131. Dad

by Jarvo Laysell March. 27, 2009 6686 views

If he was still around, my Dad would have been 86 today.
He taught me a lot, made me laugh and was very skilled at making things.

Having older parents does have its compensations, but the downside is you don't have so long to enjoy their company.

There are lots of things I've inherited from my Dad, unfortunately a decent photograph isn't one of them, so here are a few blurry snaps together with some pictures of things that were once his.

With Mum (1950s?)

With me (1965?)

With Mum at my wedding (1990)

He was a hero to me, but in more than just the “he went to sea to fight the nazis” sort of way.

His sailors whistle.

His crib board, I think he probably made this. He also taught me to play.

His Put and Take - essential kit for a gambler on a ship.

I used to hate him smoking, but it does mean he's left his mark on the table and I like that.

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Susan 8 years, 6 months ago

Lovely photos and tribute. I like the crib board and put and take - wonder what kind of stories they could tell?

8 years, 6 months ago Edited
Zseezsee 8 years, 6 months ago

Kind idea, good pics

8 years, 6 months ago Edited
Gillian 8 years, 6 months ago

You certainly have a lot of fond memories of your father.

8 years, 6 months ago Edited
Péter Somogyvári 8 years, 6 months ago

Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing!

8 years, 6 months ago Edited
Nadoune 8 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful shots !!!

8 years, 6 months ago Edited
Ricardo 8 years, 6 months ago

am sorry for you dont have your father here... :(
you did a great homenage here!

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Mehdi Saharkhiz 8 years, 7 months ago

Great set, great story

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Carole Gledhill 8 years, 7 months ago

Lovely post I don't understand the last one. What did he smoke? Is it the dark marks that he left and how?
Never seen or even heard of a put and take

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Brian 8 years, 7 months ago

This is a wonderful post. Great images all. Thank you very much for sharing.

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jet28 8 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful tribute - what beautiful memories :-)

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Sandra Vermeulen 8 years, 7 months ago

Yes, this is a moving most....and a sweet tribute to your dad!
Thanks for sharing. :o)

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 8 years, 7 months ago

This is a very moving post. Thank you

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gonia 8 years, 7 months ago

nothing to be add! great tribute!I'm happy to see all these pictures and I'm sure your Father is watching them as well.

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Susan Jane 8 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful set. The whistle is an incredible shot! great tribute

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 8 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful and heartfelt post - thanks for sharing your dad's life with us.
My dad was in the U.S. Navy in WWII - I believe he felt it was the proudest time of his life.
A beautiful tribute, Jon - well done.

8 years, 7 months ago Edited
Betty 8 years, 7 months ago

Wonderful tribute...you have shared some wonderful memories that are very special.

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