“Decency, honesty, reliability, honour, dignity, respect: these are all qualities that my father not only held in high esteem, but practiced every day during his time on this earth. He was a serious and disciplined man, but he could never resist the opportunity to have a laugh with friends and loved ones, given half the chance.”
Papa was a straightforward man who demanded little from those around him. But straightforward as he was, I never seen my Papa had a fight with anyone. He may be impatient at times and lose his temper at once, yet, he chose to stay silent and hold to his principle instead of having a senseless argument and gain an enemy.
He had an inherent ability to listen, to absorb and to offer a point of view based on quiet, measured wisdom. It’s evidential on his wake how he had lived his life and how he was given by the Creator a helping hand and open heart to those in need. It’s obvious from those tears shed from family, relatives and friends how fruitful his life was and how he wonderfully touched each person he met. He was an imposing figure whose reassuring presence we all felt during difficult times.