By Dome Karukoski
January 13, 2015
My father passed away on Saturday. It was not unexpected since he had been sick for a long time. I'm sad, but also somewhat relieved. He died peacefully with his loved ones around him. He had a wonderful life full of experiences, that one could just imagine to have.
I just wanted to remind everybody to spend time with your loved ones when you have the chance. It's the only the time you will have with them.
I made the film The Grump / Mielensäpahoittaja for him and it's starting it's festival round attending numerous and numerous festivals. First I thought I'll cancel my festival appearances. -That it would be too heavy to talk about him when introducing the film again and again.
But he would've not liked that. He was a man who had a willpower I hope to have inherited. And he had a backbone. -You do the things you're supposed to do.
And you live the life when you have the chance. I urge everyone to do so.
Here is a nice interview made about him a while back. It will help me remember his thoughts about life and art always.
Dad, have a great ride, wherever you are.
Born: 7/5/1933, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/10/2015, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
George Dickerson’s westerns – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Mr. Rooney)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Mr. Wade)
Son of the Morning Star (TV) – 1991 (General Sherman)