Side Lake, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It's not hard to figure out that people in Side Lake love their parade.
The McCabe family is no exception. Their father, John McCabe, was a lifelong resident of Side Lake.
"He loved the lake, he just loved everything about it," said John's son, Brian McCabe.
John was named Grand Marshal of Side Lake's 33rd annual Fourth of July parade.
"He couldn't imagine that they wanted him to be the Grand Marshal," said John's sister-in-law, Carol McCabe.
John didn't make it to the parade. He died in May.
"You know he didn't suffer, he just went to bed," said Brian of this father's death.
Despite his death, John was kept as the parade's Grand Marshal. The seat where he would have sat during the parade was kept empty as a tribute to him.
"Well, I think it's really cool that no one would take his place," said John's grandson, Noah.
John's family made a float in his honor, decorating it with things he loved.
"Because he meant so much to all of us, but something different to all of us. We wanted to make sure that our memory of him was represented in the float," said John's daughter, Katie.
For a man who loves Side Lake and his family, there was no better way to say 'we love you too'.
"We miss him. We miss him dearly," said John's son, Mickey McCabe.
John is survived by six children, 13 grandchildren and five great–grandchildren.
His wife died before him.