Dad passed away. It was on 11 June 2006 and he left at 3:30 in the morning, although the certificate from the hospital said 7:10. He left us from his own bed and he left peacefully, looking so relaxed. He had been talking to folks on the phone the night before and was looking forward to attending his grandson’s wedding the next weekend.
The funeral was the following Thursday, 15 June 2006 at Coffs Harbour and 60 people came. Many more sent their condolences and their regards. My father was well liked. He and mum have been living around the Macksville area for around 15 years now. I do not know of anyone who did not like my father.
Dad was a happy guy. I cannot remember dad being miserable for any length of time. Even when the doctor told him about his anuerism, a night’s sleep and the happy hormone took over and he carried on. He sometimes got grumpy, especially as he got older, but he generally always had a smile and a happy word.
He loved model trains. He bought his first railway layout for me. I was a small boy and had just had an eye operation and I was asked what I wanted. I replied “a trainset” A trainset was bought for me and after the first couple of weeks, it was then up to dad to play with it – and play with it he did, for the next 45 years. Half the area under the house was taken up with train layout.
The one thing that all of us who knew dad are left with is smiles. Smiles when we remember the things he said, the things he did or the way he said them. You’ll be missed dad, but missed always with a smile on our faces. Rest now and watch the trains pass.