The pain of losing a parent is one only familiar to those who have also experienced it.
While the nation mourns the loss of a country music icon, Toby Keith‘s family is mourning the loss of their father, friend, hero, and biggest supporter. The Big Dog Daddy was called home on Monday after a lengthy battle with stomach cancer, he was peacefully laid to rest, in pain no more.
“Toby Keith passed away peacefully last night on February 5th, surrounded by his family. He fought his fight with grace and courage.
Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.”
While it has been so special to read all of the kind sentiments from those whom Keith touched over the years, hearing the words of his children remembering him brings out a whole new level of emotion.
Toby Keith’s son, Stelen Keith Covel, took to social media today to share some public final words to his father.
Grab the tissues when reading this one. You will be sniffling after the first sentence:
“You are the strongest man I have ever known. A fighter. A true titan of your industry. My guiding star. My coach. My hero. An embodiment of the American Spirit. You are a man whose strength, prowess, and talent could only be trumped by his ability to be a father and husband.
Your impact is forever stamped on the world and on millions of people, yet not one person knew you the way I did. You were my biggest champion and the guiding light in my darkest times. The best mentor a man could ask for.
You held a passion that was greater than mountains and it radiates through every lyric and chord. In the everlasting echo from the legacy of your music, you leave me strength and faith to lean on in the silence that follows. You truly did it your way, from the starting gates to the finish line, and never apologized for it.
The only thing I truly ever wanted in life was to make you proud. I promise I will continue to make you proud. It’s not goodbye forever; it’s just goodbye for now. I love you cowboy.”
The emotional caption is accompanied by an image of Toby Keith teaching Stelen to swim at a young age—a perfect picture of a bonding moment between father and son.
We’ve said that since his passing, it’s beyond apparent that Toby Keith left a lasting mark on those who crossed paths with him, and after reading this post, it’s clear to see he was an ideal father figure, too.
Our thoughts continue to be with Keith’s family during this time.