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. Dear Trish, please accept my condolences (from a unknown to you fellow stitcher) for the loss of someone so dear to you and to many. The poignant tribute to your Dad you have shared with all of us conveys your love for him and your family. Sending good thoughts to you. Sincerely, Helen

  2. I am so sorry to hear about you Dad passing away. Deepest sympathy for you and your family. May God be with you and heal your heart.
    Kind regards
    Valmai Vorster

  3. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Enjoy your special time with family. Your memories of him will live forever. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful role model.

  4. With deepest sympathy for your loss. I have lost both my parents but they now live in my heart and memories. They are never far away from me

  5. What a wonderful tribute to your Dad. He has left beautiful imprints on this world and you are one of them. My condolences to you and your family!

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. And what a beautiful loving tribute you have written. It brought tears to my eyes. I do have a very special relationship with my father, and I miss him every day. Keep on creating and making beautiful things in this world just like he did to honor his memory.

  7. Dear Trish,
    Please accept my most sincere sympathy. Your Dad sounds like he was a super person, He has left you his gift, you have given joy to so many with your books, lessons, kits, blog, etc.
    Kind regards.

  8. Trishy, my dearest cousin, what a lovely tribute. The photos are wonderful. The angels are guiding your Dad home now. Much love, Linda.

  9. My sincere condolences. How wonderful for the family that you could spend so much time with him.
    Warm regards,

  10. So sorry for your loss. The loss of a parent is very painful and will take a lifetime to come to terms with! đź’•

  11. So sorry for your loss! May God give you the comfort you’ll need in the days to come.
    It’s never easy to lose someone you loved, but try to focus on all the good times you had together!”

  12. Bonjour de France,
    je vous envoie toutes mes sincères condolĂ©ances que son âme repose en paix auprès de ceux qui sont dĂ©jĂ  partis. Votre Papa restera malgrĂ© tout toujours près de vous et dans votre coeur et votre existence permettra de perpĂ©tuer sa prĂ©sence passĂ©e sur notre terre – Prenez soin de vous et de vos proches.
    Au regard de la photo de votre papa il semblait gĂ©nĂ©reux, aimant sa famille et tournĂ©e vers les autres –
    Toutes vos créations sont magnifiques et votre Père devait et sera encore fier de vous- Couage -Gros bisous brodés

  13. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. A father is some-one very special and I miss mine every day. Thinking of you and your family.

  14. Mes plus sincères condolĂ©ances. Mon père vient de fĂŞter ses 86 ans, il devient vulnĂ©rable et il est, Ă  part les enfants et mon mari, mon unique famille, aussi je ressens beaucoup de compassion et d’amour.
    Bon courage Ă  vous.

  15. So sorry hear about the loss of your beloved Dad. My deepest sympathy & heartfelt condolences go out to you & your family. May the Good Lord give you all the courage & strength to bear your loss. May his soul RIP.

  16. Good morning from Charleston SC USA. My deepest condolences at this time Trish! You are blessed to have your Dad with you so long and to be with him…
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Catherine Triplett

  17. Dear Trish,
    Deepest sympathy for your loss. It is so difficult to lose a beloved parent.
    May he rest in peace..

  18. Dear Trish, sorry for your loss. What nice memories you have of your father and how blessed you have been to be able to tell him how much you cared.
    Best regards

  19. So sorry to hear of your sad loss. It is wonderful though that you have so many happy treasured memories of him, and that he had such a positive impact on you.
    Best wishes,

  20. May God give you and your family the strength to bear this loss and may his soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences. God bless

  21. Dear Trish, I am very sorry for your loss and share in your anguish as I have lost both of my parents in recent months. This is a lovely tribute to your father, that shows how very much you loved him. Take care of yourself, my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

  22. Sincères condoléances et plein de pensées de courage pour les jours et semaines aveni

  23. Blessings and condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures and story about your father so we had a peek into the joy of his life, and for sharing your gifts and talent with so many. We are blessed by you both. Michelle

  24. Dear Trish. My sincere condolences go out to you and the family at this time. May his soul rest in peace and I pray for strength during the coming days as you come to terms with his passing. You will be in my thoughts as I continue to embroider your Miniature Needle Painting projects I am working on at the moment. With best wishes, Anne Beverley

  25. Dearest Trish, my sincere condolences to you and your family. It is not easy to loose a parent, having lost both my parents already. There will be days when something funny or important happened and your immediate thoughts would be, I must tell Dad. Tell him, even if his physical presence is no longer there. Remember there is not a time limit to grieve, but I am sure in loving way you talk about your Dad, those wonderful memories you have will bring comfort and solace. Lots of love Elza xxx

  26. I offer my sincere condolences to you and your family. You have accompanied him during his last moments, he will rest in peace.
    All my thoughts are with you,

  27. So sorry for your loss but it’s wonderful that you have happy memories of your Dad. Thinking of you and your family with love and sympathy. X

  28. So sorry to hear of your sad loss Trish. My condolences to you and your family. Take care. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Gay Booysen

  29. Sincere condolences Trish at this difficult time for you and your family. Thinking of you.
    With love.
    Jilly x

  30. So, so sorry to hear this Trish, and glad that you were able to share some time with him. He has most certainly passed on those special qualities you mention to you, in no small measure. Take care, keep safe, and very best wishes to you and your family. Val and the Irish Sexy Sewers

  31. I am so sorry for your loss. Take your time to grieve. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. May his memory be a blessing.

  32. Dear Ms. Burr,
    Condolences on your loss. Please know that you 2 have given the needle arts community much joy and pleasure. Reading your books and attempting some of your beautiful patterns has given me much happiness during difficult times in my life. Again my best wishes for your family during this difficult time period

  33. So sorry for your loss but how lovely to have been able to spend a lot of time with him, hopefully a comfort to you at a sad time.

  34. So very sad for you Trish. Your father sounds a fantastic chap.
    Remember all the wonderful times you have had together.
    Kind regards
    Diana Longthorpe

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