Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:52 PM on Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Care for loved one appreciated

In the final months of our dad Walter Jackinskys life, answering two questions helped ground him in the present: Where do you live? Where do you like to fish? Homer and the Fishing Hole had became near and dear to Dad since the decision to move him from Ninilchik to Homer several years ago.

In Homer, Dad had access to knowledgeable, wise and compassionate health care providers and caregivers. In his increasingly frequent doctor appointments, trips to the emergency room, hospital stays and home health visits, he was treated with dignity and as a friend.

He loved the Fishing Hole. Depending on his health, he would fish, visit with other fishermen, compose outlandish fish stories or simply nap.

The June 10 gathering on the Spit to celebrate Dads life would have thrilled him. While not a sunny, warm day, it was, as someone reminded us, good fishing weather. All the foods were his favorites. The stories that were shared illustrated the full life Dad enjoyed.

To all of you doctors, nurses, CNAs, EMTs, hospice volunteers and Dads many friends thank you for being part of his life.

Risa and McKibben Jackinsky

For the family of Walter Jackinsky