Monday, October 18, 2010

In the midst of life

With great sadness, but at the same time great thankfulness, we farewelled my dear father last Thursday.

Daddy's passing

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.IMG_3995 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.Bubs 58th birthday 053 dad  1989

Bubs 58th birthday 051 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.

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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.


  1. Di, they are beautiful words. Love and hugs

  2. What a wonderful tribute to an obviously much loved man. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. The eulogy is beautiful, Di. Your brother painted a wonderful picture of the gentle-man who was your Dad. I am certain I would have liked him. My prayers continue to be with you and your Mum, as you handle the paperwork and changes in your lives right now. Blessings and blessings.

  4. Hello Di, I read your Poppa's tribute and as a science major I was fascinated by his thesis...I will never think of sap the same way. Although I did not know your DAD, my FIL in law was also a chemist actually a Pharmacist-- and they both looked very much alike. Uncanny actually. We bid him farewell just a short time ago. And how I miss him. But like you I am grateful for the lessons, the wisdom he passed on to me, the desire to let you know how every moment just matters. I am sew pleased you have popped into my world and I just know this relationship will keep on budding...I think I am very thankful for this moment right now, I believe two "gentlemen" had a hand in this..if you believe in that sort of thing. From a tender heart I bid you peace and blessings madame samm

  5. I felt the same way when my dad died. I was daddy's little girl. What a lovely tribute to your dad. I read a piece of The Velveteen Rabbit for my dad as a eulogy, as he read it to me so many times.
    Glad we found each other.


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