My Godfather Lee Fisher died last week. He was 101.
I caught myself when I was filling out a form and writing down his birthday at the hospital. I had to write the year in three digits not two!
Lee had a wonderful life and I count myself lucky that he was a part of mine.
Lee was a World War II veteran. He graduated from Denver University in 1939, and when the war broke out, he signed on with the Navy. While stationed in San Diego, he met his wife Jean. After the war, they returned to Wheat Ridge where he operated a service station until he retired.
I met Lee when I was seven-years-old. He was my Grandmother’s first cousin and he lived for a time with my grandmother and her parents on a farm in Linn County, Kansas. That’s where my family roots are and where our family still farms today.
Growing up, Lee and Jean were pillars in my life. They would pick me up from school, take me to their cabin in Evergreen and we celebrated Thanksgiving with them every year that we lived in Denver.
Lee and Jean had no children of their own, so as they aged my brother Schuyler and I took a more active role in their lives. We watched as they grew old together and stepped in when needed.
Jean passed in 2012 and afterwards Lee lived at home alone. I drove up with the kids often and my brother, who lives in Denver, helped keep a watchful eye on him – visiting every week and making sure he had help at home.
Whenever I visited, I took a few pictures. These images are the ones that will always remind me of him the most.
Lee liked to spend hours reminiscing, and I listened. Every once in a while we would go to the Tower of Memories where Jean was interred and where he would eventually be too.
Last Tuesday, we celebrated Lee’s life during his funeral service there and watched as he was laid to rest.
Lee’s funeral service reminded me just how important taking pictures can be. I was able to put together a slide show at his visitation and I realize now that my memories of my time with my Godfather Lee — who was more like a grandfather to me — will never fade.
Sean Cayton is a wedding photojournalist of 19 years and operates a successful, award-winning wedding photography studio in Colorado Springs. He’s also an award-winning photojournalist. Sean is happily married to the love of his life (also his business partner) and is father to three beautiful children. When he’s not working, Sean can be found outside flying kites with his kids, hitting golf balls or casting a fly rod to hungry trout.