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Some of you will be aware that I've just spent an incredible long weekend at a wedding with Fiona and a bunch of French mates in Lithuania - 360km west of Vilnius to be precise, in a place which barely warrants being named on a map. Indeed, getting a mobile signal proved to be a task in itself.

The weather was a bowel-loosening 35 degrees C (95'F in old money), there was no AC (anywhere), the shower worked only intermittently, my hire car broke down just as we were travelling back to the airport to come home (mind you, wouldn't you give up the ghost after having done nigh-on 300,000 kilometres?) and certain parts of the three-day event resembled (to a worrying degree) key scenes from the 1973 film, 'The Wicker Man'.

All, yes all, of this I would have borne gladly and without chagrin when taken against the SMS I received (once I'd found an electricity outlet to charge my phone) from my [non-identical] twin brother, Patrick, on Sunday telling me "I know you're away, but just to let you know, Dad not good..."

He'd actually sent the SMS the night before, when the rest of the family had been keeping vigil in shifts at Dad's hospital bedside, but I'd been hip-deep in some of the most amazing and never-before-experienced goings-on in the Lithuanian boondocks.

So, having seen that I'd received said SMS, I wandered off to where I'd parked my car to see if I could get a signal to call Pat. Lithuania is Zulu +2, and I called him at approx 16.00 hrs local time - meaning it was roughly 14.00 hrs in UK.

Pat thanked me for calling and very gently told me that Dad died at approx. 11.45 hrs on Sunday. He hadn't regained consciousness from the night before, his breathing became laboured as his organ began to close down - something they'd probably been doing for days, and then there was no BP. Luckily, one of my other brothers, Chris, and one of my sisters, Tricia, were with him when he went. It was peaceful and without pain.

Now struggling with my composure, I asked some perfunctory questions along the lines of whether everyone else was "all right" (the fucking dumb things you ask at times like this), thanked Pat for the news and said I'd see him and the rest of the family when I got home.

Then, after ending the call I just sat in the car and sobbed for a while.

I shall miss my Dad terribly - he was an incredibly kind man, always willing to give me a place to stay whenever I turned up from places unspecified in the far-flung at short notice over the years. A loving man, who in turn was loved deeply by his eight children and my Mum, Teresa.

Dad was born on 17th July, 1922. Mum and Dad married in 1951, Dad was with the 8th Army in North Africa, Sicily and Italy during the War and wouldn't be here today (at least until last Sunday) if it weren't for a US Army field hospital - a debt I can never repay to the Americans who saved his life.

If I can ever be half the man he was, I'll be a damned lucky man.

RIP Dad - at least the pain's stopped. I'll miss you terribly - always.




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Very sorry to hear this, Bren.

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Very sorry to hear this, Bren.


Very kind of you Phase mate, thanks - just edited the above post to add a pic.

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Oh Bren, I can't begin to tell you how very sad I am to read this. I am so sorry. You have my most sincere condolences.

Your dad sounds like a truly wonderful man. May you find comfort in your memories of him. He's gone from your sight now, but never from your heart.

With Deepest Sympathy,

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I hadn't realised that your dad was one of Mrs. Astor's D-Day Dodgers.  

Naples and Casino were taken in our stride,
We didn't go to fight there, we  went just for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro were just names,
We only went to look for dames,
We are the D-Day Dodgers way out in Italy,


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Pam wrote:
Oh Bren, I can't begin to tell you how very sad I am to read this. I am so sorry. You have my most sincere condolences.

Your dad sounds like a truly wonderful man. May you find comfort in your memories of him. He's gone from your sight now, but never from your heart.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Pam



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I hadn't realised that your dad was one of Mrs. Astor's D-Day Dodgers. †

Naples and Casino were taken in our stride,
We didn't go to fight there, we †went just for the ride.
Anzio and Sangro were just names,
We only went to look for dames,
We are the D-Day Dodgers way out in Italy,


RIP


Thanks Pam and Ian: both messages warmly received. I've just come off the phone to my sister, Moira, in Australia - she's now coming over with her daughter for the funeral next week (Wednesday) - Lou, Moira's now moved to Byron Bay (God's own country, as you know) and Ellie, her daughter, is still up in the hills in Leura - they're meeting at Sydney airport.

You can't write comedy like this, but speaking to my mum today from Prague airport, whilst waiting from my transit flight home, Moston Cemetery [where my Dad's going to share a family plot] can only manage two burials a day due to the lack of staff - hence the date of Wednesday next week as the burial date, and my Dad dying last Sunday. My Mum wasn't bent out of shape about it so I can't be - we are where we are. We've family coming from all seven corners of the globe so we can't complain.


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Bren,
    I am very sorry to hear about your father. My prayers are with you, your father and your family.

My father (83) has  spent the past 12 days in the hospital recovering from major back surgery. Although he is doing fine now, I have found myself wondering often over the past few weeks, what I would do if I were to lose him....

I can't imagine your pain.....Peace to you and everyone that is mourning his loss ......

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Dear Bren, I have just seen this sad news. You are in my thoughts. Your dad sounds like he was a terrific guy - and he still looks a bit cheeky in that photo too.

As for the funeral comedy, you may remember my own experience last year with my father's funeral. I think at these times some whacky things happen to remind us that we are human after all. And in a way the delay is good so your sister and niece and other rellies can make the funeral.

Take care hon. xxxx

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I am sorry for your loss Bren. Your Dad looked like he was a very jolly chap from the photo.

You have comfort in the fact he was so loved, which doesn't seem the case from my other post regarding Alex Higgins.

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Patrick, Lou and Peter - appreciate the kinds words and sentiments - very warmly received.


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