Hello fellow crafters
Apologies for my lack of blogging over the last few weeks but I have some very sad news to share with you.
Last week family and friends joined my sister and I to say our goodbyes to our dear Dad who sadly passed away recently, following a short spell at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.
Following his first 'elderly' fall, just getting up and falling over his feet, doctors stopped his Warfarin to allow his blood to clot and nasty leg to heal. A couple of weeks later he suffered a stroke, followed by further strokes in hospital before passing away in less than a week.
His death shocked everyone as prior to his fall, he had been in such good health at 83-years old.
Dad enjoying the sunshine at Hunstanton
28th September 2014
This is a poem my sister found online, that was read Dad's funeral. The words were very appropriate for his long farming career.
CLOSE THE GATE
For this one farmer the worries are over, lie down and rest your head,
Your time has been and struggles enough, put the tractor in the shed.
Years were not easy, many downright hard, but your faith in God transcended,
Put away your tools and sleep in peace. The fences have all been mended.
You raised a fine family, worked the land well and always followed the Son,
Hang up your shovel inside of the barn; your work here on earth is done.
A faith few possess led your journey through life, often a jagged and stony way,
The sun is setting, the cattle are all bedded, and here now is the end of your day.
Your love of God’s soil has passed on to your kin; the stories flow like fine wine,
Wash off your work boots in the puddle left by blessed rain one final time.
You always believed that the good Lord would provide and He always had somehow,
Take off your gloves and put them down, no more sweat and worry for you now.
Your labor is done, your home now is heaven; no more must you wait,
Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, and we will close the gate.
He was such a kind and loving character, who had enjoyed life in his new bungalow, following Mums death over two years ago, alternating his weekends at his two 'hotels' in Northwold with myself and David, and in Fritton with my sister and brother-in-law.
We have many happy memories with lots of laughter to keep in our thoughts. I'm so pleased that I was able to work part-time from January this year, which allowed me to spend more time with him.
Lots of love Dad, you will be sadly missed by everyone, especially myself. xxx
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