We lost our battle with Alzheimer's Disease. From the diagnosis in January, 2000 until his final release on September 27, 2009, Leslie Wade Tyler lived with Alzheimer's. Until the very end, he enjoyed life, though at the end, his enjoyment was limited to the simpler things. He did not suffer. He simply went to sleep attended by his family in a hospital room where he spent his last days.
He never lost his ability to inspire me.
While getting ready to go to the hospital to visit with Dad, I found myself checking to make sure that all of my stripes or plaids matched. I knew that it would disturb him if I entered his room without my stripes matched. He spent his entire life striving for perfection, and got so very close to it many times.