Friday, 28 April 2017
Today, on what would have been his 88th birthday, we are attending the funeral of Jim who was my mother's partner for the last dozen or so years.
He has a family of his own but we have always considered him part of ours as well to the extent that my nephew who has known him all his life knew him as Grandpa Jim.
When my mum's Parkinsons worsened and she was essentially housebound he would visit every evening and prepare her dinner. He also never missed a day when she was in hospital and subsequently her care home.
A former dairyman (hence the picture) he enjoyed a long and happy retirement .
At various times he kept bees, chickens, quails and pigeons and enjoyed cooking and shopping for food and drink.
He was also a great tennis fan and took great pleasure in the rise of Andy Murray.
He will be sadly missed by us all.
Rest easy Jim
XTC -Love on a Farm Boy's Wages
Roy Harper - When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease