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It’s been 3 months since my last post. And my life has been turned on its head in those months, I barely recognise it as my own. On 28th September 2011, my dearest dad had a massive heart attack and passed on in his sleep. It was a thunder bolt out of the blue. My mum, brother and I are reeling. Three months have passed and I still wonder if it is real. Is he really gone? Can he really be dead? Surely not MY dad……

My dad was the most amazing man. He overcame many afflictions, and while we had a rocky start to our relationship, the last 10 years with him have been amazing. He has been a father par excellence. In the last 10 years he has been the kind of father who would drop everything for his children. His life has revolved around his wife, his children, his home. He was known for his quiet, caring nature, his humility, his love, his kindness, his quick smile and his emaculate sense of dress. My dad taught in the same school for 41 years and four months until his retirement at aged 65 in April this year. In the days following his death, I have spoken to so many of his ex-pupils who expressed their love for him and their utter shock at his death. My dad was counting the days until my mum’s retirement which would have been effective as of 01 December.

I am beset with regrets. I wish I had hugged him at our last parting, instead of the quick wave goodbye. I wished I could tell him one last time how much I love him, how much I respect him and how proud I am of him. I wish I could have just a little more time with him. And I wish, with every fibre of my being that I was able to give him the joy of being a grandfather…..something he was very much looking forward to.

I miss you daddy. And I love you so much. I wish we had more time together. I look forward to the day we meet again. I still seek your love and guidance.

Rest In Peace My Dearest Daddy

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