In honour of my Dad who recently passed away, I would like to share the eulogy I wrote and read at his funeral. I miss him dearly especially this weekend, being our first Father’s Day without him.
Happy Father’s Day Dad, until we meet again!
My father was a devoted husband, a kind friend and the best father any child could be blessed with. I know he will be dearly missed by all those who loved him including many nieces and nephews.
He was a devout Catholic man who relied heavily on his faith as he journeyed through life.
He was a proud grandfather to his only grandchild, my daughter Emily, introducing her to her first ice cream at 15 months old. We all know how much he loved his sweets, especially ice cream.
He was a talented man both in his career and his hobbies. As a pastry chef, he had the privilege of baking for many dignitaries including the Queen, Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Princess Diana. As children, we were envied for our elaborate birthday cakes. He was a skilled woodworker whose creations will be wonderful heirlooms for many generations to come.
He was a smart man, fixing anything in the house without the help of YouTube like we have today. He worked without fear of the house falling apart as a result of his handiwork. He taught himself how to use a computer at an age when most people had trouble understanding technology. He loved photography, especially of nature.
He loved to camp, Keji (a provincial park in NS), being his home away from home. I like to think that’s what his heaven looks like.
He had a guilty giggle when he knew he had done something wrong and a twinkle in his eye.
He was a kind and gentle man, even as age robbed him of his memories, his personality remained the same. The staff at Northwood, where he has lived for the last several years, all shared the same sentiment, that it was a privilege for them to have been involved in his care. I think that says a lot about a man who has left us with nothing but the fondest of memories.
Dad, we love you and there will not be a day that passes that we won’t miss you. Rest peacefully with Mom and your family by your side.