I worked with my dad my whole life except for the time I was in college and 2 years after while my wife was finishing. When he was in his early 80's he started getting dementia and 2 days before my 55th birthday he had a stroke. I am an only child and mom and I had barely been able to care for him before the stroke, so 2 days after that birthday we had to put him in a nursing home where he spent his last 5 years. I wasn't there when he passed as mom and I had been there much of the day and she was worn out. My daughter was gracious enough to sit with him until he passed just after midnight. I did tell him that I loved him and I would see him again. He will be gone 14 years this coming November 10th.