John Stamos remembered Bob Saget in an emotional speech at his memorial service.
“My Bob. I’m not ready to accept that he’s gone. I’m not going to say goodbye yet,” Stamos said in the speech, which was published in its entirety in the Los Angeles Times.
Stamos then mentioned Saget’s last social media post in which the comedian described how much joy he was having on his stand-up tour.
“When I saw his last Instagram post, my first thought was he looked too ‘alive’ to die a few hours later. But I guess that’s right. We should all want to 'die alive.’ We don’t want to be filled with regret and remorse, forgotten and discarded. We want to be overwhelmed with the privilege and bounty of doing what we do best,” Stamos added. “Bob felt young, energized, grateful and appreciated. The applause and laughter didn’t have time to die down before Bob did. He never ran out of cake … or the other stuff. He died bright and fierce.”
While Stamos admitted he and Saget didn’t initially get along when they began working on “Full House” in the ‘80s, his co-star later became a rock in his life.
“When I lost my parents, Bob was there for me like no other. He told dirty jokes and talked about himself as he hosted my dad’s funeral. He was there through divorces, deaths, despair and dark days. He was there through love, marriage, a child and bright times,” Stamos shared. “He was my lifeline.”
The actor went on to describe being “shattered” at the news of Saget’s death and how he wanted signs from his late friend.
“I want signs from Bob, damn it! I want to be haunted by him! The void is maddening!” Stamos said.
Toward the end of his speech, Stamos discussed finding some peace with Saget’s passing.
“I’ve spent days refusing to let him go,” Stamos added. “But now I’m starting to realize I don’t have to. I don’t have to say goodbye because he’s never leaving my heart. And I will continue to talk to him every day and let him know what he means to me.”
He concluded: “Bob, I will never, ever have another friend like you. You will always be my best friend. You are my new guardian angel — a guardian angel with the dirtiest mouth and a heart as big and benevolent as forever. I love you, Baby.”
In addition to Stamos, Saget’s memorial service was attended by “Full House” stars Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier, Jodie Sweetin, Lori Loughlin, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.