Sidney Poitier's daughter is remembering her father's legacy. In an emotional statement posted to Instagram on Tuesday, Sydney Poitier opened up about the late actor, who died on Jan. 6 at 94 years old.
"There are no words for this. No real way to prepare for this. No prose beautiful enough, no speech eloquent enough to capture the essence of my dad," Sydney wrote.
"We know how graceful and wise he was. How powerful his strength of character and moral fortitude. But what I really want people to know is how GOOD he was," she continued.
"I know people know he was good, but I don't think they know the depth of his goodness. That it permeated every cell of his being. The sort of goodness that prevented him from killing even the tiniest of bugs," Sydney wrote.
"He knew on a cellular level that if he hurt anyone or anything, he hurt everyone and everything," she continued, explaining that her dad "treated anyone who crossed his path as his equal and offered them his full presence."
Sydney wrote that she's not only grieving because she lost her dad, but also because "the world lost so much goodness," comparing the Lilies of the Field actor to a lighthouse: "Warm and bright. No matter the storms whipping around him, he stood unwavering shining his light."
"We thought we were taking care of him. I see now that the truth is he was still taking care of us," she added, describing his last few years.
"He was reminding us, particularly in these uncertain times, of the power of GOODNESS. That even when the body is fading and things seem to be falling apart around us, the goodness remains."
Not only was Sidney the first Black man to receive an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the 1963 film Lilies of the Field, he was a true trailblazer who paved the way for a myriad of actors in the industry.
Thanks to his impressive, decades-long career in Hollywood, the To Sir, with Love star received BAFTA's lifetime achievement award in 2016. "My wife and children mean the most to me," Poitier told PEOPLE after accepting the honor.