October the 28th this year marked 5 years since my father passed away. Since then i have always tried to make a short post here on the site each year to mark his remembrance and reflect on the passing years.
I can’t believe it’s been 5 very quick years since you left us and the pain of your loss doesn’t get any less , if anything it gets worse as i realise more and more all the sacrifices you made for us ; to give us the many things and lifestyle we enjoyed .
All those many hours of work you used to put in , whilst out in all the harsh weather Scotland could throw at you (often coming home late , soaked to the bone and filthy black from the wet soot).
Everyday more often than not you would risk your life on numerous occasions , free climbing buildings (many of which should probably have been condemned).
Also at home too in the evenings ; endlessly calling customers (or going to their doors when most people didn’t have a home phone). Doing the book work to organise the many customers you had built up over the 46 years you spent as the local chimney sweep.
One can only truly appreciate a person once you have had the chance to walk a mile in their shoes and over the last 5 years I have come to realise I am lucky if I am half the man you were. Modern technology has made things a lot easier now than in your time and I only wish you could have stayed around to see some of the developments in the field.
You dealt with the many trials and tribulations that come with being your own boss in a business that demands its’ owner wear so many hats simply because delegation was impossible.
Now each passing year brings more memories of the many things I realise I took for granted because you never once complained or grumbled about all the things you had to do to keep the ship afloat. Always gracefully accepting your duties as a husband , father and business man , taking it all in your stride and making it look easy.
I feel I can never do you justice in these few words I write here , only that you lived your life to the full and as each year passes I can only hope to try my best to emulate the high standards (determination and integrity) of the examples you set for me.
I love and miss you so very very much dad , I really hope you are in a better place getting all you deserve now.