Kerry Underwood

MY DAD

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MY DAD

My Dad died a year ago today, Christmas Eve 2011.

He was 96 and died in his sleep and had been in good physical health and perfect mental health until a week earlier.

Dad fought in the Second World War, landing on D-Day, and was decorated before being shot and seriously wounded during the Allied advance through Holland. He was not expected to survive but in fact lived for another 67 years and virtually never had a day off work.

Dad was a lifelong socialist and Queens Park Rangers supporter and was born in Shepherd’s Bush and saw his first match at Loftus Road in the 1920’s and continued to go to QPR matches until he was in his 90’s. We had a 90th birthday party for him in a box at Loftus Road. I was taken to my first QPR game at White City, when aged 6.

A polite and mild-mannered man, Dad was unwaveringly honest and principled,refusing private medical treatment and refusing to have Sky – or anything Murdoch related – in the house.

He and Mum, who died on New Year’s Day two years earlier, were married for 69 years.

People sometimes refer to a parent as being a moral compass. It was only when Dad died that I realized the full meaning and truth of that.

So Christmas and New Year are inevitably tinged with sadness at present, but also with gratitude for the lives lived.

I miss Dad every day.

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Written by kerryunderwood

December 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

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  1. Kerry, As always a great read. Feel very much the same – only ever managed to go to one Newcastle game with my dad and brother – FA Cup semi-final 2000 vs Chelsea. Great tickets from Bobby Robson, sat with all geordie mafia – Robson Greene, Ant and Dec, Peter Beardsley etc- great day except for result. he only ever got to see our first daughter but know he would have been fantastic with them both now they are in their teens. Respect for elders, politeness, punctuality, keeping things ship shape – all lessons learned from him – occasionally backed up with a kick up the arse or a clip round the ear. Merry Xmas Ian, Jan and family P.S. Sorry about weekend!

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    ian.appleby@uclh.nhs.uk

    December 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    • Ian – that is a lovely comment! Saw us lose at St. James Park last season. Rarely miss a game, home or away, but gave Newcastle a miss on Saturday. I met Bobby Robson a few times, and had lunch with him once. He was an absolutely lovely man. A Merry Christmas to all of you. Kerry.

      kerryunderwood

      December 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

  2. A moving tribute to a gentle and courageous man. A father you can feel immensely proud of, Kerry.

    Colin Gray

    December 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    • Thank you so much Colin – that is a lovely comment from someone who knew Dad well.

      kerryunderwood

      December 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm


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