1 of 12 Children, born in 1932 in Chester England – Son, Brother, Uncle, Husband, Father, Granddad, Great Granddad
An ex-Merchant Navy Seaman – His first trip to sea was at the age of 17 from the Kings Dock in Liverpool on a journey up the Amazon, what an amazing adventure. He travelled around the world with the Merchant Navy.
On a trip back to Liverpool while on shore leave he was persuaded by his shipmates to attend a dance at the Tower Ballroom New Brighton where he met the love of his life (my lovely Mum, Veronica)
They where married in 1957 and in 1958 they had their Son Paul, soon after dad left the Merchant Navy to settle with his family, and in 1960 their Daughter Christine was born (me).
Dad had a number of different jobs before starting work at the BICC and BCR (British Copper Refinery) where he worked until he retired in 1990.
Soon after he and Mum decided to enjoy their retirement by moving to North Wales, where they had 12 happy years, they found themselves part of a lovely community, made lots of friends, and thoroughly enjoyed the years they spent there.
Sadly my Mum started to fall ill, and after a major operation, they decided to move back home to be near their family again. Sadly my mum passed away a year later in 2005 and Dad had to face life without his soulmate, his best friend, and the love of his life.
That was 10 years ago, and my dad has coped extremely well during those years, keeping himself active and involved in with the family. He has seen the arrival of his 2 great grandchildren, who he adores, and has kept up with his favourite hobby of gardening.
However, the other hobby that he took up quite late in life was joining Irish Guards Choir, and this has kept him involved with a number of social events, singing at charity events, weddings, christenings, funerals etc. . helping to raise money for the ‘Help the Heroes’ and above all making friends who have been a great support for him since he lost my mum, and during this difficult period of illness.
I am looking forward to the day that my dad will stand on a stage again, and sings with the Irish Guards Choir, and continues with the great work they do in raising money for lots of charities across the North West. . .