Foot' for you, Bear.

Amy Van Hagen