Thank you all for your kind comments and prayers for the repose of my beloved father.
He was indeed a special person - larger than life, ebullient, friendly, happy, honest and blunt, always willing to help anyone or anything, at no thought of the cost to himself.
He adored children and they all adored him.
He treated everyone the same, with kindness and concern, no matter what their station in life.
I have been told by so many people that no-one ever had a bad word to say about him, and that says a lot.
I have a lot to live up to.