For those of us who were lucky enough to know him, and for those of you weren’t, Lou Iacoviello Sr, my father and best friend, passed away in his sleep recently. He went fast. Too fast. But at least he didn’t suffer. He was in his favorite chair in his favorite place, in front of the tube. Im posting this picture as a celebration of him.

He was warm and generous and very caring. He’d race to open a door for anyone in need. He was also very funny. That was him doing what he loved to do best, telling stories. He was a brilliant storyteller and the funniest person I know. He did naturally what so many people work their lives to do. He’s the reason I do what I do.

That’s my mom next to him, still smiling and enjoying his antics after 48 years. They were only a couple of weeks away from their 49th anniversary.

Next to her is my cousins wife Katy, enjoying him too. Everyone enjoyed my dad. He was a big kid. He was retired NYFD, lived to fish and truly enjoyed his life. His last day was a good one. He saw a movie, ate a burger and he fell asleep in his chair. Rest in peace Big Lou. You will be missed.