He never formally learned to read or write in school. Self taught and always found a way to provide for his family. He had 11 children and cared for all of them. He moved to the US and owned successful businesses without speaking English.
He told me on his birthday that the most important thing a man can do is provide for his children and he made sure that he did that.
I have never heard him complain about his life, money, his situation, or talk about any of his perceived disadvantages as an immigrant in the US.
He admires those with more than him & is compassionate to those less than him. He is grateful for this country.
He has helped children, grandchildren, and even other immigrant families and has never said much about it but many of those people also viewed him as a mentor or father.
He married and had his first child as a teen. He came from literally nothing and made a life for himself and his family through hard work and persistence.