|Updated: 11/30/2012 8:57 am
||Published: 11/29/2012 9:19 pm
It's hard to say goodbye to Phil Stone, a Tulsa radio icon, who was taken too soon.
He died last week after suffering a heart attack. His death was a shock to many who listened to Stone along with colleague Brent Douglas on KMOD’s The Morning Zoo for more than a quarter century.
“I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it. He was always so full of life on the radio,” Lee Roy Thiele told FOX23.
It's even harder to say goodbye when that icon is your father.
“I hope they remember that he was a really good man, that he was a really caring and generous man,” Stone’s son Jeremy Riddle said Thursday.
A day after Stone was laid to rest; Jeremy got to meet the fans who woke up to his dad at a public memorial service at Cain’s Ballroom.
“I really thought yesterday would be the hard day and today would be the easy day, and it's really been quite the opposite.”
At the service, loyal listeners like Thiele, who drove in from Ponca City had a chance to pay their respects and see memorabilia from Stone’s career in radio.
“As his popularity grew, he always said, ‘We would be anything without the fans. Without the listeners, it wouldn't mean a thing,’” Jeremy said.
It was a chance for Jeremy to hear things about his father he'd never been told.
“The people that he helped that I never even realized. He might have helped somebody fix their car or pay their rent, things we never knew about.”
For fans, it was a moment to tell Stone's family how much they'll miss the sound of his voice.
“Listening to him let me know he was a good person,” Thiele said, “He'll be missed throughout this area, he will be.”
“This definitely doesn't take away the pain, but it certainly makes it easier,” Jeremy said.