A Dear Dad and Grandad (60 – 80 Years)

Heading off to primary school then secondary or grammar, at break 
   time playing football with the other lads,
a father is first a little boy, child, teenager and then young adult, 
long before becoming a dad,
a lifetime of marriage and children imparts experience and knowledge, 
 leading to a wealth of respected wisdom,
sharing treasured stories of family history, humorous anecdotes 
and memories about great grandad and mum.

Walking past a line of Triumph motorbikes, the riders wearing black 
 leather jackets in front of a rock cafe,
smartly dressed mods on scooters with multiple silver chrome
mirrors listen to a rhythm and blues band play,
Elvis and rock and roll was followed by the contemporary sound
of the Beatles, also known as The Fab Four,
listening on a Sunday evening to the Top 20 on a pocket sized silver
 transistor radio, wishing there was more.

Watching World Cup football on the new television, the players in  
black and white on a screen of silver grey,
using a tape recorder to save your favourite songs then enjoying 
meeting with friends and hearing them play,
driving your first car, a light sky blue Ford Anglia looking at the sleek 
lines of a black and cream Capri,
going to a pop, blues and folk festival with a hippy crowd in Flower  
Power clothes, as far as the eye can see.

As a small child you taught me to tie my laces, picked me up and 
gently hugged me when I fell down,
answered hundreds of questions with patient answers and sunshine 
in your smile, very rarely a slight frown,
the special paternal all encompassing love built on a lifetime of giving
 and caring, which we all shared,
we are honoured to have had such a wonderful much loved 
dad and grandad, for whom we deeply cared.

Beloved Dad and Grandad  Justin Farthing 1939 – 2017

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