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131. Dad

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

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

      2009.04.02 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

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

      2009.03.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Carole Gledhill

      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

      2009.03.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Brian

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

      2009.03.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gonia

      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.

      2009.03.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      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.

      2009.03.27 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Betty

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

      2009.03.27 Edited Reply Cancel