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Old Jul 9th 2017, 1:58 pm   #16
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He was, I suppose, "only" my father-in-law, but I knew him and respected him for more than the 45 years since I asked him for his daughter's hand in marriage. My own father died when I was 38 years old and I didn't respect him much at all. Such is life.

A little similar to my DH, he was pretty close to my DD but with his own father he is not close to, families can be very "colourful" at times.
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Old Jul 27th 2017, 7:53 pm   #17
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An update on the update.

On Sunday the 23rd we had (almost) all of the extended family* in the Salle de Fete in the village where my parents-in-law had their French house (on Omaha Beach).

*Most from France, but from England, New York, Regina, Toronto, Mauritius, Mallorca and from somewhere in the North Sea. I may have forgotten some.

It went well. About 6 or 8 of the relatives (including me and of course my wife) had prepared speeches or powerpoint presentations remembering and celebrating his life.

A send off to be proud of.

The next day, on what would have been his 90th birthday, we scattered his ashes on the sea in front of his house there, where 5 years ago we'd scattered those of his wife.

So be it.
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Sounds like a very fitting send off; your father-in-law would be proud of you.
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What a very fine final farewell Novocastrian.

Sounds perfect for him & for you all.

I hope your wife was comforted by the day . Y'know, it doesn't matter what age we are when our parents finally leave us. We are always their child.

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An update on the update.

On Sunday the 23rd we had (almost) all of the extended family* in the Salle de Fete in the village where my parents-in-law had their French house (on Omaha Beach).

*Most from France, but from England, New York, Regina, Toronto, Mauritius, Mallorca and from somewhere in the North Sea. I may have forgotten some.

It went well. About 6 or 8 of the relatives (including me and of course my wife) had prepared speeches or powerpoint presentations remembering and celebrating his life.

A send off to be proud of.

The next day, on what would have been his 90th birthday, we scattered his ashes on the sea in front of his house there, where 5 years ago we'd scattered those of his wife.

So be it.
Nice to read your update, and glad to hear you're enjoying life back in the UK and France. Sounds like you celebrated his life and passing in a very appropriate way, so good that so many could attend 😀
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Two years already? That went quickly. Im pleased to hear that the celebration went well, these things are important.

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Two years already? That went quickly. Im pleased to hear that the celebration went well, these things are important.

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Sounds such a beautiful celebration of life. Glad you're happy in Newcastle. Likely that me and the Mr. will be following you back to Blighty in a few months. Maybe we can hold expats returners drinks in the UK in the near future....
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Sounds such a beautiful celebration of life. Glad you're happy in Newcastle. Likely that me and the Mr. will be following you back to Blighty in a few months. Maybe we can hold expats returners drinks in the UK in the near future....
Oh I'd be up for that. I might even travel to parts unknown.
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