Blog 64 – Keeping Conk: A Journeys End

 

Cruz Año Santo 1951 Canals

On 14th October 2017, Dad was laid to rest in his chosen place here in Spain. His wishes were to have his remains scattered under the Santo Año Cross which looks over Canals and his Castle. Google maps location: https://goo.gl/maps/krStPKmbLhE2

He wanted to live out his days here and forever keep a faithful watch over the place he called home. As my mum has said, he is overlooking his kingdom and is now free.

The cross is clearly visible from the house, as is the house from the cross. Dad had also scaled the mountain with both Mum & Alan as well as with David & I just a couple of years ago whilst he was undergoing treatment.

We were also blessed to have Jim & Val join us for the final goodbye and Jim kindly shared these words with Dad having now been set Free:

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free

I’m following the path God has laid for me.

I took His hand when I heard him call;

I turned my back and left it all.

 

I could not stay another day,

To laugh, to love, to work, to play.

Tasks left undone must stay that way;

I found that peace at the close of day.

 

If my parting has left a void,

Then fill it with remembered joy.

A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss;

Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.

 

Be not burdened with times of sorrow

Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.

My life’s been full, I savoured much;

Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.

 

Perhaps my time seems all to brief;

Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.

Lift up your heart and peace to thee,

God wanted me now; He set me free

 

These beautiful hills, the view I measured

Looking down on the castle that I treasured.

Now by your care I’ve been placed in tranquillity

Blessed by your love for all of infinity.

Whilst the past has gone, Dad will remain present in our hearts and in our memories.  R.I.P old man. Xxx

Ano Santa 1951

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Remembering ‘The Bob Garratt’ – Blog 63

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The UK memorial for Dad will be held on Friday March 17th at The Parish Church of Saint Peter, Main Street, Awsworth, Nottingham, NG16 2QU. The service will commence at 15:00.

Afterwards there will be a gathering at The Crown Inn where we will have the opportunity to celebrate and remember his life and what he meant to us all. The Crown Inn, is just 100m away from the Parish Church.

My Dad was a much loved man and this was evident following his Cremation here in Spain on March 1st. A number of friends and family attended the service and the day was a fitting tribute and send off for one of life’s true gems.

This will now be the final blog I write on behalf of Dad. It started as an opportunity to not only keep friends and family informed about Dad’s progress but also to add to the information available out there for families who find themselves in similar situations.

What I hadn’t accounted for, was the level of support it would give us back. The love, loyalty, understanding and compassion that friends, family and total strangers have shown us has been overwhelming. All of which has helped us walk down the unknown path together.

In a world that is so often consumed with war and hatred, I have been honoured and blessed to be part of a story that has contained strength, courage, love and resilience. Cancer took my Dad’s life, but his spirit will live on forever more.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank just a few of the people that have been there for my Dad. There are dozens more though these particular people have helped more than I can perhaps every truly convey:

Jim & Val Jordan: My Dad had nothing but love and respect for you both. He loved you both dearly. He would have been proud of the service you gave him on March 1st. I know I am. Despite it being brought forward 50 years.

Tom Rigg: There are not enough words I can find to express the sheer gratitude for the support and love you have provided my Dad and family. Without you, this situation would have been unbearable. Eres una Estrella. Gracias.

Gloria Brook: You have done more than you may very well know. Your compassion and understanding has helped us navigate the unknown in a more clear, positive and grounded manner. Thank you.

For those that attend next Friday, I look forward to seeing you.

Thank you & God bless you all xxxx

P.S.

Two cannibals eating a clown, one turned to the other and said: “Does this taste funny to you?”

I have a gravel path in my garden while my neighbour’s is concrete. I think mine wins on aggregate.

Two snowmen in a field – one says to the other “Can you smell carrots?

xxxx