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Thanks for your kind thoughts...



Hi everyone, 

Thanks to all of you who  e-mailed me and'or send condolence cards after my Dad died.  It was very good of so many of you to get in touch.  I'm sorry for not  replying individually,  but I've been overwhelmed with kind thoughts from so many people, and it's just impossible to answer every e mail. personally.

My Dad's  funeral went off well,a mixture of "the Irish way" and "the English way" of doing things, as cremations are few and far between over here in County Galway, a predominately Catholic community, like most of southern Ireland. 

My Dad was taken to the Chapel of Rest in the nearest (small) town where he laid in an open coffin whilst friends and neighbours came in between 5 and 7p.m. to pay respects. I was astounded by the amount of people who came to pay their respects. My son Dan flew over from the U.K, as did Rhona's sister and daughter. 

After the Chapel of Rest  - Dad was taken back to our house  - still in an open coffin. Everyone came back to  drink (excessively!)  and talk (again - excessively!)  until the early hours. A proper celebration of a life well lived...
 
Next day we had prayers at the house with the local priest before we drove 120 miles (!!!) to the crematorium. (I'm not a religious man, but my Dad had his personal faith....)  
 
The music at the (very short) non-religious cremation ceremony  was Sandy Denny's "Who Knows Where The Time Goes" (which Dad loved) and also Bob Dylan's "Death Is Not The End", which seemed fitting  (and damn it, my Dad first got ME into Dylan, back  in 1962!!!!). 

I'm scattering his ashes on 13th December - some where my son Jamie's ashes were scattered five years ago,  and the rest on  my Mum's grave in Milton cemetery, Southsea. 

Thanks again for all your support,

John