Now, I miss my dad since he died a couple years ago this February from some weird immunological disease from working in the railroad yards. He improved as a father as times changed. When I was a kid, fathers just did not react to their children with a lot of outward expressions of love. At that time, he was an excellent provider, gave us a secure home, encouraged us with our education, took us on fun vacations, and loved my mother in very obvious ways. As time went on, he changed with the times. He readily accepted both my sister and myself when we came out. He started to show the real compassion that was in his heart and later as his children became older he would kiss us when we went "home". This was a big change for my father. Even later he expressed a lot of love for us and told us how proud he was of all his children.
I would only offer one criticism of my father, in all respect to him, I think he would agree. He should have taught me more of what he knew. Because all his children were very upwardly mobile, I guess he thought that with just his high school education that he had nothing to offer us, but he was wrong. He actually had a great deal to offer us.
Overall, I would have to say that he was a great dad, God keep him and love him.