21 August 2015, Melbourne, Australia
To my darling Dad, This is all too soon.
I know you didn't want fanfare or photos or fuss, and I hope you will forgive us for doing it anyway. Your life and your adventures deserve to be celebrated. You spent most of your life giving to others and today we give back to you the love and kindness you have shown to us over your life. You touched many people Dad, and today and for the days to come we will remember that.
We miss you terribly. You gave me courage and tenacity (or is that stubbornness?) and you did what great fathers do - you taught me that I could do anything.
I know you were as proud of me as I was to call you my Dad. You were a fantastic father-in-law and grandfather to Lucas and Eden and your little princess will grow up knowing you through our memories of you (and some pretty funny videos we have of the two of you being cheeky together). She's been talking to you on the phone the last few days and telling you about her adventures. I hope she keeps doing that Dad, because she adored you, just like we did. We'll keep making her Vegemite toast just like Grandpa used to.
The blossom trees have bloomed in the week you've been gone and they will forever remind me of you. We are in a million bits. Who will call me 'buttons' now? I love you to the moon and back.