Dear Dad

Hello everyone

It is with sadness this week that I let you know that my dear Dad passed away on Tuesday night the 17th March, aged 84 years, after a long struggle for the last two years. It is a great comfort to me that during this time we were able to care for him in his own home amongst family and familiar surroundings. I am relieved that his suffering is at last over and he is now in a peaceful, happy place with those who have gone before him.

My Dad’s presence on this earth will be remembered by many for his achievements in the farming industry in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) his thoughtful, kind and gentle nature and above all his wonderful sense of humour. His beautiful qualities will remain with us forever and have touched the lives of so many. We received a letter yesterday from a farming neighbour who said” What he did in this life will never be repeated on this continent”.

My Dad has a very special place in my heart, he was someone I could always turn to no matter what the circumstances. I am left with many happy memories of my childhood on the farm and was fortunate to have the time to tell him how much I loved him, to thank him for everything and say goodbye before he passed.

Dads 70th birthday with my Mum, his daughters and grandchildren

I will be closing the shop for a while to be with my family during this difficult time, but the Digital patterns will still be available for sale.

This is the perfect time to take up your embroidery and focus on things more bright and beautiful. Till next time wherever you are in the world, keep smiling and happy stitching.


101 thoughts on “Dear Dad”

  1. So sorry Trish to hear of your dad’s passing. My condolences to your family & loved ones. May he rest in peace.

  2. Dear Trish,
    I’m so sorry that you’ve lost your father. I know that it’s a very difficult time for you and I pray that you’ll find peace. Kathleen

  3. Condolences to you and your family I am glad that you have such happy memories Best regards Bev Tully

  4. Treasure all of your lovely memories and special moments and look after you and your family. Thinking of you x

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss, but glad to hear that this beautiful man was surrounded by you all as he left.
    Warmest wishes

  6. Hi Trish, my deepest condolences on loosing your dad. God be with you and your family. Take care

  7. Thank you for all your heartfelt comments and messages I am unable to reply to each of you individually, but please know it means the world to me. Trish xxx

  8. I am so sorry for you and your family with the loss of your dear Father. Reading your story, he will be greatly missed by so very many people.
    Memories of his lifetime are worth more than gold.

  9. Dear Trish, Thinking of you at this sad time. It is indeed comforting to have wonderful memories of the joy of living with a wonderful dad. Best wishes Jill Roberts

  10. So glad you had the time to tell your dad good bye! Be with your family, talk laugh, remember the fun times and hear all the stories, most of all allow yourself time to grieve! We will be here. You are in my prayers.

  11. So very sorry, Trish. I am praying for you and family. Also for your Mum.
    Much love and hugs.

  12. My heart is with you at this very sad time, but, so glad to hear you have such lovely memories. I was close to my father and 6 years later he is still very close to me.

  13. Thinking of you at this time. My father passed away three years ago, March 15th. It sounds like you have lots of fond memories to help you through this time of loss. He sounds like a wonderful human being.

  14. Good for you. Your father sounds like he was a wonderful human being. My dad passed away three years ago on March 15th at the age of 96. Remembering the good times certainly helps to relieve the loss and the knowing that they are no longer suffering. Thinking of you at this time.

  15. Dear Trish and family – I am sad for your sake. Thinking of you and praying for continued peace and strength. Take care.

  16. I am so sorry to read about the loss of your beloved father. Please know that I am sending prayers to you and your family during your time of sorrow and pray that the good Lord will bring you all comfort in the times when it is most difficult for you all.

  17. Trish, my thoughts and prayers are with you and yours during this difficult time. The good memories will carry you through.

  18. So very sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you at this time. I am sure he was so proud of his beautiful family and Trish, his talented daughter.

  19. Trish, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. He sounded like a very special person who leaves the earth much sadder because he is gone. It certainly sounds as if you have a lot of good memories to comfort you. Thoughts and prayers sent your way.

  20. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad, but I am happy to hear that you were able to have your Dad in your life for so many wonderful years and until the end. I know how important this must be for your family, as I was as fortunate to have my loving and caring Dad in our family until his 89th birthday. After your initial grief, I pray you will think of him often and smile.
    May God Bless your family,

  21. So sorry for your lost, may the times help you and your family to turn sadness in sweet memory

  22. Dear Trish,

    My sincere condolences for you and your family. What a wonderful man your Father was and such fabulous memories you have of him. Thankfully you were able to spend time with him near his end and to make him comfortable. Thank you for sharing these with us.

    I too had a wonderful Father who affected many peoples lives and though he passed 24 years ago, I still have people coming up to me telling me how Daddy changed their lives for the better. So I remember all the memories I have of him and you should do the same.

    Take care,

    Susan M. Knight

  23. Lots and lots of love to you, your Mum and the rest of your family. Loved your father so much. He truly was a wonderful man. Have managed to speak to Belinda and Linda. Please give your Mum an ultra huge hug from me. Love you loads xxxx

  24. What a wonderful blessing to have shared your life with such a beautiful person as your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may your memories comfort you in the days to come.
    Warmest regards

  25. I am so sorry for your loss. It leaves a big hole in your heart. Remembering the good times helps.

  26. Sorry for your loss to you and your family. He sounds like a wonderful father/human being. With my deepest respect, Mary.

  27. Jacqui Smith
    Trish, just letting you know that you’re not alone. I too lost my father on New Years Eve. At least he was 95 and had enjoyed the life he wanted, totally independently until May last year when he contracted sepsis – a terrible disease, but one he fought and ‘won’ although he never walked again and became slightly confused. It is a huge loss but one that has left wonderful memories to smile at and share.
    I will be thinking of you.

  28. I am so very sorry. He sounds like a very kind hearted man. Many prayers for you and your family. Tammy

  29. Thanks for sharing some of your dad’s life story, what a remarkable person and legacy he has left behind. Prayers and peace to him and your family. God bless

  30. So sorry for your loss. What a wonderful dad you had. He will still be in your heart.
    with sympathy
    Christine, CA, USA

  31. So sorry you’ve lost your dad. He must have been an exceptional person and father. Praying for comfort and to retain all the memories that make you smile.

  32. Trish we are thinking of you in this time of grief. May Our Heavenly Father comfort you and your family in this time. So wonderful to know that you had a good relationship with your dad.
    Kind Regards

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