One month, 31 days, some 245 hours since he took his last breath and drifted away.
And even though those last months and days were pretty tough on him, he remained stoic and conscious of us all to the end.
What a champion.
Heres some things about my Dad:
He cooked the best roast pork and crackling on the planet - no question!
He could feed the neighbourhood and one more to dinner was never a problem. No-one went hungry in our house and there was always a place at the table, and a bed if you needed it.
He thought he could sing like Elvis Presley, and loved to tinker on a guitar even though he didn't know that many notes.
He could fix almost anything and would spend hours tinkering in the garage on cars. Right up till weeks before he died Dad was still my 'go to' person for any DIYQuestions. He knew all about our current renovation and gave me lots of advice. I hate that he won't see the finished result.
He worked multiple jobs to give us everything, we never missed out on anything, played all sorts of sports, went on all sorts of trips, had all the right clothes and gear to keep up with all the other kids. It's only now that I have my own family that I have some small understanding of the sacrifices Mum and Dad both made so we could have everything.
He loved being a Grandad. And his grandkids all adored him. Without question. My boy talks about his 'Grandy' all the time and I hate that Dad won't be around to see him grow up but he will,always know who his Grandad is, and he always know how much he loved him.
He adored Mum. No question. Loved up till the end - how great is that?!
I miss you Dad. I will miss you every day, every single day.
And I know that I didn't say it enough, but you were/are the best father ever.
I love you
Photos of Dad - wedding day, dad & the monkey, family, grand kids, hanging with Grandy