Saturday, February 15, 2014

Brian Haner share with fans a reminder of his family

Brian Haner, father of Brian Haner Jr. (Synyster Gates) has shared with fans a reminder of his family:


Someone posted this on my page. Not sure where you got it, but it is one of my favorite pictures of Brian Jr. and I'll tell you why. 
My father was a cement contractor. As I grew up, I spent every weekend and every summer pouring concrete; driveways, sidewalks, patios, foundations, etc. My brothers went into partnership with my father and worked with him until he died in 2008. Both my sons worked for the family business when they were younger - as a matter of fact, Jr. was still working with my dad and brothers when he joined A7X. It was hard and heavy work. It taught us work ethic and the value of a dollar. 
My mom put in 30 years at the phone company. I can count the days she missed on one hand.
I know it seems to some that we were born into some kind of showbiz family, but we weren't. We come from a humble, blue collar family. I owe any success I may have to great parents - who instilled the importance of a strong work ethic - by their words and their example.
This pic of Jr. with cement on his hands reminds me of how far we've come and how proud I am of our past.