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.

 

Written by kerryunderwood

June 6, 2019 at 7:55 am

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  1. This is lovely bless your Dad and your family xx

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    catherine cordon

    June 6, 2019 at 8:01 am

  2. What an absolute Legend.

    May he Rest in Peace.

    *From:* Kerry Underwood [mailto:comment-reply@wordpress.com] *Sent:* 06 June 2019 07:56 *To:* umran.aziz@zenlaw.co.uk *Subject:* [New post] MY DAD

    kerryunderwood posted: “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 be”

    Umran Aziz

    June 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

  3. That was a really lovely remembrance Kerry.

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    John Newcomb

    June 6, 2019 at 10:30 am

  4. We can all learn a lot from your dad and his generation Kerry. Listening to Radio 4 this morning I was crying thinking of those 20 year olds in 1944- not crying with sympathy so much as pride. My kids need to remember people like your dad. I aim to make sure they do.

    james.maxey@expresssolicitors.co.uk

    June 6, 2019 at 11:07 am

    • Thank James – I know exactly what you mean. My experience is that when youngsters are told about these things, they are interested; we need to spend more time talking generally.

      Kerry

      kerryunderwood

      June 6, 2019 at 4:51 pm

  5. Your Dad is with you.You just can’t see him.

    Duncan Needham

    June 6, 2019 at 11:16 am

  6. That’s a lovely post and inspiring life story in equal measure Kerry

    Nathan Roughton

    June 6, 2019 at 12:04 pm

  7. You must be very proud of your Dad. Fond memories shall live forever.

    Jeet Bamrah

    June 6, 2019 at 12:17 pm


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