Two years ago, the Star Trek world and the Nimoy family lost Leonard Nimoy. Today, his children remember their father.
“It’s hard to believe that two years have flown by since my Dad, Leonard Nimoy, passed away on February 27, 2015,” said Julie Nimoy. “I miss him every day, but he’s always in my heart and on my mind. It’s definitely been tough at times, wishing he was here with me, as I always thought of dad as my ‘rock,’ someone who always had ‘my back’ and who I could always go to with anything that was happening in my life.
“Dad spent most of his life creating an incredible legacy for himself through his thoughtful consideration and kindness, his dedication to his craft, his desire to bring joy and happiness to his fans through his characters, his love of the arts and contributions to organizations that supported important causes. Most importantly, there was Dad’s appreciation, concern and love for the family; he was the stabilizing force who encouraged and supported each of us individually.
“My dad will always be in my heart and I’ll always cherish our time together.”
“It’s been two years since Dad passed and, in remembering him, my first thought is how lucky I am to have had a close relationship him the last years of his life,” said Adam Nimoy. “He was very focused on our family those later years, and one of the things I miss most is our conversations about what was happening in our lives and what was going on in the world. It was always very satisfying to tell him something that made him laugh or that he found hard to believe, and at those times he would always say, ‘Are you serious?!,’ or ‘Wow!’ After all that Dad had seen and done, I just loved telling him something that he’d find amusing or unbelievable.
“Clearly, we’ll never forget that Leonard the artist gave life to one of the most-enduring and beloved icons in popular cultural history. But it’s worth remembering that Leonard the humanist felt compelled to engage in causes and movements he believed would make our homeworld a better place.”
Both of Nimoy’s children have worked on projects to honor their father. Julie Nimoy and husband David Knight have produced Remembering Leonard – His Life, Legacy and Battle with COPD; and Adam Nimoy’s For the Love of Spock released last year.
“My husband David and I continued Dad’s ‘mission’ by producing a film that will create awareness of this serious disease, COPD, which took his life way too soon,” said Julie. “I have this feeling of incredible joy knowing that Dad would be so very proud of me for carrying on his quest to reach people all over the world.”
Adam believes that his father would be honored if people would become involved in social causes just as Leonard did. “…if we can come together to bring about social changes that make this planet a better place for all,” said Adam, “then, if he were alive today, I have no doubt as to how my father would react: ‘Wow!'”