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General News · 20th December 2013
My Dad died yesterday at the grand age of 96 years. He was a man of tremendous energy and drive and a man of considerable intelligence and talent.
He could have developed his artistic skills inherited from his mother Isobel and shared by his sister Verity....He could have tapped into his innate musical skills shared by quite a few of us, notably his nephew Roger, his granddaughter Hannah and a number of his great grandchildren who are showing promise... He could have written books...... He chose to do other things.
For most of his life he was a man’s man, rather than a family man, though there are many good times to look back upon,and this we have done together in recent years. He was a man who ‘grew’, and by his middle years he had become the grandfather who provided idyllic farm holidays with plenty of Pony Club opportunities. By his twilight years he had mellowed much further, and had come to value his family. He had nothing but good to say about the friends surrounding him on Cortes, and for his wife Trude, whom he adored.
Following his nothing short of miraculous recovery from heart failure and surgery for kidney cancer when he was a mere 80-something, we visited him from the UK to take him up on his offer to take us out in his boat. (We never believed this was going to happen, so were hoodwinked into visiting him twice in the same year!) Whatever inspired the dolphins to join us in the Gorge I will never know! Please see attachment!
Dad & I were in frequent touch by telephone, and asked how he was, he always replied ‘Useless, but happy’. He said, ‘I have come to understand, somewhat late in life, that it is my job to make those around me as happy as I can’.
Dear islanders, I hope he achieved this!
And at the end of every phone-call, I always got, ‘Well goodbye, my dear, and God Bless!’
Goodbye Dad, and God Bless, from your daughter Terry X