Monday, August 15, 2011

R.I.P. Len 1937 - 2011 ( Best Dad in the World)

We slept very well considering and Len had a peaceful night which meant the drugs were working well. In the morning he had gone down hill again and couldn't speak much. We managed to get a few sentences out of him, one saying he was in no pain and another saying not to worry about him. Cliff (Del's Brother) had done a lovely Sunday lunch for all the family and it took the pressure off. We were with him for all of the day and we still played his country music. At 10.30pm he let out a yell and we all gathered round him. He opened his eyes and gave us all a good last look and took his last breath with a smile. It was like he fell asleep and was so peaceful, we will all never forget it. We know how much he loved following this blog and being on Derwent6, so thanks Dad for helping us through life and making everything so much fun. You will be sadly missed, but please keep guiding us.......

25 comments:

steve and Chris (nbAmyJo said...

Del and Al, these words probably won't mean much considering the pain you must be feeling.

We are so very very sorry to hear of your loss. From the little time we have known you we understand Len was a lovely man and a much loved dad. His family were with him when he needed them most and now he is at peace knowing he was loved by you all. God bless to you all.
Many hugs and sinsere regards
Steve and Chris Spreyer

Anonymous said...

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

RIP Len - thank you for the memories.
Z x

Brian and Diana said...

Del and Al, please be thankful for such a peaceful end and that you were all together when his time came.

It obviously would have been better if it never happened but the best any of us can hope for is to go without pain and be surrounded by our family.
Brian on Harnser

Halfie said...

Del and Al, my commiserations to you both in your loss. Len obviously gave a great deal of joy; may you remember the good times and celebrate his life.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your loss - I hope you can take some comfort from his peaceful end...

Sue, nb Indigo Dream

LES said...

So so sorry mate.
I bet he felt good having such a loving family with him when he last fell asleep.

Sue said...

Darn it.. xxx

Sam said...

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.


All my love sam <3

Paul and Elaine said...

Sorry for your loss, it would have been most comforting being surrounded by family.
Paul and Elaine

nblazydays said...

Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.

Alan and Frances

nb Chance said...

Dear Del and Al, So sorry to hear the loss of your Dad Del, Len must have been so pleased to have had all his family around him and all of you had some quality time together before his peaceful passing. We are sure he will be with you on Derwent6 in the future. Our Best Wishes Doug and James x

Nb Caxton said...

You cannot wish for a better exit than that; pain free, dignified, in your own home and surrounded by a loving family. Bless him.
Lesley

Anonymous said...

I came by this blog as a result of Axiom prop's and have been captivated by it for months now. Having followed events I felt it right to say how saddened I was to read about your dad - I too watched my dad pass away peacefully after 30 years of MS, take comfort that he went in peace.

Mark said...

I have been following your great blog for some time now without leaving a comment. Today however I offer my condolences on your loss, but I must also say that Len was a very lucky man to have had his caring and loving family there for him during the last few days of his life I am sure that it must have given him great comfort.

I am all so sure he will enjoy regularly checking your blog for all your future updates and adventures on Derwent6

life afloat on nb tickety boo said...

So sorry to hear of your sad loss, Len must have been so proud of you all and justly so.It's hard to lose someone so close, but his peaceful passing will have hopefully eased your grief, if only a little. Take care Debbie.

Pip - nb Windsong said...

Thinking of you.
Pip and Roger xxx

Jo (Boatwoman) said...

Del, Al and Family. We are so sad to hear of your loss, but so pleased that it was so peaceful and you were all there with Len. You have so many happy memories of the past few weeks, which will keep you all strong through the coming days, weeks and months. Lots of love and hugssss Jo and Keith xxx

nb piston broke said...

So sorry to hear the news, at least Len had is family with him. You have made his last months so special I am sure he really appreciated that.
Love to you both
Lynne and Paul.xx

Jaqueline Biggs said...

Because my ship has sailed from site it does not mean my journey ends--it only means the river bends.

May peace be in your hearts,
Blessed Be

Julie said...

Like a lot of others that have left messages here today, I am a regular reader of your pages.
I am so glad that you managed to have this special time both with Len and your family and that he was able to enjoy some smashing outings.
A rollercoaster of emotions for you all to deal with now, take care.
Julie xxx

Ian and Karen said...

God bless you all,
with love
Ian and Karen

Anonymous said...

Memories live forever, cherish them! X

Anonymous said...

So sorry to see the news here.

Bella said...

Your Dad was blessed in life to have such a loving family; it is always sad to hear when people lose a loved one.

Dogsontour by Greygal said...

I'm sure Len will be cruising every mile with you from now on. Keep hold of the good times and take care.

Best wishes

GG