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We celebrate Father’s Day June 19. For many men, that means another tie, a handcrafted gift and perhaps dinner out.

But what does it really mean to be Dad? Every father’s story is different and unique, but the men profiled on the next few pages have their own interesting stories to tell.

One father is a stay-at-home dad, but, as he says, staying at home is something he rarely does. “I’m the lacrosse mom,” Bob Boyle says.

Richard Alpert thought his future and that of his children would be different, but he is determined to find the joy in life despite the pain of losing his wife.

Benton Blount worried being a musician would keep him from his kids, but with support from his wife, he makes it work.

Then there’s Malachi Rodgers. For many of us, he’s a familiar name — and face — from TV. But to 5-year-old Makayla, he’s simply known as Dad.

Writers Angie Campbell, Chris Worthy and Jennifer Weaver found three Upstate men who have one thing in common for sure — they are all dads. But they each wake up to a very different situation every day. Their stories are compelling, and I hope you will take a moment to learn more about these local fathers.

To them, and dads everywhere, happy Father’s Day from Upstate Parent magazine. Read our Father's Day profiles below:

DADS: Richard Alpert finds the joy in life
DADS: For Benton Blount, nothing beats being a dad
DADS: 'Stay at home' is a misnomer for Bob Boyle
DADS: Dad is Job 1 for Malachi Rodgers
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