To My Daddy

Father’s Day is just around the corner.  People all over the world are celebrating their fathers in many different ways.  For many people, especially little girls, their daddy is their first love.  I know my daddy certainly was and still is.  If he were still with us today, he would be 95.  But sadly he passed away at 82, in 2007.  I miss you and love you Daddy.  I will always be your little girl.

Many of you might know, my dad immigrated to the United States after WWII from Australia.  He lived in the United States ever since, mostly in Pasadena, California, for the rest of his life.

My dad in Melbourne, Australia in the mid 1930’s.  Like Paul Newman, my dad was always complimented for his beautiful blue eyes.  Daddy would have been about 12 or 13 here.

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At 14, Daddy ran away from home, lied about his age, said he was 16, and joined the Australian Army.  He fought in North Africa in WWII.  This was in 1939, in Melbourne, right before being deployed.

Daddy

The St. Kilda Boys.  St. Kilda has always been a rough part of Melbourne.  And now you can see why.  This motley crew gathering together during a break from the war.  I don’t know why my dad was not in his uniform at this time, like his mates were.  More than likely, he was being the rebel that he was was always known to be.  The gentleman to my dad’s left, in the Air Force uniform, was my dad’s best mate.  Even though after WWII, they were separated by 1/2 a world, they never broke their brotherly bond.  They were best mates their whole entire lives; probably still are too.

The St Kilda Boys 1942

After WWII, Daddy took to the sea.  This was the first of his many seaman’s ID pictures.  He was in the Merchant Marines, often doing military sealift commands, for the rest of his career.  He loved the sea.  It was his calling.

Young Daddy - 1

Before settling in Pasadena, Daddy was a vagabond, and tried living in various others parts of the US.  I believe this was in New York, shortly after WWII, but I really can’t say for sure where or when it was.The MobDaddy’s travels took him to Texas, where he met my mother.  They stayed there for a few years, but the shipping was better in California, so they packed up and went to the Golden State, where they lived out the rest of their years.  Plus my dad and my grandfather never got along.  When my mom announced they were getting married my grandfather’s response was ” Why do have to go an’ marry a damn ferirner?”.  They were off to California.

Port Arthur Texas, where my mother was from, around 1950, right after they got married

Young Daddy - 4

Living’ the good life out in California, mid 1950’s.

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Young Daddy - 6

Mom and dad were married 14 years before I came along.  It was just the three of us, plus all our fur babies, from that point on.  This was in our backyard with most of our menagerie.

Old Family Photos

Daddy loved the sea.  He sailed around the world many times over.  The sea was a part of him.  His last big sail was a cruise up and down the California coastline that we did together.  I bought him a trip on an old fashioned Cutter ship replica.  You can tell by his big smile that he was loving every minute of it.

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All grown up, and living in Colorado.  We would bring my dad out to stay with us all the time.

Daddy and the Dogs

Daddy walking me down the aisle on my wedding day in 2003.

Walking Me Down the Aisle

Our Daddy/Daughter dance.

Daddy Daughter Dance

Mr. Cool.

Mr. Cool

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.

 

Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

46 thoughts on “To My Daddy”

  1. Those are some seriously gorgeous eyes. It’s always amazing to me to see family pictures of Southern California from the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was such a lovely and casual place back then. Hugs to you remembering your father.

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  2. Hey Jeanne thanks for this rich biography on your Daddy!!! What a handsome and strong man in many ways; a real Man’s Man as they said back in the day!!! I bet if we able to go on that trail blazing ride we spoke of the Duke would say your Dad has to come along or the horses stay in the barn! What a great human interest story and tribute to your Dad and all Dad’s for Father’s Day!!! He sure had a lot of adventure and high seas stories to talk about, and always so loving a Daddy! You obviously were always that little sugar plum seated with him in the photo as a child, the little princess that you were then who grew up to be the wonderful Queen you are now, that Daddy and Mommy are always going to be proud of!
    I love all the vintage and up to date transitional photos, and I always had a love of photography but it started with my loving all of my Dad’s vintage ones, and he and many uncles were in the Armed Forces too like your Dad, my own was in the Navy! So, I too have and extensive collection of them! Excellent job here, with the layout and entire narrative; I actually love it and you done right by Daddy Lady and Friend!
    Happy Father’s Day! God Bless!
    Lawrence
    🤗 🖖 🙏 ✝️ 🙏 🖖❤ 😉 👍 🇺🇸 🙏 🙏 😇 😇 🙏 ✝️ 🙏💞🤗 ❤️ 🌟🌟✨💫🕊🌟

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    1. Thank you so much, My dad and I were always very close. My mom was always a little jealous because of that bond too. My dad and I are two peas in a pod. Although, he might sit our sunset ride out with the Duke. He never quite got used to his land legs. He was always much more comfortable with his sea legs. 🙂 He would rather wait at the OK coral for our return, then he would join us for dinner.

      I bet you dad and uncles had a fair share of good stories to tell as well. Maybe one day we will be able to get together and share some of those stories. 🙂
      Happy Father’s Day to you as well, even if your children. like mine, are the four-legged children with tails..

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      1. Hi Jeanne! I hear that being tighter with Daddy strongly because I actually had that happening with my parents at a period of time when I was a young fella, and actually all of my siblings know Dad was always some amazing special man to us, and everyone that was ever close to him. You know the story when people like that were made they broke the mold! Its true too! And, Moms are so great in their ways but I think from the older generations they couldn’t relate or just accept some things like Dad’s being so right about everything, perhaps is how they felt, only from lack of perspective not having traveled and been in the thick of things like our Dad’s! But, Mom in recent years had said I’m so sorry for saying anything bad about your Father he is a great good man. Two peas in a pod I like that and my Dad would say that one often when I was a boy, and I felt that way as a boy with my Daddy, especially when he would say, “come on I’m going into the city to get some parts and we’ll stop by the diner to get some steak and mushroom sandwiches with a shake!” Lots of fun when I was a kid too! Oh, and man oh man you are right about stories, God the amazing things they told me and I could actually imagine somewhat having such an active imagination!!! This is so amazing my Dad got his sea legs but not as good as your Dad, mine would have some bouts with sea sickness and his land legs were much better. I couldn’t do what my Dad did or yours, so I think you and I riding off with the Duke is awesome; but even just sitting and talking all those stories is a great thing to me as it is you too! And, we are in the four legged children realm together too! All Good Jeanne!!! Happy Father’s Day!!!
        🐕🐕 🤗 🖖 🙏 ✝️ 🙏 🖖❤ 😉 👍 🇺🇸 🙏 🙏 😇 😇 🙏 ✝️ 🙏💞🤗 ❤️ 🌟🌟✨💫🕊🌟🐕🐼🐕

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      2. Jeanne… I totally agree 100% and not just giving lip service; because I know for a fact the older generations had what they call Moxie and fortitude! Even when the chips were down and the going got tough they got tougher and never bitched or complained about it, took the good with the bad and the ugly! These days’ people that think they are tough totally not and only fooling themselves and other fools. Look how they want the children to be snowflakes from elementary level when now you just show up and you get an award! Or forget about good motivating competition they give all the children a participation award regardless of how poorly they participate or perform, not learning reality of what it takes to survive can be dangerous to their health, unless they want to be institutionalized or minions looking to the big government to take care of them like yoyos or puppets on strings. What happened to academic excellence and physical endurance building through hard work and determination, what my Mom and Dad always called having some guts! So I got a few lumps and bruises, or some feelings got frayed a bit, and is that so bad, am I a banana or a fragile egg? This is what they want people to believe, so when they all grow up and have babies to bring up and the parents will be babies with the babies and none of them will be able to take any pressure, will they all go commit suicide together or scream at someone to put the blame on for them being losers; and so blame it on someone they can sue? I hate to say it, but, the way things are going we better hope the Second Coming is right around the corner, because its turning into Helter-Skelter quicker than you can say Jimmy the Cricket! Pass me some of that Lemonade; would you please Jeanne! 🙂 🙂
        I just got around to updating the last several blogs with the photos that I needed to plug in; so that was bugging me, but no more, and I’m glad it’s over with lol! I deserve that lemonade and maybe an achievement award right? 🤣😜😂😂😉 👍 🇺🇸 🙏 🙏

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      3. You said it. I was raised to be tough too, by, you guessed it, my daddy. When I ruptured my ACL a few years ago, I hobbled all around Newport Beach, CA for quite a few hours before going to the hospital, without shedding one tear, although there were quite a few very colorful words.. Long story. My cousin and his wife were visiting from Australia, and my cousin told me ” I was one of the toughest soldiers around”. It’s all the Aussie/Texas blood in me. 🙂

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      4. 🙂 It sure is the bloodline and genes, jeannegenes! And them aint no bluejeans no how, no way because this gal is true Patriot all the way through like Daddy of this here Republic! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⚓️🇺🇸 🌟✨💫
        Sorry about the ACL!

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      5. I have had bad knees all my life. Thanks Daddy! I had my meniscus removed from my left knee when I was bout 21. Then I ruptured my ACL 4 on my right knee years ago and had to have ACL reconstruction. Six months later, I had a total knee replacement on the left knee. I am fine now. There are some limitations, but not many. For the most part, I can do just about everything I was doing before. It did hamper my swimming for a while, but not now.

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      6. OMG, sorry that it was so serious and painful I’m sure. Very tragic and a lot to go through Jeanne. You are brave and determined so that is a great gift you got from your Daddy, that God made sure got transferred with those glitches, you did get a lot of good too! God bless you. I suppose keeping those muscle groups strong and flexible gives you the normal function and endurance.

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      7. That’s it in a nutshell Jeanne! Too many people today are half-cocked, lazy, and stupid because they want to be, they are meme’s, snowflakes and whiners and don’t want to struggle or go through the long haul which it always takes to get a net result, they just want it handed to them on a silver platter and still will complain like all of these sheeple the Dem party have following them swallowing their gibberish hook line and sinker!

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  3. That is so awesome thank you for sharing. Your Daddy looks and sounds like he was both an awesome and interesting man. I’m an only child too! It took my parents a while to have me, like you, and I always had some kind of pets running around. 🙂 My Daddy moved us from the East Coast to live out his California dream! (We usually get along but he just can’t understand why I want to move to Texas! LOL!) That’s cool your Mom is from Port Arthur. I want to visit TX and Colorado someday. Have a great weekend, Jeanne.

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    1. Thank you. He lived life to the fullest, that’s for sure. My dad and I were very close. We are two peas in a pod. It sounds like you and I have a lot in common. Port Arthur, Texas is where Janis Joplin was from as well as the famous athlete Babe Didrikckson Zaharis (sp).

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    1. Thank you for the offer, but I do not live in Canada, and I rarely eat at McDonald’s. I am already fat enough. 🙂 But I would be honored if you could pay it forward and pass that gift card onto someone else who could really use it. That would totally make my day. 🙂

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