It was a truly beautiful sight, the horse drawn hearse pulled up at Mam and Dads house and yes I know we are supposed to stay inside untill we are ready to leave but I couldn't.
I felt an overwhelming warm feeling of pride for my Dad when I saw it, I just had to open the door.
Dad would have been elated.
I don't know how I got through but I stood up in church and read out a tribute to my Dad which I had wrote.
I am adding it here so you can know a little bit more about the Man he was.
My Dad, known to his friends and family as Jack made me who I am
today, he gave me love and inspiration in all that I have ever
I often found myself saying that Dad had no TACT he was a
plain talker who was quick to say what he thought and if you were easily
offended then you shouldn’t visit him.
Yet this straight talking would really
make me giggle as I found it so funny, none of it was said with malice and in
fact if Dad thought for one moment that he had offended or hurt anyone he would
He had a heart the size of a bin lid and a true Pitman’s humour.
In Dads later years he would get
so frustrated at not being able to manage to do the things that once came easy
to him yet this wouldn’t stop him trying.
I remember visiting only
to find him doing some woodwork in the front living room whilst Mam was resting
I gasped in disbelief at the wood shavings as far as the eye could
see and saying “you will be in trouble when Mam see’s this”
His reply was
simple, saying “but it’s freezing
Another time Dad brought something inside
that he needed to cut. Carefully using a Stanley knife he cut not only the job
that he was working on but he also cut through the living room
“Once again in trouble with Mam”
But for all of
this we loved him and he always got away with it, luckily my Mam always saw the
I am going to miss my Dad dreadfully, the laughs the
tears and the larger than life character who was not only a Father but also a
So through all of my tears I will still smile when I
think of him and feel proud that I was a big part in his life.