21+ Remembering Dad Quotes

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Remembering Dad Quotes

We have assembled a collection of 21+ of the best ‘Remembering Dad’ quotes to help you celebrate his life and his enduring love.

These quotes for Dad can be used in a eulogy, as a reading at a funeral or memorial service, or at a celebration of life ceremony, or in a sympathy card or funeral reception invitation.

For ease of reference, we have divided up our quotes into the following categories:

At the end of our post, we have links to our Pinterest board and Facebook album where you can find more images with the best quotes for remembering Dad that can be easily shared with family and friends.

Words to say at a funeral for dad

Words to Say at a Funeral For Dad

Looking for words to say at a funeral about your amazing Dad?  This quote by American poet Maya Angelou is short, but ever so sweet.

A Great Soul

By Maya Angelou

“A great soul
serves everyone
all the time.
A great soul
never dies.
It brings us together
and again.”


It is always difficult to say farewell to a Dad, but we will always remain thankful for the guidance that he passed on to us.  This funeral quote from a Hebrew proverb captures this sentiment perfectly.

Say Not in Grief

Hebrew Proverb

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’
but in thankfulness that he was.”

Funeral Quotes for Dad Hebrew Proverb


Author and renaissance man Rossiter Worthington Raymond reminds us that love knows no bounds in this poetic quote.  If you are looking for simple, yet beautiful, words to say at a funeral for a Father, look no further.

Love is Immortal

By Rossiter Worthington Raymond

“Life is eternal,
and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing
save the limit of our sight.”


This next funeral quote about a father has been worded several different ways over the years.  We love this version with its sentiment that a dad’s legacy of making the world a better place will endure.  We will always remember him.

A Successful Man

Author Unknown 

“That man is a success –
who has lived well,
laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men
and the love of children;
who has filled his niche
and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better
than he found it;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty
or failed to express it.;
who looked for the best in others
and gave the best he had.”

Funeral Quotes for Dad by an Unknown Author


Dad will always hold a special place in our lives, full of memories of how he has shaped our futures and guided us through thick and thin.

This next funeral quote celebrates the special place Dad will always have in our hearts.


Author Unknown 

“We’ll always remember
that special smile,
that caring heart,
that warm embrace,
you always gave us.
You being there
for Mom and us
through good and bad times,
no matter what.
We’ll always remember
you Dad because
they’ll never be another one
to replace you in our hearts,
and the love we will always
have for you.”


After losing a loved one we are often left with feelings of things left unsaid.  This next funeral quote reminds us that it is never too late to say ‘Thank You’ to our Dad.

When looking for words to say at a funeral for Dad, consider reading this wonderful poem, or pick your favourite lines and turn it into a shorter quote.

As We Look Back

Author Unknown 

“As we look back over time
We find ourselves wondering…
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us…
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let us have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.”


Comforting quotes about a father that has passed away

Tribute to My Beloved Father

This next beautiful funeral quote is perfect for a Dad who taught by example, and left a legacy in the lives he touched.

My Father Didn’t Tell Me How to Live

By Clarence Budington Kelland

“My Father didn’t tell me how to live;
he lived,
and let me watch him do it.”

Funeral Quotes for Dad by Clarence Budington Kelland


If your Father was an avid gardener, then this quote from Claudia Ghandi would be perfect for a eulogy or reading at his funeral or memorial service.

Walk Forever in My Garden

By Claudia Ghandi

“If I had a single flower
for every time I think about you,
I could walk forever in my garden.”

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This quote by author Joyce Cary reminds us that God works in ways we may never understand.  It would be an appropriate addition to a religious funeral service.

Gift of God

By Joyce Cary

“I look at life as a gift of God.
Now that he wants it back
I have no right to complain.”


Poet Tram-Tiara perfectly captures the sentiment that, even in death, our Father will always watch over us.   “This funeral quote is my tribute to my beloved father,” says the author.

Your Spirit

By Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

“No matter where I am
Your spirit will be beside me
For I know that no matter what
You will always be with me.”


This short funeral quote by Scottish poet Thomas Campbell reminds us that love doesn’t diminish with time when it is kept alive in our hearts and forever remembered.

To Live in Hearts

By Thomas Campbell

“To live in hearts
we leave behind
is not to die.”

Funeral Quote for a Father by Thomas Campbell


Buddhism provides this next beautiful funeral quote about how love, much like a candle’s flame, can be shared and passed along.

From a Single Candle

By Buddha

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Love never decreases by being shared.”


Those who have lost a Father will understand the importance of having hope in our time of grief.  This next tribute for a beloved Father reminds us that hope will come we need it the most.

Hope is Like a Bird

Author Unknown 

“Hope is like a bird that senses the dawn
and carefully starts to sing while it is still dark.”


After losing a Father, sadness is a natural part of the healing process.  This is one of our favourite remembering dad quotes.

May the Stars Carry Your Sadness Away

By Chief Dan George

“May the stars carry your sadness away,
May the flowers fill your heart with beauty,
May hope forever wipe away your tears,
And, above all, may silence make you strong.”


Quotes About Losing a Father From a Daughter

Quotes About Losing a Father From a Daughter

Although your Father may have passed on, their guidance and love will always stay with you.  Here is a beautiful quote for a daughter to recite at her Dad’s funeral or memorial service.

Your Guiding Hand

By Unknown Author

your guiding hand on my shoulder
will remain with me forever.”

Funeral Quote for Dad by an Unknown Author


This next funeral quote by American poet Emily Dickinson conveys to those that have lost a Father that hope is ever present within us.

It would be a wonderful quote to add to a sympathy card to a daughter that is mourning the loss of her Dad.


By Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.”


The next quote is well-known, and comes from an Irish headstone.  It’s message about the loss of a loved one is bitter-sweet.  This quote could be used in a eulogy for Dad, as a reading, as well as in a sympathy card.

Death Leaves a Heartache

From a Headstone in Ireland

“Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
love leaves a memory
no one can steal.”

Funeral Quote for Dad from a Headstone in Ireland


In this next quote, renowned Italian artist Michelangelo paraphrases a famous verse in the Bible, Job 1:21, which says that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away.

Same Master

By Michelangelo

“If we have been pleased with life,
we should not be displeased with death,
since it comes from the hand
of the same Master.”


Quotes About Losing a Father From a Son

Quotes About Losing a Father From a Son

This beautiful funeral quote articulates how lucky we feel to have been given the best Dad in the world.

Even After They Are Gone

Author Unknown

“There are special people in our lives
who never leave us….
Even after they are gone”


Although losing a Father is hard, his memory will never leave our hearts.  This next funeral quote captures this sentiment beautifully, and would be perfect for a son to recite at his Dad’s funeral or memorial service.

Sadly Missed Along Life’s Way

Author Unknown

“Sadly missed along life’s way,
quietly remembered every day…
No longer in our life to share,
but in our hearts, you’re always there.”

Funeral Quote for Dad by an Unknown Author


This quote from Danish philosopher and poet Soren Kierkegaard expresses how a Dad’s life was shaped by those that came before him, and in turn, shaped those around him.



By Soren Kierkegaard

“Life can only be understood backwards;
but it must be lived forwards.”


This tongue-in-cheek funeral quote from former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is very playful, and would be perfect for a memorial or funeral service if your Dad had a great sense of humour. 

I am Ready to Meet My Maker

By Winston Churchill

“I am ready to meet my Maker.
Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me
is another matter.”


Additional Resources

If you have lost a Dad, or know someone who recently has, here are more collections on Love Lives On that may offer you further assistance:

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