Sunday, 13 January 2013

The Loss of a Great Man

Pitty Wood
Pitty Wood: The wood by my dad's childhood home - Pitty Wood Farm. A place full of fond memories where I spent my childhood playing, & my adulthood walking & philosophising with my dad. Picture by Mathias Gras. 

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You wouldn't believe how many times I've sat to write this post, and had to walk away. Emotions are raw & although they say that time is a healer, I feel a need to let you know what's happening behind the scenes here.

It is with great sadness that I have to report that my dad passed away last Friday. Although he wasn't in the best of health, the sudden speed at which his health deteriorated has taken us all by surprise.

To say we are shocked & saddened is an understatement. I'm biased, but we lost a great man on Friday. A man whose modesty, morals & outlook on life are to be celebrated & remembered. I hope to echo those qualities & I am blessed to have had what precious time we shared together. I have many happy memories of my dad that I will treasure forever.

So what does this mean for the blog? Well I have a couple of posts scheduled for CASE Study, but apart from that I'll be popping in when I can with new projects as & when I find the time to. Trust me, inking up my stamps are a form of therapy so it'll be sooner rather than later!

And if you've made it this far, thanks for sticking with this post. I know it's not the easiest to read (it's not the easiest to write!) and I'll be back on Thursday with a new CASE Study.

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81 comments:

Elena said...

Sweet Aimes, I am sending the hugest of hugs your way. I am so very sorry for your loss...

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry, Aimes. I have no words, the ones I have are inadequate, but my thoughts are with you.

Laura B. said...

So very sorry to hear about your father, Aimes. Sending big hugs your way.

TAM said...

So sorry to hear of your loss and sending hugs to you and your family

Beth said...

So sorry to hear this Aimes, from what you say he sounds like a lovely dad to have had. Sending hugs!

Beth xx

Mandy said...

So very sorry to hear this Aimes. My thoughts are with you and your family during this very sad time.

xx

Sharon Roselli said...

So sorry for your loss. Praying for God peace for you and your family.

Katie said...

The only thing that I can say is I am so sorry. You will miss him greatly. Do not forget to celebrate him and his life. Honor him.
Sending you BIG {{HUGS}}













Anonymous said...

Sincerest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved Father, Amy. I can't imagine how devastated you and your family must be right now. I hope time brings you a little peace and comfort each day. All the best, Tamara K. sregoci@shaw.ca

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Aimes, I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this tough time...

Lucy Abrams said...

I am so sorry Aimes. I am thinking of you and sending lots of love at this difficult time.
Best wishes to you and your family.
xxxxxxx

Gerry said...

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I enjoyed his sense of humor through your stories.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry, Aimes. Thinking of you and praying for strength.
xoxo

Laura O'Donnell said...

So sorry for your loss

Dara Lynn said...

So very very sorry to hear about your Father. May God comfort you in the days and weeks ahead.

Karen B. said...

Thinking of you Aimes...

Beverley said...

With deepest sympathy to you & your family. Love & hugs Bev xx

marilync said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lindsay said...

Oh Aimes, I am so sorry. No words are adequate for what you are going through. Please know you are being prayed for.

Caryn said...

A very sad time Aimes - much love to you and your family xxx
Caryn xxx

AuroraDawn said...

Aimes, I am so, so sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with and your family at this very sad time.

With deepest sympathy

Dawn

AuroraDawn said...

Thinking of you, sincere condolences

Dawn
Xxxx

Laurie said...

OH sweet girl, I'm so so sorry to hear this! Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you right now! Sending you big hugs across the pond! xoxo

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Your photo is a beautiful memory that will bring back all the happy times you spent with your father. He's in your heart. So sorry for your lost.

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa) said...

Thinking about you, sweetheart. {{HUGS}}

Maureen said...

Duchess, you know you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad, sad time. Thank you for sharing this with us all...when mom passed, it was comforting to know so many were thinking of us. Your dad lives on in everything and everyone he touched, especially his beautiful and talented children. Hugs to you dear friend :)

Marisa said...

So sorry for your loss. My heart broke when my dad passed but being able to give the eulogy brought me great strength as he was an amazing man who accomplished much, loved much and left and amazing legacy I wish to aspire to. Hugest of hugs to you and your family during this difficult time!

Suzanne said...

I am so sad to read this, Aimes. I am so very sorry and will be thinking and praying for you and your family. You are so beautiful inside and out, as is your work, and I know that is in part because your dad made you that way. xoxo

Lynn said...

Aimes, what an absolutely beautiful tribute to your dad. I'm sure that his memory will continue to shine through you, his beautiful daughter. Despite his physical absence, I'm sure his presence will continue to be with you each and every day. Hugs to you my dear friend and your entirely family. Lynn xoxo

Joyce said...

Sending hugs across the pond. I am so sorry to hear about your father.

Rhonda said...

Aimes, I am so sorry. Sending hugs and prayers over the pond.

Mary-Anne V said...

So so sorry for your loss. I pray that the loving memories and times you share with him will carry you through these tough first days. Know that you are in my prayers along with your family.

Mary-Anne V said...

So sorry for your loss. I hope the happy memories you shared with him bring you some comfort at this time. Know you are in our prayers.

Lynne said...

Oh! Ames. It sounds like your Dad was an absolutely beautiful man inside and out. Sending you Big hugs from Oz.You are in my thoughts and prayers. Lynne x0

Suzanne Russell said...

There is no good time to lose your father. So sorry to hear the news. Your comfort and peace will be in my prayers.

landerson213 said...

I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my prayers.

Lauren

Miriam Prantner said...

So sorry to hear about your loss!

Ginny said...

My heart goes out to you, Aimes, as you deal with this devastating loss. Sounds like your father was a truly wonderful man. He will now be the angel watching over you in a very special way. My most sincere sympathy.

VikkiCH said...

a true gift you've been given to know the worth of your Dad. So very sorry for your pain.

Meredith MacRitchie said...

Oh Aimes, I am so SO sorry to hear of your loss... what a difficult time. I've had some trying times in the last year, and I can attest that my stamps were the best therapy. I can't imagine how you are feeling, but I do hope that each day gets just a little bit easier for you. I will be thinking of you!

Wida said...

so sorry Aimes, losing daddy's is hard. take your time, i will be right here...hugs

aaga said...

Sorry for your loss and big hugs to you.

sandie said...

Thinking of you x

Jenny said...

Such a beautiful tribute Aimes, so sorry for your loss.
Sending hugs .
Jenny x

Joan Bardee said...

I am so very sorry to read of your tremendous loss. I am happy that you had a wonderful father, as that is a precious gift, but sad that he died and so unexpectedly. Hugs to you and your family.

maria f. said...

Big hugs.

Katiejane said...

Time is so special but memories are more precious because you don't loose them. Deepest sympathy to you and your family at this sad, dark, numb time. I lost my Dad suddenly when I was 17 and it changed me forever. Me as a person, my life, my country of residence. It was a whirlwind of emotion and change yet somehow from it all I grew stronger.
No one can take your memories Aimes, you'll think about him every day, he'll be the one you'll think about as soon as you wake up for many years. The one you'll talk to when things get tough. He'll be looking down on you and feel blessed to have such a wonderful daughter.
Sending you strengh and many a hug.
Katie xx

Christine L said...

((((((((((big hugs for you))))))))))
Christine x

paperella said...

Aimes, I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Big hugs and strength from across the pond.
Lorena

Stephanie said...

Of course your father was an exceptional man - just look at the daughter he raised. I am thinking of you my darling xxx

Harriet said...

Aimes, Dad's are irreplaceable but memories live forever. Bless you.

Margaret C said...

I'm so sorry, Aimes, I'll be praying for you and your family tonight.Take care xxx

Torico said...

So sorry for your loss, Aims. Sending big hugs to you....

Torico said...

So sorry for your loss, Aims. Sending big hugs to you....

Kristen said...

My thoughts are with you.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH, Aimes! I'm so so sorry to hear of your father's passing. I pray that the Lord would cover you and your family with peace and comfort during this difficult time!!

Lindsey said...

So so sorry for your loss. My heart hurts for you. Wishing you peace and healing.

MagsB said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you. *hugs*

love Mags B x

cbuswell said...

So, so sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and sending you great big hugs. Be gentle with yourself.

Marlou McAlees said...

hi Aimes, I am very sorry for your loss, I lost my Dad too, so I feel for your pain. Will be thinking of you at this difficult time x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Aimes
So sorry to hear about your lovely Dad passing .... Time is a healer people used to say that to me when my husband pass over.... But doesn't help you at this early stage
Take Care......
Love
Sylvie xxxx

Sharron said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss, Aimes! Your dad sounds like such a wonderful person. May all the precious memories give you some comfort during this difficult time. Sending many HUGS!!

Meghna Patel said...

I am so sorry to hear about your dad....time is a healer and so are memories...Hugs

Ida said...

Been without Interenet for a couple of days so am just reading this. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father. It's been 15 years since my dad passed away (Jan. 4, 1998) and there are times when it feels as if it were just yesterday all over again. In time the hurt grows less painful but I think it's always there. I wish you peace and comfort in those special memories. God Bless

Christina said...

Aimes, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Your father sounds like he was an amazing man, and I hope your memories of him will continue to give you comfort in the days to come. Sending heartfelt hugs.

Christina said...

Aimes, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Your father sounds like he was an amazing man, and I hope that your memories of him will bring you comfort in the days to come. Sending heartfelt hugs.

Sara Mac said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine the heartbreak you are feeling right now. {{{Big HUGS to you}}}

Kat Ilott said...

Hi Aimes,

I don't usually comment on posts, but I recently lost a close member of my family too, and I have found that the kind words and thoughts of others provided real comfort.

So, I'm here to hopefully pass some of the comfort on to you and say that I am so very sorry for your loss. Keep all of the special memories of your dad close to your heart at this difficult time.

Cindy Lee said...

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with during this difficult and I hope time will heal your heartbreak. Sending a big hug to you my friend.

Emma said...

Oh my sweet friend, I am truly sad to my core thinking of you and your family at this time. The deepest soothing love and hugs to you all.

Lola G. said...

These losses are so brutal, but I promise you that the precious memories that you you made for so many of your years will be rich for all your days.

LaurieJ said...

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories provide you with solace.

Marion said...

Aimes, I can't begin to imagine what you and your family are going through. I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you from me.

Heather P. said...

Oh, Aimes!! :( I am terrible with words, but wanted to say that I am so so sorry to hear of your loss! Sending you love and prayers... *******Hugs*******

pamela said...

Hugs and wishes to you. And more hugs and more wishes <3

Julie said...

Sorry to hear of your loss.
Your dad must have been a nice man to elicit such thoughtful and loving words. It sounds as though you have wonderful memories and they will be precious beyond measure as the years role by!

Antonella said...

I am so sorry for your loss. The loss of a loved one is difficult any time, especially a parent.
Keeping you in my thoughts.
Hugs,
Antonella :-)

Deirdre said...

So sorry for your loss - will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Deirdre

krismybliss said...

Aimes....just saw your post and wanted to express my sympathy for your Dad's passing. I'm so sorry. He sounds like an exceptional man and father. Hopefully the love and support you feel from the stamping community will provide some comfort as you cope with missing him dearly.

Michelle said...

Oh Aimes, I have only just seen this post but I wanted to send you my sincere sympathies, I cannot begin to imagine how you are feeling. Just wanted to say that I am thinking of you at this sad time xx

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Aimes, sorry I didn't find out about this sooner. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my dad 11 years ago and I know how hard this is. May his memory comfort you. Thinking of you.

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