"Dear Stephen, Michael, Laura, and Jeff,
I'm very sorry to hear of your father's passing. I can still see him pulling in to the driveway at the JP house, swinging his briefcase, going inside, and then soon heading out again. Always shouting greetings over the fence, to my parents or to us kids. It was such a "tragedy" for us when he took you all "away" on vacation, and such a big day when he brought you all back.
He will be fondly remembered and missed. My condolences to the whole family."