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    Dad 'Crossed the Bar'

    My dad died just before new year. Not unexpected, he had a bad heart and a pacemaker.
    He was an engineer and sailor to the bone.
    Apprenticed at Skinningrove Steel works in the Railway Locomotive Shed and signed on with P&O as a Junior Engineer in the 50s
    He made his 1st Class Engineer in 67 and sailed as 'Chief Engineer' from then on.
    He started on Steam Turbines and 'up and downers'. Moved to Diesels in the 50s and his last ship was a Sailing Brig in one of the 'Tall Ships' races.

    Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!
    And may there be no moaning of the bar,
    When I put out to sea,

    But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
    Too full for sound and foam,
    When that which drew from out the boundless deep
    Turns again home.

    Twilight and evening bell,
    And after that the dark!
    And may there be no sadness of farewell,
    When I embark;

    For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
    The flood may bear me far,
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crossed the bar.

    Alfred Lord Tennyson


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    sorry to here it Captain even when expected it still sucks.
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    Sorry, Captain. But that's a lovely tribute.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Yes, it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Sorry, Captain. But that's a lovely tribute.
    Also agree and commiserations Captain

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    My condolences Captain. Even with all the preparation in the world, it's never easy. That was beautiful.

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    I agree with the others - a lovely tribute. I'm sorry for your loss.

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    My condolences, Capt. A great man well loved will be remembered always. Let him rest easy on your shoulders and in your heart.
    Best regards,
    Dan

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    I'm so sorry Captain Swoop.

    I still miss mine.
    Time wasted having fun is not time wasted - Lennon
    (John, not the other one.)

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    Not unexpected, but it's still a gut punch when it happens. Captain, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Your personal tribute to your father along with Tennyson's poem brought tears to my eyes. I am not ashamed to acknowledge that I am still vulnerable two years after my mother's death, after having been her full time caregiver the previous four years. According to some people who I consider to be reliable sources, my reaction is normal.

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