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In memory

In loving and happy memory of my dad, who passed away 8 years ago today.
An honest, and straight talking man who often worked 16 hour shifts to feed and clothe us pesky kids, he always placed effort, kindness, and generosity as the guiding values to live by.
He taught me to consider always 'what is the good thing to do?' while inspiring my absolute self belief and determination in life.
If I ever get to be half the man he was I'll die happy.

...and if it turns out I was wrong, and there's some kind of afterlife where everybody gets to meet up again, I will make sure it involves a pint and a game of pool with my lovely dad Wink

6 blog comments below

You father seemed to be a great person, watersoul! And I feel you keep a good part of him alive in yourself. Smile
Vanilla on Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:22 pm
Ah, thank you Vanilla.
I am of course biased in my opinions but I am grateful to my father for his teachings about how we should all treat each other.
I would also like to say that if anyone reading this has any loose ends which need to be tied up with any loved ones then do it while you can, before you can't.

I said goodbye to my dad with everything we needed to say having already been said, but there are other people who have walked a path in life with me, now gone, and I never got the chance to do the same.
I say if you love someone, tell them... we never know how many chances we'll get.
watersoul on Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:50 pm
Cheers to your memories, man. It's a shame you lost him.
Ankhanu on Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:17 pm
I wish my dad was even a quarter of the man your Dad was. Good you have fond memories.
standready on Sat Apr 27, 2013 9:57 pm
Cheers guys, that old cliche about time healing sadness is true of course, but this time of year always brings back memories. The Frihost birthday date has a different significance for me as I will always remember where I was back then in 2005.

I'm sorry to hear about your relationship with your dad standready.
Me and my dad didn't speak or see each other for 7 years after I 'ran away' from home as a messed up 16 year old. We made up after my own son was born, and one day over a pint and a game of pool in a bar back home he explained his side to me. He had been mostly angry with me for the pain I'd caused my mother when I disappeared for 8 months before making contact again. His words were along the lines of "You're my son and I'll always love you, but although 'mam' is your mother, you have to remember she's the woman I chose to be with and I won't let any man hurt her".
We had a moment that day and I respected his stance with a smile and a handshake, we both loved the same woman, but in very different ways.
Really hope you (and anyone reading this) get to say everything you might want to, while you still have a chance.
When they're gone, they're gone, and there ain't no rewind button in life unfortunately.
watersoul on Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:39 pm
He looks like an outdoors man. Love the background in his photo. Did you take the photo? That wave splashing is quite something.

Great that you could remember him in fondness, and had the opportunity to iron out differences.
deanhills on Sun Apr 28, 2013 6:09 pm

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