Category Archives: Father

World Cancer Day

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Thursday 4th February

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Happy birthday Hank
You would be 89 today
Miss you x
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February the Fourth
World Cancer Day
Striking our family
In the worst kind of way
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Hank 4.2.1932 – 5.10.2009 Pancreatic Cancer
Frank 18.1.1985 – 12.3.2015 Testicular Cancer
Me Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

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Thinking of you Hank: father gone too soon

Thinking of you sweetie darling Angel son

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xxxxx

Porthmeor Beach

With many surfers

My father Hank

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Monday 5th October.Remembering my father Hank.

4.2.1932 – 5.10.2009

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We didn’t know

We were making memoriesWe just thoughtWe were having fun.

An RAF fighter jet pilot, sailor, skiier, swimmer, water polo player, golfer, orator, cook, writer, sommelier, World traveller, painter, actor, model….

A little more about my father…..

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Eleven years ago today

Pancreatic cancer

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Frank and Hank

My son My father

Fly free

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Hank and I

Father and Mother

Hank and I

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Father’s Day

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Sunday 16th June

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Happy Father’s Day

To my Dad

Who didn’t want to be called

Daddy, Dad, Father, Pops

So, Hank it was

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Happy Father’s Day

To my husband

Who has always been

Daddy, Dad, Father, Pops

Your sons love you lots

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Frank and Luke

Our boys forever

A loving family

Always together

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xxx

My father and I

Hank and I

Gary with Frank and Luke in Australia

Gary and Luke

Gary and Frank

Pride

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Sunday 4th February

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Even though I feel alone

You are always by my side

I know you’re walking with me

You will always be my guide

The love you placed within my heart

Makes me think of you with pride

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Love you forever

My Angel son

Forget you never

My Angel father

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My father Hank. Today would have been his birthday. Pancreatic cancer took him in 2009

Last year’s post …

Post from 2016…

Remembering

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Thursday 5th October

   

Remembering my father Hank.

   
4.2.1932 – 5.10.2009

     
“If there is another world, he lives in bliss

If not another, he made the most of this”

      

An RAF fighter jet pilot, sailor, skiier, swimmer, water polo player, golfer, orator, cook, writer, sommelier, painter, actor, model….

A little more about my father…..

    

Eight years ago today.

Pancreatic cancer.

     

Frank and Hank

My son     My father

Fly free

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Happy birthday Hank

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Saturday 4th February
  

Happy birthday to my father

A life well-lived and so fast-paced

He would be eighty five today

Always fun, never straight-laced.

  

And on World Cancer Day…………

My father ~ Pancreatic Cancer

My son ~ Testicular Cancer

Me ~ Metastatic Malignant Melanoma

   

Missing you my Angel father Hank

Missing you my Angel son Frank.

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Hank and I. August 2008

Hank and Prince Charles

4.2.1932  –  5.10.2009

Remembering when we were in Scotland and HRH Prince Charles was taken on a two hour, supersonic flying sortie with Hank in a Phantom fighter-bomber. The flight included an air-to-air refuelling exercise with a Victor tanker, taking on 1200 gallons of fuel. They flew as high as 40,000 feet and as low as 1000 feet, making a pass over Balmoral, (reported at the time, as an ‘extrovert flourish’).

Hank and his three children ~ me, my sister and brother ~ early 70’s 

Hank and my mum. Receiving the bar to his AFC

Phantoms over Scotland

Dad’s birthday

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Friday 14th October
  

Today is Dad’s birthday, and I’m sure you would have wished him a Happy Birthday in your own cheeky and mischievous way.

We missed you being here today; celebrating birthdays is really not the same anymore. It’s all a bit low key now. Rather muted and quite sombre. Almost as if you’re not allowed to smile and have fun. I know it shouldn’t be that way, and you certainly wouldn’t want it like that, but it just seems disrespectful, or unnerving somehow, to ‘celebrate’, knowing you’re not here to join in.

Thinking of you always.

Missing you like crazy.

Love you forever.

Beloved Angel son.

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Dad, your brother and you. Australia 1990

You, your brother and Dad, climbing trees in our garden. Australia 1991

You and Dad, on your 7th birthday. Merimbula, NSW.

Father

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Wednesday 5th October

  
Seven years ago today, my father passed away from pancreatic cancer.

Here is a little of his story that I wrote last year.

My post from a year ago

Hank was a big part of our lives every summer when we visited America and the islands, and stayed on his yacht. Starting in 1994 when we went to Bermuda, to Tobago, the Virgin Islands, the Keys, through to 2009 (when he passed away) in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; we always had great adventures.

I hope you and your grandfather meet up for a laugh, a hug, and a long chat about all the good times you spent together.

Frank and Hank.

My son and my father.

Miss you both.

Love you forever.

xxxxxx

Low tide in the harbour this afternoon

High flight

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Thursday 4th February

Today would have been my father’s eighty fourth birthday.
He succumbed to pancreatic cancer in October 2009.
He was a fighter pilot and flew many different aircraft, all over the world.

The poem, High Flight, by John Gillespie Magee, an American, serving with the RCAF, flying spitfires in WWII, seems a very apt and appropriate tribute to my father.

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My father, flying the lightning in the foreground, for 56 squadron

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My father visiting the Canadian RAF, in front of a starfighter

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My father bringing the fleeing Shah of Persia to England in an English Electric Lightning

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My father, in front of his F4 phantom

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Phantoms, 43 squadron in formation

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My father, in his phantom, shadowing a Russian 'bear'

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My father with members of the Blue Angels aerobatic team

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My father, teaching Prince Charles to fly the phantom

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56 squadron in Cyprus. My father exiting his lightning

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My father, on board his yacht Rum Raisin

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Hank n Frank, Tobago, 2002

In the last picture, here you are with your grandfather Hank.
(He disliked the names of Dad, Daddy, Father, Grandfather; so everyone called him Hank.)
We had so many wonderful sailing adventures with him on board his yachts.

Give each other a hug.

Miss you, my Angel father, Hank.
Love you, my Angel son, Frank.

Flying high together.

xxx xxx

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Dad’s birthday

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Wednesday 14th October

Another first…….
Dad’s first birthday without you being here.
Without your card, or morning birthday greetings.
Dad missed you a lot today.
It was so quiet without you.

We remember so many good times together.

Dearest Angel son.
We grow older, and you remain forever thirty years old.
Just wish it wasn’t so.

Love you forever.
xxxxx

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You and Dad. Bahia Honda State Park, The Keys

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You and Dad. Universal Studios

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You and Dad. Seuss Landing, Universal

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You and Dad. Hawaiian Luau, Sea World

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You and Dad. Aquatica

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You and Dad. Busch Gardens

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You and Dad. Christmas Eve, Disney World

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You and Dad. Hilton Head Island

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You and Dad this morning

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Dad and I this afternoon