Dad passed away last Thursday, two weeks short of his 89th birthday.
I had a chance to say my goodbyes a couple of weeks before, as I was visiting for what I knew would be the last time.
He had a good and interesting life and has been a very good role model for me.
In particular, his motto was: "il n'est pas necessaire d'esperer pour entreprendre, ni de reussir pour perseverer" - a saying by Guillaume d"Orange, which can be losely translated as "It is not necessary to be hopeful in order to try, nor to be successful in order to persevere" - This has been a great help for me throughout my life.
He was not a big talker, but he kept his sense of humor up until the end, as well as his insatiable appetite for knowledge - he read the National Geographic in English and kept a diary up until very recently.
He has open many doors for me, including my love of photography, music and travel and has taught me work ethics and professionalism.
He always cared for others before himself providing his family with long term stability and love.
Interestingly, we had become closer since we moved to Australia, and he was very keen to follow our Australian "experiment". Sadly, he never had a chance to visit a country that he would have fallen in love for...
Rest in Peace, my darling and loving father.
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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