Papa passed away last night. After a long and cruel time fighting cancer, he finally said « I have had enough ».

His last words were for the love of his life Colette. He would be relieved he is joining her at last. My sister Veronique, his grandson David were able to see him one last time. I was able to call him and tell him I love him.

We know it is a deliverance for him but we are still filled with sorrow.

67 thoughts on “Sadness

  1. So Sorry to hear of your loss. No doubt you are feeling even worse not being able to go. I hope my email today will at least put a smile on your face. cheers Clive

  2. Ohhh…so sorry to read that Chris. And that you cannot travel to be at any funeral or service either.
    Our condolences and thinking of you; very sad.
    Take care

  3. Your father will be with you every day of your life. You’ll find yourself on the deck of your boat on quiet evenings having a chat . . . I know . . . My sincere condolences.

  4. Sorry to hear of the passing of your much loved papa. Sending you much love at this difficult time. Natalie and Brad

  5. Thinking of you Chris and sending our love to you and family at this sad time, it will be nice when you and Wade can finally head out to sea for some fresh air and freedom

  6. Chris – Hard to find the right words but know that we are thinking of you – even though we didn’t meet your Dad, he was obviously a wonderful man.
    Tom & Lou xx

  7. I’m so sorry about the loss of your Dad. May G-d bless him. My love goes to you, my dear friend.

  8. Hi Christine,
    Very sorry to hear of your Dad’s terrible predicament and death. I hope you find some solace in knowing his suffering is over. I have been thinking of you. Also hope you will be able to get going soon, and find some distraction and consolation in sailing. Please accept our sincere condolences. I also commend your bravery and honesty in putting all this on your blog.I think it is definitely helpful to others to know that life isn’t always “smooth sailing”

    • Hi Meredith
      It has not been smooth sailing, that is for sure, but it helps talking about the tough parts of life as well as sharing the good stuff. Papa is with me always.

  9. Hi Chris
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. These crazy times don’t make it easy and our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Phil & Lindy

  10. So sorry for the loss of your dad, Chris. He must have been a wonderful man to father such a lovely daughter.
    Thinking of you both at this sad time.

  11. So sorry to hear of your loss, Chris. Not unexpected I suppose, but a time of sorrow and reflection for those left behind, nonetheless. Thinking of you today.

  12. So sorry to hear Chris. Very tough with the enforced isolation. I’m glad he got to see his daughter and Grandson. Condolences. Craig.

  13. Chris, my sympathy for you in the passing of your Dad; the grief will stay, but hopefully fade too with time. Thinking of you.
    Have a nice trip to Lakes today; we’ll probably see you there later, because it’s one of our favourite haunts.

  14. Oh Chris, you must be mourning the loss of your Papa terribly….It might comfort you to think of him and your lovely Mum together again on the other side of this life.
    Lots of love and kisses to you both,
    Lisa and Waz

  15. So sorry for your loss Chris. At least some of your family were actually able to get in to see him again before he passed.
    There are so many times suitable for reflection in your lifestyle, I’m sure he will be with you in quiet moments and sunsets. Hopefully you and Wade can get out and enjoy some more sailing times soon.

    • Thank you so much Neville. We all had a chance to say what matters and he knew he was loved. I just wish he did not have to go through such agony. He is in a far gentler place now.

  16. Having heard the news of my mother’s passing on the same day as my middle daughter was born and on the other side of the world from me, I can relate to your loss.
    My thoughts are with you both.

    • Thanks Phil, the distance and travel impossibility with the pandemic certainly don’t help. We knew all along this would be the outcome, but it still hurts a lot.

  17. Chris, sorry you have lost your Dad, but he is at peace now & you will have many memories of your time with him. Cherish every one. My thoughts are with you. Regards Caroline

  18. I’m sorry to hear this news Chris, hopefully your dad is in a better place now. Our thoughts are with you. Love R and C..

  19. So sorry you have lost your Papa, he is now in a better place, no pain or anxiety. I am glad Vero and you nephew saw him before he died. Your memories of him, will hold him close forever. Will ring soon, I want to give you space. 🥀💔❤️

  20. Sooo sorry to hear of your loss, may he rest in peace and you and your family treasure the memories. Xoxo

  21. Chris, sorry to read about your loss particularly in such difficult times. As my Dad said to me before he passed bundle up all your happy memories of our times and remember that they helped shape you in to the wonderful person that you are today. Stay safe.
    Jon N

    • Oh Jon, thank you for this lovely message. Your words are really helpful and meaningful to me. At the moment the last few months of Dad’s life dominate in my mind, but I know this raw stage will ease. You take care too.

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  23. So sorry to hear this sad news, my thoughts are with you. You look a lot like your Dad Chris!

  24. I am so sad to hear the news of your Dad’s death, Chris. I know that the past few month have been especially tough on you as his physical condition has deteriorated and as quarantine restrictions have reinforced a greater sense of separation from him. I too believe that he is in a better place now. I have been attending a short church service (Compline) each weekday evening and will be sure to offer prayers for him and for your whole family this coming week.

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