Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fathers Day: a tribute to my Dad

Dr.Hugo Coghlan 1925 - 2002

My Dad died in 2002 and I still miss him dreadfully, especially on Fathers Day. He was one of the kindest, gentlest, funniest men I have ever known and I was very fortunate to have him as my father.

He was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1925, although his family came from Skibbereen in Cork and he was the youngest of three brothers, all of whom became Doctors. This is a picture of him (right of picture), with his brothers, Georges and Diarmuid together in 1976.

He met my mother, Dorothy, while studying at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin and they fell in love, but unfortunately my mother was a Protestant and my Dad a Catholic, and this was Ireland in the forties!

Fortunately for me, my two sisters and our own children, they overcame all the obstacles, as theirs truly was a love match, and married in 1952. Sadly he died a few months after they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary after 50 years together and Mum died of a massive heart attack not long after. I think she died of a broken heart without him. I like to think they have been reunited and are together again.

Dad and Mum on their Wedding Day

Dad with all his girls around him in happy times!


Tiffanee said...

What a sweet tribute! I love all the pictures. Thanks for sharing!
Now following you back!!

♣☆♥Willa♥☆♣ said...

Happy Father's Day to our dad who is now both in heaven.

Jill said...

What a great love story! I'm just returning the favour and following you back. Thanks for visiting my blog:
I look forward to reading more of yours!

And now I know it's father's day in the uk (different here in OZ so my parents get their wishes on odd days each year! Today Dad will get extra wishes!!) - thanks!

Tree said...

What beautiful memories...and love the vintage pictures!

Thanks for stopping by all of my blogs and following! I'm now following you back with all three. :)

Take care!

Mystee said...

What a wonderful tribute.

Lucy's Soup Can said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am lucky follower #67.

Lovely tribute. I love the old photos of your mom and dad. He looks so happy on his wedding day.

Mama Ko said...

Happy Fathers day to the greatman of your life.