Saturday, November 03, 2012

My Dad: 1921 to 2012

My Dad—Richard Fulford—passed away late Monday night at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Although he had been in failing health since the spring, Dad continued to do the bridge hand and crossword puzzle from the newspaper regularly, downed a daily cocktail, and kept up with his large family and circle of friends. Dad served overseas in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. It was during his basic training that he met my mother at a garden party in Wales. Most of his time was spent in India and Ceylon, which gave him a lifelong love of travel.
When he returned to Canada, Dad became a Professional Engineer and gained an MBA from the University of Toronto. After he retired, he returned to school and graduated with a BA from Glendon College at the age of 77—and he was still teaching Sunday school into his eighties. Now that Dad is gone, I’m the oldest member of the family—all 21 of us—and I intend to follow his shining example and enjoy my life to the fullest.

9 comments:

Ronna said...

Sorry for your loss, Susan. He sounded like a wonderful man who lived a wonderful life!

Beth Barany said...

Susan, My thoughts are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing his bold and loving spirit with us. Hugs, Beth

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

{{{HUGS}}} to you. Sorry to hear about your loss. Thanks for sharing his strength with us.

JK Gent said...

You know I am always with you. Much love. Jeanne.

Katie Bolinger said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you. It's very hard to lose someone as wonderful as your dad. Be good to yourself.

Leslie Jane Moran said...

I can see you in your father's eyes. I know how special you were to him. Deep peace my friend.

martha brown said...

I'm so sorry, Susan. You look like your dad :)Thinking about you,and your family,
xox
~martha

Irene said...

Please accept my most sincere condolences, I'm so sorry. And yes you should most certainly follow in his footsteps.

MarissaDW said...

Hi Susan...just catching up on my blogging. Noticed you posted about your dad passing away. My deepest sympathy to you and your family and sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

Marissa