On Thursday, June 19, 2014, my beautiful son, Joey, passed away unexpectedly at age 13 in Simi Valley, Calif., from secondary complications from Nissen surgery he had nine days prior.
My little force of nature had a beautiful smile, warm heart, irresistible laugh and sweet personality. Joey was an amazing son, made me a better man, and was simply, my heart. He had just graduated from sixth grade on Friday, June 6, 2014.
As my father did with me decades earlier, I passed along my deep love of The Beatles, Wings and Paul McCartney's solo material with my son, Joey, when he was a baby.
Soon after he was born on March 11, 2001, I included Sir Paul's touching song "Put It There" on a compilation CD for my dear son. Thirteen years, three months, and eight days later, I played the same song at his memorial.
As Joey and I shared a love of live music, I decided to fly from California to New York to see Sir Paul McCartney at Madison Square Garden this weekend for both shows in honor of my son. We were supposed to see Mr. McCartney together at Dodger Stadium in August 2014, but, tragically, Joey passed away two months prior to the show.
Thank you for the decades of beautiful music, and for providing beautiful memories with my late father and son.
Simi Valley, Calif.