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John James Weatherhogg B Sc, M Sc, DIC, Ph D : 27th November 1924 - 2nd September 2016 
2nd-Sep-2016 04:30 pm
Dad
How do I write what I have to write - especially after 36 hours of being awake, but I suppose the easiest thing to say is that this morning, with Jiffy and myself by his side, Dad went Home to be with His Saviour & Lord.

He was such a lovely man, and I know touched the hearts of those he met. I shall miss him, the laughs we have had and the support he has given me. He has been such an inspiration to me, and the rest of the family. And, over these last 3 weeks sitting with him during the day, then staying those last 36 hours, so many of the staff (even those who had little to do with him) came to speak to him, to see one of his grins.
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Having been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a few years ago, he learned the hard way about struggling, then less than a month after Mum died he had his major stroke, which was where I had to agree to the sad decision that he had to go into care. However I have seen how wonderfully he was looked after there for these last 9 months ... and especially over these last 3 weeks. But after struggling with he is now at peace, and reunited with Mum.

I know this doesn't really do justice to my wonderful father but I didn't sleep at all last night, so I shall do a proper post soon. Like with Mum I will be doing a eulogy, so will share that when I have my thoughts together ...

Until then I leave you with a couple of teasers - yes, my daddy

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May 1935
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I love you Dad xx xx
Comments 
2nd-Sep-2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
My condolences. Hugs to you.
26th-Sep-2016 07:20 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss. ::hugs:: if you want them.
26th-Sep-2016 07:21 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
Our strength is in the Lord.
26th-Sep-2016 07:22 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*

"God is our strength and refuge"
2nd-Sep-2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
I am so very sorry Debra - I'm sure he has found peace with your Mum. From what you've written over the years they have both had such a long and happy life together, and it is so sad to let him go so close to losing your Mum. RIP.
26th-Sep-2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*

They were so close, that it is good to know they are together again
2nd-Sep-2016 04:43 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this. What a lovely tribute you've written for him.
26th-Sep-2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so, so very sorry sweets. It's hard to lose your Daddy, I know. My heart aches for you. Condolences to you and your family.
26th-Sep-2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss :( My thoughts are with you <3
26th-Sep-2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
So sorry for your loss. Wonderful photos. :)
26th-Sep-2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 05:37 pm (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss.
*hugs*
26th-Sep-2016 07:24 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 06:16 pm (UTC)
Deborah, I am so very very sorry.

You were the best of daughters right to the end and I know that you will, once the first horrible grief is past, take comfort in your faith and the fact that your parents are reunited.

Take care of yourself my dear and look after yourself and please, if I can help in any way at all let me know.xxx
26th-Sep-2016 07:25 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*

I am sure that there was more I could have done, but it was lovely to be able to spend so much time with him (and mum in the past year)
2nd-Sep-2016 07:02 pm (UTC)
Oh Deb I'm so sorry for your loss. I know he is at peace now. I totally agree with deborahw37, you were a good daughter.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

26th-Sep-2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
*hugs you tight*
My condolences, Deb.
I'm sorry for your loss even if your father is now in a better place.
26th-Sep-2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 07:56 pm (UTC)
*hugs* I'm so sorry for your loss.
26th-Sep-2016 07:26 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 08:14 pm (UTC)
My dear, I am so very, very sorry for your loss. You were every bit the daughter any father could have wanted, and your love and devotion have shone through every post of late. I know only too well how hard it is to lose a father, and no mere words can ease the pain. You are in my thoughts and prayers; one day it will be easier to rejoice that you had him for so long rather than mourn his passing, but not yet. Love to you.
26th-Sep-2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*

I still am sure I could have done more for them both, but am thankful for the time I could spend with them
2nd-Sep-2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
Deborah, sending you my love and condolences at this sad time. It is comforting to know that your mum and dad are now reunited which is what he has wanted for some time, but I know how much you will miss him. Take care of yourself and Jiffy. xx
26th-Sep-2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*

Thank you for the lovely card
2nd-Sep-2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
I am sorry you have lost such a wonderful man, who has been such an important part of your life. All my sympathies are with you.
26th-Sep-2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 09:45 pm (UTC)
You were a great aide to your parents in their declining years. I know that you did this out of great love for them. They will continue to live in the memories of you and your family.
26th-Sep-2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 09:49 pm (UTC)
So, so, so sorry for your loss, Deb. My thoughts are with you. **hugs**
26th-Sep-2016 07:30 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 09:56 pm (UTC)
My condolences. I hope it's a comfort that he was so well taken care of those last 9 months and that you could be there with him at the end.
26th-Sep-2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 10:03 pm (UTC)
Will be keeping both you and your father (and your family) in my thoughts and prayers. I think he has touched everyone who knows you on LJ too. ♥
26th-Sep-2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 11:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. :(
26th-Sep-2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
26th-Sep-2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
2nd-Sep-2016 11:41 pm (UTC)
I am so saddened to read of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
26th-Sep-2016 07:32 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
3rd-Sep-2016 05:20 am (UTC)
Oh Deborah! *hugs you closely*

I´m so sorry for your loss.
He´s in a better place now, together with your Mum.
May he rest in peace.

*hugs you some more*
26th-Sep-2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*

They were so close, it is good to know they are together again
3rd-Sep-2016 08:24 am (UTC)
*hugs* I am very sorry for your loss.
26th-Sep-2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Apologies for a belated reply ....

Thank you so much for the love and support, it just means so much

Thank you

*hugs*
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