readers to send in their favorite photos
and memories of the dads in their lives. Here are a few of our favorites.
Rob Daniels of Greensboro, N.C., wrote of his submission, "This captures the father-son interaction that my brother (left) and our dad loved most. He would read us stories but change the words every so often for comic value."
"His impromptu humor, change of vocal inflection and timing were priceless. They showed that the tradition of reading to the kids was not a matter of parental obligation; it was a time of pure joy and thoughtful playtime. They proved his love of language and of his sons."
-Photo taken in Ruxton, Md., 1969
Credit: Courtesy Rob Daniels
Dale Shimek sent in this lovely photo of his math-teacher dad, William J. Shimek, and family in 1971.
"Every summer we took off on a three-month adventure. With my Mom, my sisters, the dogs, a converted Ford Bronco and a 17-foot trailer, we traveled from Minnesota to Alaska one year, Minnesota to Maine the next. We had less than $1000 in cash and each other."
"On our trip to Alaska, somewhere in the Yukon Territory, in the middle of nowhere, we had a breakdown. Two flat tires and one spare. There was no one around except us. It took Dad three days, using only a picnic table, a tire iron and a bottle of dish soap, but somehow, he got both tires re-inflated and got us back on the road."
"From my Dad, I learned resilience, integrity, loyalty, the power of conversation and how laughter and resourcefulness can solve just about any problem. My dad died two years ago this August and I miss him every day. He had a bright smile and an easy laugh and he inspires me to be who I am today."
Credit: Courtesy Dale Shimek
Jodi Daly of Tolleson, Ariz. wrote, "My dad, Jim Furlong, always makes me laugh. He has a great sense of humor that has gotten him through some tough situations in life...This particular summer there was a lot of flooding. My dad knows how much I love to take pictures and drove me around the area to take pictures of the flood damage. As I was walking back to the truck he posed for this picture."
taken in Plattsmouth, Neb., 2010
Credit: Courtesy Jodi Daly
Rex Downham has held onto this picture of his dad - a Korean War veteran, mechanic, racer, pilot and more - for more than 50 years. "I spent my whole life looking at this picture
of my dad, but we had only a handful of conversations," he wrote. "My dad and I were separated when I was born, and the only time I ever got to stay with him was at age 16, for a few months. It didn't go well and we didn't speak for 18 years. At the age of 34, I went to my dad's house and ended the separation. It was one of the best days of my life."
"I offer this story and some advice for the reader. It's never too late to have that conversation with some loved one you may have separated from. When my dad died, he died knowing that we both loved each other very much. "
Credit: Courtesy Rex Downham
Army Staff Sergeant Edwin Nelson of Queens, N.Y., can't be home for Father's Day. His wife sent is this photo
of him smiling with children Victoria, Desiree and Darius.
Credit: Courtesy Mrs. Nelson
Elizabeth Vasquez sent in this photo of her with her dad, taken in 1977 at a father-daughter dance. "This photo
became extra special to me after my dad passed away a couple years ago," she wrote. "After he passed my memories of him went back to the man he was when I was a child (and not the 73-year-old), like in the movies when someone passes and they return in their prime."
Credit: Courtesy Elizabeth Vasquez
Talia Coppola and her dad Joe Coppola are seen in this 1987 snapshot. "It was at one of his infamous summer pool party's!
I think it shows just how in love with him I was!!," she wrote.
Credit: Courtesy Talia Coppola
Sunny L. Conditt Williams shared this photo
of her dad, taken around 1942. "He had just gotten assigned to the U.S.S Astoria, which would be sunk in the Battle of Savo Island. He was wounded and stayed in the water for hours until he could be rescued, " Williams wrote. "This is one of my most favorite pictures of my dad, it shows him as a strong young man who is willing to fight for freedom for his country. He passed away on Nov. 18, 1999 and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss him."
Credit: Courtesy Sunny L. Conditt Williams
Johnpaul Obienugh sent in this photo of his late father, Chief C.C. Obienugh JP, "As a chief in my native community in Nnewi, Nigeria, he always encouraged me to stand for the defenseless and the less fortunate just like he did. I can't deny his influence in my life today because he means the whole world to me."
Credit: Courtesy Johnpaul Obienugh
Alison Presmanes Hill sent in this photo of her dad, Gregory Presmanes, with his high school band, "The Fly Bi Nites," from 1967. "They recorded one 45 in the summer of 1967- the B side of which was a song called "Found Love." Only 300 copies were sold. My dad left music, went to law school, and had a family (married his high school sweetheart, and now has a 32-year-old daughter)."
"As of last Sunday, we all got to hear dad singing "Found Love" on Mad Men (Season 6, Episode 10: "A Tale of Two Cities")! Of course, dad still plays the guitar and sings, and even sang at my wedding, but it has been really fun for our family to hear his voice and his song playing on TV 46 years later."
Credit: Courtesy Alison Presmanes Hill
Shelby Randall sent us this photo with her dad, Dave Randall, taken in 1987.
"It was the first trophy my dad and I won together at a car show. Every year for 25 years, my family attends the local car show in Sheridan, Wyoming. This has grown to be such a tradition that over the years, no matter how far everyone lives from our hometown, it is an unspoken rule that we all meet up and attend the car show."
Credit: Courtesy Shelby Randall
Carmen Mendoza sent in this photo of her late father, Gabriel Bustamante, Sr., walking her down the aisle in June 1970 in Galveston, Texas.
Credit: Courtesy Carmen Mendoza
Katya Sivak wrote about this 2013 picture of her dad, Slava Legki, "I am almost 30 and my dad is the only person who helped me overcome my
fear of driving and taught me how to drive this year! He was such a great
teacher that I passed my driver
Credit: Courtesy Katya Sivak
Timothy Heberling sent us this photo of him and his father, a naval officer who served as a reconnaissance pilot after WWII.
Heberling followed in his father's footsteps. In this photo
, his father pins his bars on when he became a commissioned officer.
Credit: Courtesy Timothy Heberling
Katy Widrick submitted these photos of her and her dad, Peter Henderson, from 1980 and 2006. "I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be like him, and to make him proud," Widrick wrote. "As a kid, that meant watching every Red Sox game together and visiting him at work. As an adult, it meant following in his footsteps to become a television producer. You can see in the picture
how much I trust him to lead the way, and how much fun I have with him. Now, I have a little girl of my own and my Daddy is a Granddaddy, which makes this the most special Father's Day we've ever celebrated together."
Credit: Courtesy Katy Widrick
Tom Heim poses with his father-in-law, Elvin Digan, in 2010. "Tom's father passed in 2006 and Elvin is the next thing to being his father," wrote Debbie Heim.
Credit: Courtesy Debbie Heim