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An Officer and a Gentleman

My darling daddy returned to the Lord on 19 April 2016 at the age of 93. It will be two months since that fateful day, on 19 June 2016 – which coincidentally happens to be Father’s Day.

Every year, I used to create a card for him – one that he would print out and proudly display for all to see at home.  This year, thinking about how to honour him on this day dedicated to Fathers, has brought only sadness at our permanent loss.

Realising that dad would want us to focus on the good times and move forward on a positive note….I decided to highlight his last request for a creative job to me, “Darling Girl, can you please touch up this black and white photo and enlarge it so I can print and frame it?

The photo was taken around the late 60’s or early 70’s – it was his pride and joy and was safely tucked into his wallet for all these years. Each time he opened his wallet, and if someone had caught a glimpse of it and asked to see it, he would proudly show the creased and crumpled but treasured photo of him in a Police mess kit posing with mum.

After several months, I finally got around to touching it up with Photoshop in March 2016.  He was over the moon about the touched up version and promptly printed it out in a variety of sizes (he used to joke – “please do not print more than 1,000 copies”) for mum, himself and for display. By that time, he spent less and less time at his computer and printer so it could well have been his last print and frame project. My only regret was that I had not met his request earlier, as it brought such a brilliant smile to his drawn but still handsome face.

We had a private joke between us that we ran a ‘Lee & Lee Publishing House’ as dad loved to print and bind or frame my creative works (as well as other articles of interest, prayers, health or recipes – for friends and family.)

To all who knew him, my father is fondly remembered in many different ways, but above all, he will always be remembered as ‘an officer (Police) and a gentleman’. To the family, he was our everything and lovingly remains and lives on in our hearts and minds.

Dear God, please wish our darling daddy a Happy Father’s Day and tell him that we miss and love him dearly…although we know he is in a better place with you. Thank you for choosing him as our Father here in this earthly life.

 

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