Wednesday, 25 February 2009

My Wonderful Dad

I wanted to let everyone know why I haven't been blogging for ages.
At the end of January my dad was taken into a hospice - to begin with it was just meant to be for a few days as they needed to access his medication (for prostrate cancer). However on 11th February he passed away.
My dad was a wonderful man and we will miss him so much.

4th April 1925 - 11th February 2009 

This photo was taken a few weeks before he died (he was in quite a bit of pain at the time but he still had a smile for us).  The photo below was taken when he was 17 years old - not long before he joined the Navy in the second world war.

We (myself, my 3 sisters and 1 brother) were all with him at his bedside for the last 48 hours before he died. I found this poem on the internet which was so fitting - it was read at his funeral on Monday.

The Best

God saw you getting tired,

And a cure was not to be,

So He put His arms around you

And whispered “Come to Me”.

With tearful eyes we watched you,

and saw you pass away.

Although we loved you dearly,

We could not make you stay.

A Golden Heart stopped beating,

Hard working hands to rest,

God broke our hearts to prove to us,

He only takes the best.

Rest in peace sweetheart. 
xxxx Karen


Crafty Chris said...

I am so sorry to hear that Karen, my deepest sympathy to you and your family, I know how you feel it is heartbreaking that you don't see them anymore but like me I am sure you have great memories they always stay with you, When I lost my Father I also lost my mother in law 6 weeks later so we had a double tragedy.
The poem is lovely. Take Care Christine

craftimamma said...

My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. What a handsome man your Dad was and he will always be held safe in your hearts.

The lovely poem brought tears to my eyes. Best Wishes.


Anonymous said...

My deepest heartfelt sympathies to your and your family.

Jaqi said...

A beautiful moving post, the poem is lovely and just perfect. Its lovely that you could all be there with him at the end.
Your Dad was a handsome man, and Im so sorry that he passed away.
The photos are wonderful, im sure you will treasure them.
Look after yourself and allow yourself some time to recharge.
Thinking of you, Jaqi x

Dawn said...

Karen I am so sorry to hear the sad news.

Thinking of you..


Denise said...

A beautiful poem Karen. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kristen Hermanny said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Karen. I hope you find comfort during this very difficult time. I don't think anything can prepare us for this event, I know I am not ready.
Your dad was a very handsome man. In youth and in age. You got to enjoy him for many years!

hugz. and luv!

Linda said...

I have been thinking about you Karen and hoping that you and your family are ok. It is such sad news, but how wonderful that he had such a long life with a loving family.
Big hugs
Linda xoxo

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

So sorry to hear your sad news. He looked a kind hearted man. Passed his striking looks onto his daughter too I see.

Beautiful poem.

Take care x

Glitter Monkey said...

Such sad news Karen - I am so sorry for your loss. It's a terrible pain and a huge hole they leave behind. Beautiful poem. Lol Lynn ♥

kjjc said...

so sorry Karen thinking of you and your family.

Clarky J said...

So sorry to hear your news but what a handsome chap your dad was! The poem is very moving x I lost my Dad in 1994 and still miss him loads - it does get easier then the happy times are what you remember most x Big hugs x

Andrea said...

Karen so sorry to hear of your loss, my heart goes out to you having lost my dad 19 years ago, we always expect our parents to be with us forever, remember all the great times with your dad and you will always smile, take care and lots of love xx

Minx said...

Aw so sorry to hear your sad news babes, big hugs for you and the family xx

Caroline and Jayne said...

sorry to hear your sad news , The photos new and old are fab though & a great way to show how proud you were of your dad.

Marina said...

My heart goes out to you Karen....
Many hugs,
Marina x

Anonymous said...

Karen, I am so sorry to hear this...I've not been keeping up with blogs recently and am just catching up but wanted to offer my condolences. Your dad has the face of a kind soul, just as you do and you're in my thoughts xxx

pammyjo said...

I haven't been buzzing around blogland for a while either. I'm so so sorry for your loss. I hope you find your way back to us. Miss ya! Remembering you in my prayers. :)