Friday, February 19, 2010

Keith Pitcher --- 9 November 1918 - 19 February 2010

Just thought I would let you all know that my dear old Dad passed away today at 3.00pm. After 91 wonderful, eventful, mostly happy years and 3 plus months of winding down his life he left us very peacefully. I had the honour of sitting with him holding his hand as he took his last breathes. I think he had made up his mind not to let his cherished granddaughter (Rachel) see him pass, as he went just as her car pulled up at the front of my house. My Dad was a true gentle man and also a true gentleman. Right up until he was no longer mobile be would walk on the road side of the footpath as the gentlemen would do in the old days. He would also never say a harsh word about anyone. If Mum and I were having a whinge about someone, he would just say “she means well though”. Years ago I was sitting with Mum and Dad and asked them a few of their favourite things when they were young. I asked Dad what his favourite toy was and he said he never really had many toys but he did have live toys, his greyhound dogs who he loved. I then asked him his favourite book. He made me laugh with his answer! His favourite book was his “Bank Book”. One really cool thing he did was when he was in primary school, his view out of the window was Moonee Valley horse racing track. One day he was looking out the window watching “Pharlap” race. For all the non Aussies out there “Pharlap” was by far the most famous racing horse every born in Australia. His passing has naturally made me extremely sad, I just feel empty inside, but I know he had a wonderful life. One beautiful memory I will have for the rest of my life will be his last words to me:

I LOVE YOU.

My Davine Time today was definitely sharing this time with Dad.