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Readers nominate their Super Dads

| Saturday, June 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Drawing of Super Baseball Dad by Jacob Drurica, age 8

Super Fair Man

“The superhero name I would give my father is Super Grip Dad. A long time ago there was a small store in New Kensington called Gil's. At the front counter was a box filled with loose candy and next to the box was a sign that read “5¢ a handful.” My brother and I knew that we were in luck because my father had the biggest hands in the world.

“To the astonishment of the cashier, my father reached in with one lion-sized paw and scooped up half of the candy in the box. My brother and I were ecstatic. Candy, candy, candy! To our dismay, my father released his grip and allowed most of the candy to spill back into the box. After what he judged to be about 5¢ worth of candy left in his hand, he proceeded to pay for our purchases. My brother and I left disappointed, but having been taught the concept of fairness by our father, understood.

“Maybe I should rename my father, “Super Fair Dad!”

— Cynthia Boles, Edgewood

Super Laugh Man

“Herman (Hy) Leff was the funniest man I ever knew, at home in Squirrel Hill or anywhere. Regardless of what was going on or how he hurt, he always made us laugh. My friends often visited when I wasn't there because of his humor. He should've been a Borscht Belt comic or a talk-show host because he was fast on his feet and always had a joke or story, and in several languages. Customers visited him at work because of his great personality. He had perfect comic timing.

“He didn't leave me a famous name, gold or an inheritance, but he left me something invaluable that no one can take away — a legacy of laughter.”

— Nancy Leff, Lawrenceville

Super Generous Dad

“We think our dad, Gabe Ford, is the best dad in the world. He takes care of us and our mother and most of all he loves us. He takes time to spend with us whenever we can. He teaches us how to repair things, Makes sure our mother can stay home and home-school us. He is what we would consider a Super Dad.”

— Lillian Ford, Butler

Super Strength Man

“He's in his 90s. He's been through what many in his generation endured. He walks with a stoop so severe, swatting stinkbugs on the ceiling is a painful chore. This unassuming, hardworking man goes about his business every day keeping his flower beds, garden and yard in tip-top shape. Don't ask if he needs any help, he won't accept it. He takes pride in doing it himself at his own pace. His humble home, built over 60 years ago with his then-strong, brawny hands, may be the most beautiful place on Earth. It oozes of his love and energy. Friends and relatives sit on his porch and get their souls restored. It's a place to get grounded when you need it. This quiet, shy, private man would never allow anyone to call him a superhero — so we won't.”

— Lil Schmidt, North Huntingdon

Super Role Model Man

“I am very blessed to be able to say that my father, George Prasnitz, is the kindest, smartest, strongest,and most-hardworking man that I have ever known. He is my role model and I aspire to be just like him. He always has a smile on his face, even when he is having a rough day. He is a happy person and naturally finds the positives in any situation. There is never a dull moment when my dad is around. He is constantly thinking of goofy things to say, and it is impossible to be in a bad mood when he is around! He is so amazing at everything he does. He loves me unconditionally, and his words of encouragement help me in ways he will never know.”

— Samantha Prasnitz, 16, Latrobe

Super Truck Driver man

“My dad is super. He drives a big truck. He took me for a long ride! I love him.“

— Hanna Morrow, 8, Ambridge

Super Grandfather Man

“My superhero dad is my grandfather. I think he is a superhero because he took me to his house when my mom was sick. He also plays with me. We go to stores together. He helps me with homework. I love when he takes me to Walmart and Steak & Shake. I also love the way he smiles, and when he takes me in the woods to get firewood. He also puts our pool up in the summer. He fixes our truck. And he is the best dad a little girl can have.“

— Jenna Matassa, 9, Verona

Super Household Man

“Our dad is an excellent cook! Our dad always says before cooking, your hands need to be always clean. Our dad's favorite color is green! Our dad helps around the house a lot. He does the laundry everyday! Our dad is our hero, he is awesome and we love him.“

— The Russell children: Mikey, 7, Michele, 4th grade, Allison, 13

Super Heart Man

“As I stood at graduation last Friday, I saw a true superhero cheering for me. His cape was hidden from the crowd, but I could see it glowing underneath his shirt. My dad is probably the kindest man I know. His quirky sense of humor draws people to him like flies to honey. His heart is big, and caring. He is an inspiration to me, and he always has time for my friends. My family is not the richest, but we have something that is solid gold, Paul Yackovich, the man I am proud to call my dad, my superhero.“

— Michael Paul Yackovich, 17, West Newton

Super Loving Care Man

“My dad, Chris Currier, is a loving, caring Superhero Dad. He is special because he loves and cares about me a lot. He makes time to do things with me. We have built Lego houses and a big birdhouse that we are now painting. He helps me make Mother's Day presents for my mom. He helped me learn to ride a bike. He takes me to his office when we go to the big city.

“My dad takes good care of me and my family and he loves us so much. He always does very nice things for me to prove how much he loves me, and that's why he's a Loving Care Superhero Dad!”

— Emma Currier, 5, Gibsonia

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