On Monday, October 5th at 12:40 a.m., 2020 our father Joseph J. Adlesic at the age of 92 let go. Our hearts are broken.Dad was a serious thinker. He read all the time. We grew up surrounded with mounds of newspapers, magazines and books. He was a staunch Democrat whose politics were guided by kindness and inclusivity. He never said an unkind word about anyone. We simply did not grow up with parents who made prejudicial or judgmental remarks about those who were different. They embraced everyone. What a gift. Dad parlayed his high school football genius into a scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh where he received a Masters Degree in Education. Although WWII post war efforts cut short Dad’s playing career at Pitt, his talents were so professional and accomplished that he spent his time with Airborne Division US Army as a player-coach before briefly returning to Pitt to play for then coach Clark Shannessy (who simultaneously coached the Washington Redskins of the NFL). He spent his adult life as father, husband, businessman, and BonVivant. Dad loved sports. And when we say LOVED, we’re talking, get out of my way, get the snacks lined up, FANATIC. He never missed a Steelers game. He had a zest for the game, for excelling in competition and pushing yourself to be the best you can be. He never did half measures. He also loved nature and the outdoors. His yard was his pride and joy. Every summer, he worked tirelessly to plant and sow gorgeous rows of flowers all around his very large yard. Passersby, strangers, would stop in their cars and comment on how lovely it all looked. Dad beamed, not only for his work, but for the joy it brought others. We also grew up with vegetable plants — tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, broccoli — grown alongside the house and in a huge garden in the backyard before we got our pool. He knew the value of soil, tilling, digging, raking, the riches that come from hard work. He shared all this so we would be enriched, so we would have our own beautiful gardens of mind, body and spirit. His parenting was not grounded in rigid expectations, instead he passionately sought to understand and provide us with every possible resource to live our dreams. He and Mom, did this incredibly well. He helped his children to excel at athletics; coached Little League and promoted girls’ sports. Joe was an early #GirlDad promoting girls sports and funding his daughter’s basketball team. He was devoted to his wife, his children, his cousins and friends, to creating a thriving life full of exuberance, love and joy. So, we send you off, dear sweet beautiful dynamic dad, huddled together as family, like you would have wanted. Standing strong in your garden, with your memories forever emblazoned in our hearts. Peace to you: our kind strong honorable truly good dad and man. We will remember you by your kindness, your words that “the essence of life is not visible to the eye”, and through acting with your kindness in our hearts we are able to know hope for a better, and more loving world.