With great sadness, but at the same time great thankfulness, we farewelled my dear father last Thursday.
My mother, sister, brothers and I have felt wonderfully surrounded by the love, prayers and kind thoughts of good friends and family. Thank you all so much. At the thanksgiving service my brother did a beautiful job of summarising our father’s life in just ten minutes, and for those of you who knew Daddy, or who would like to read about the kind of man he was, I’ve posted this eulogy here on his tribute page.
Most of all we’ve known the certainty of our loving God’s tender care for us, and I’m convinced it was no accident that Daddy breathed his last only hours before my mother was to have taken him home from respite care to resume the loving, selfless task of caring for him – a task that could well have proved too much for her.
You were an honest man, a funny man, a clever man, a humble man, a loving generous family man... a GENTLEMAN.
We love you and we will miss you but we rest in the knowledge that we will see you again in a better place.
You have run an amazing race, and you have kept the faith. Now its time for you to know in full the rest, joy and peace of God.