I was 14 years old at a dance and in you walked with a girl on your arm. All I heard was “Chix is here”. You were a fashion plate even then with your hair shaved short, your suit jacket, jeans at half mast and your Doc Martin boots. I think I loved you from that day. You got your nickname Chix because you looked like the freckled face kid off the bubble gum wrappers.
Our paths crossed again a couple of times but we could not connect and then we had our first real date on Nov 1st 1973 and the rest is history.
We married March 29th 1974 and Zak was born March 16th 1975. We moved our little family to Canada in June 1979 and never looked back.
We travelled often, to many places in the world but our happy place was Hawaii; we always felt at home there. We have planned that it will be our finally resting place when we are reunited.
Zak and our daughter-in-law Sam gave us our most precious gift when Jaden was born in 2009. He is such a blessing and we took him on a Disney Cruise; just the three of us, and we had so much fun.
Jaden is only 6 so we need to keep your memory alive so he never forgets his Iron Man.
There was not a day when I did not know how much I was loved; you made me feel like I was the most important person in the world each and every day. You were a good father to Zak and he has taken on all your best qualities. He has been my rock through all of this.
Your life was cut so short after only 12 days of retirement but you went quickly and it seems very peacefully at home but I will always be sad that I was not with you. I will miss you and love you until my last breath.
You will also be missed by your sister Susan and family in England and your brother Robert and family in Canada.
You will be in my dreams forever
Your loving wife Cath
We love you and miss you very much; thank you for all that you have done for me; you were the best dad in the world.
We did more in our time together than most people did and I will treasure those memories forever.
Zak, Sam and Jaden