26 'Happy Father's Day' Quotes for Deceased Dads or Stepdads

Published on:

When your dad or stepdad dies, you might want to find a way to say “Happy Father’s Day in heaven.” Read through these Father’s Day quotes for deceased dads. You may want to post them on social media, reflect on them as you write in a journal, or share with other grieving family members.

Jump ahead to these sections:

You can keep your deceased loved one’s memory alive by sharing stories with others. Being with others who also miss your dad may also give you comfort on difficult days, such as Father’s Day or your dad’s birthday.

Here are the dates for Father's Day for the next few years:

2021: Sunday, June 20
2022: Sunday, June 19
2023: Sunday, June 18
2024: Sunday, June 16
2025: Sunday, June 15

Sad Father’s Day Quotes for Deceased Dads

Is this your first Father’s Day without your dad? People who lose their loved ones find that these days remain particularly difficult. Here are some quotes to help you express your sorrow about losing your dad. 

1. “Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” — Unknown

While this quote isn’t specifically about a deceased parent, it offers a poignant message to those who recently lost their dads. 

2. “This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments — and you get the tears at the end, too.” — Harlan Coben

Queen Elizabeth said, “Grief is the price we pay for love.” Unfortunately, these two experiences go hand in hand. Hopefully, the wonder, joy, and tender moments will give you some solace in your grief.

3. “No matter how old we are, we still need our dads, and wonder how we’ll get by without them.” — Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson has a website dedicated to healing after a loss. Consider sharing this quote on social media. Others who have lost their fathers will surely connect with it.

4. “A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart.” — Jennifer Williamson

Even if you can no longer celebrate Father’s Day with your dad, know that he lives on in your memories and your heart.

5. “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” — A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne wrote the “Winnie the Pooh” books. Even though he wrote his books for children, you’ll find many nuggets of wisdom in each of his books. 

6. “You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive.” — Jamie Cirello

This thought may comfort you as you face what may feel like a heart-wrenching day.

ยป MORE: When grief feels overwhelming, focus on what you can control. Access the post-loss checklist.

 

Uplifting Father’s Day Quotes for Deceased Dads

Even if feel sad on Father’s Day, you may still want to celebrate other dads. Here are some powerful quotes that speak about the importance of having a dad in your life.

7. “The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.” — Justin Ricklefs

Justin Ricklefs has a website called “The Good Men Project.”

8. “A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” — Susan Gale

Susan Gale writes about parenting and has worked in education for years. Consider pairing this quote with a picture of your dad during a happy time in his life. 

9. “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” — Unknown

Often people regret not sharing their feelings with the ones they love. 

10. “A dad is someone who wants to catch you when you fall. Instead, he picks you up, brushes you off and lets you try again.” — Unknown

Dads of all stripes find it tricky to strike a balance between helping children and enabling them. This quote says that a good dad lets his children fail but helps get them started on the right path each time it happens.

11. “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.” — Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco is the author of “In the Name of the Rose.”

12. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham

Share stories of good fathers with others, especially those who love their children’s mothers. They are the unsung heroes of the world.

13. “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” — George Herbert

Not to downplay the importance of teachers, but a child may have dozens of teachers throughout their lives. They only have one dad. 

Father’s Day Quotes for Deceased Dads From Daughters

Are you missing your dad on Father’s Day? You are not alone. Here are some quotes about the father/daughter relationship that you may want to share with others.

14. “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” — Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s famous first novel was “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This quote was from her only other published work called “Go Set a Watchman.” Lee’s Atticus Finch is one of the finest examples of literary fathers in the English language.

15. “It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” — John Sinor

This lighthearted quote may remind you of shopping trips with your dad. 

16. “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” — Ruth E. Renkel

What inheritance did your dad leave you?

17. “I love my father as the stars — he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.” — Adabella Radici

Take a moment to look at the stars tonight as you think about your dad. Perhaps you will feel a happy twinkling in your heart as you remember this important person in your life. 

18. “Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing father.” — Unknown

Do you think your dad raised some pretty terrific kids? If so, shout it to the world. 

19. “When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” — Linda Poindexter

Adult children who lose their parents often describe how sad they are to lose that sense of security that their parent provides. Celebrate dads who support you no matter what. 

20. “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” — Michael Ratnadeepak

Does this quote warm your heart?

Father’s Day Quotes for Deceased Dads From Sons

Many quotes act as tributes to dads and let’s focus on the father/son relationship. Read through some quotes that you may relate to as you think about your own dad. 

21. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” — Tim Russert

Do you find yourself sounding more like your parents as you age? This is a common experience for both sons and daughters. 

22. “Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” — Unknown

Even if your dad is no longer with you, you may feel his presence wherever you go.

23. “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” — Unknown

If your father loved to sail, this quote compares a loving father to a lighthouse. 

24. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth

A loving quote doesn’t always have to be serious in tone. Many others will connect with what Charles Wadsworth has to say.

25. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland

What did you learn from watching your father?

26. “If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don’t ever die.” — Leo Buscaglia

This is a loving tribute to a father who is gone from the world. 

What to Do on Father’s Day After Your Dad Passes

If you recently lost your father, you may be dreading the third Sunday in June. Seeing displays of Father’s Day cards may make you feel like hiding away from the world until Father’s Day is over for the year.

Instead, consider spending time with others who are missing your dad. Tell his favorite jokes and share funny stories. Listen to his playlist and drink his favorite beer. Look at photos of past Father’s Day celebrations. 

Perhaps you could plant a tree in memory of your dad or complete a project for your mom that she is unable to do on her own. 

You may also celebrate your dad’s life by volunteering your time for a charity that was important to him. 

Father’s Day doesn’t have to be a sad day. Instead, use the third Sunday in June as a day to celebrate this important person in your life. 

Icons sourced from FlatIcon.