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22 Father’s Day Quotes for Dads Who Have Passed

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22 Father’s Day Quotes for Dads Who Have Passed

A son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love… that’s what a gift a great father is to his children. These Father’s Day quotes are in honor of the man you miss so much it hurts, but whose love and light will forever guide your way.

Losing my father is a weight I’ll carry forever. But I learned some things…

You can still learn from his wisdom.

You’ll keep learning how every moment of excruciating pain is an invitation to turn it into medicine. You do that through love. Only love.

You know you’ll never be the same again. Nor should you. Joy and love and gratefulness are part of your life, but so are loss and heartache.

No matter how much grief pulls, you’ll learn that love never dies. It won’t be a logical conclusion, but something you know deep down in your heart. In silence and still moments, you’ll know.

“The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

In the end, the one thing that does last? Love. Always love.

A son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love… that’s what a gift a great father is to his children. These Father’s Day quotes are in honor of the man you miss so much it hurts, but whose love and light will forever guide your way.

22 Father’s Day Quotes for Fathers Who Have Passed

1. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie the Pooh

2. “My appreciation for my father’s greatness cannot be measured.” – Jennifer Williamson

3. “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” – Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

4. “Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” – Unknown

5. “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” – Antoine Francois Prevost

6. “Perhaps they are not stars in the sky, but rather openings where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Proverb

7. “Say not in grief: ‘He is no more,’ but live in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew Proverb

8. “No matter how old we are, we still need our dads, and wonder how we’ll get by without them.” – Jennifer Williamson

9. “Although our lives’ journeys have bid us to be apart, I am with you, you are with me, always in our hearts.” – Carolyn Ferreira

8. “Love has no age, no limit; and no death.” – John Galsworthy

11. “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Eco

12. “There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child.” – Jennifer Williamson

13. “You have been there for me, no matter what bad choices I might have made… you lovingly repaired my broken spirit, helped me plot a new course, and set me free to fly on my own once again. There is no greater love than that. You will always be special to me, and no matter where life takes me, I’ll remember you with love.” – Marilyn K. Deacon

14. “A father's love is forever imprinted on his child's heart.” – Jennifer Williamson

15. “I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.” – Adabella Radici

16. “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

17. “May each tear and each fond memory be a note of love rising to meet you.” – Jennifer Williamson

18. “You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive.” – Jamie Cirello

19. “To her, the name of father was another name for love.” – Fanny Fern

20. “When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter

21. “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Unknown

22. “Deeply, I know this, that love triumphs over death. My father continues to be loved, and therefore he remains by my side.” – Jennifer Williamson

. . .

Tell me:

Which of these Father’s Day quotes is your favorite?

Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know.

Even when it feels like you’re walking all by yourself, you’re not. There’s love for you everywhere, in everything.

With so much love,

Jen

P.S. Nights can be hard. To help you through them, gift yourself a copy of my book, Sleep Affirmations: 200 Phrases for a Deep and Peaceful Sleep. You’ll find hope and healing on every page.

A son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love… that’s what a gift a great father is to his children. These Father’s Day quotes are in honor of the man you miss so much it hurts, but whose love and light will forever guide your way.

Comments on this post (17)

  • Jul 06, 2020

    Judy, it’s an honor to share my words here with others who understand. Thank you for being here with me, with us. May you continue to find healing and peace, and the joy of being alive, in small moments and unexpected places. x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jul 06, 2020

    Rebecca, love that strong and that deep is a gift. We’ve both been blessed to have amazing men to look up to and call “dad.” And to carry their legacy forward in our own hearts. x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jul 06, 2020

    My father passed away too from colon cancer. It was really difficult. Thank God for this website….thank you for creating this website. My first Father’s Day without him yesterday…

    — Judy

  • Jul 06, 2020

    I am most moved by your thoughts and feelings. I read your words but I listened to your heart. Your dad was very special to you as mine was to me. My strong character and sense of self worth were molded by his refusal to view himself as less of a man, because he had daughters. We are his legacy. Humbly, today, everyday and forever we thank God the for the man he gave us to simply call “dad”. Thank you for sharing Jennifer!!!

    — Rebecca Gordon

  • Jul 06, 2020

    Happy Father’s Day to my Dad. Can’t still believe you are gone. You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive. A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart. I Miss you dearly dear Dad. Keep Resting in the Lord. Till we met again..we all miss you dad😭😭😭😭😭

    — Joy

  • Jun 21, 2020

    “Deeply, I know this, that love triumphs over death. My father continues to be loved, and therefore he remains by my side.” – Jennifer Williamson

    — Joanne

  • Jun 21, 2020

    Happy Father’s Day to my Dad. Can’t still believe you are gone. You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive. A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart. I Miss you dearly dear Dad. Keep Resting in the Lord. Till we met again❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏😭

    — Adetoun

  • Jun 21, 2020

    Although our lives’ journeys have bid us to be apart, I am with you, you are with me, always in our hearts.”
    My favorite

    — Catherine

  • Jun 21, 2020

    You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive Is really my best I got touched I really miss my dad 🥺

    — Shukran Issa

  • Apr 29, 2020

    AndiQaaa, thank you for the love… my heart is with you <3

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Apr 29, 2020

    I am at a loss for words during that sorrowful day. Plz kno that I am thinking of you and praying for your dad peace and comfort……

    — AndiQaaa

  • Jun 17, 2019

    Stuart, this is one of my favorite quotes ever… it was something that helped me after my brother’s death. I’m glad you found something here that hits home, and I hope you continue to feel your father’s presence in your life for all your years. My thoughts are with you ~ Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 17, 2019

    Tombong, sending you my love <3 Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 17, 2019

    Brittany, I’m so glad this could help you remember more than just the sadness and pain of losing your dad… but also the scraps of wisdom <3 Thank you for sharing your favorites with me. I hope you feel your dad’s presence always xo Jen

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Jun 17, 2019

    These two are my favorites, however, i loved all of yours because it really hits home. Thinking of you today❤️ And thank you for this to help me get through the day remembering beautiful times instead of just sadness
    22. “Deeply, I know this, that love triumphs over death. My father continues to be loved, and therefore he remains by my side.” – Jennifer Williamson

    11. “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Eco

    — Brittany Tee

  • Jun 17, 2019

    It’s Father’s day and my dad passed away

    — Tombong

  • Jun 17, 2019

    My favourite would be “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.”

    This will be the first Fathers Day without Dad and I thin it is entirely appropriate at this time.

    — Stuart Bushell

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