Five moving Father’s Day memories

To commemorate this special day, here are a few poignant recollections from family members about their ultimate hero – dad.

“Just before Dad died, I told him the happy news he had been waiting to hear: my husband and I were expecting our first baby. By then, he had lost his speech but when I said: ‘You’re going to be a granddad again’ he looked into my eyes and squeezed my hand tight. I knew he was so happy for me.”
Ruth, whose father had brain tumour and was cared for at the Marie Curie Hospice, Belfast
Ruth with her dad, James
“Dad kept his sense of humour, even towards the end. In his last few hours, he had to wear an oxygen mask but was still giving us the thumbs up and joking, asking: ‘Why are you all looking so miserable?’ He was just a happy person.”
Grace, whose dad had care at home from Marie Curie Nurses
Grace (centre), jumping into the pool with her dad and brothers Robert, Ben and James
"Dad’s determination was my inspiration – that’s why I ran my first marathon this year. Dad always wanted to pay back those who helped him, so I know he would respect me for raising money for Marie Curie."
Rosie, whose dad died of liver cancer and was looked after at home by Marie Curie Nurses
Rosie, with her dad, Chris
“I was very close to my own dad, and not being able to witness his death was very painful. I would have loved to be there with him at the end. I think it’s very special to be with your family when they die.”
David, Marie Curie Nurse
David, who wished he was by his dad's bedside when he died
“My dad was very proud and ‘old school’; he never tutted, sighed or complained. Whenever anyone asked him how he was – if he was okay – he’d just put his thumbs up and say: ‘Champion!’”
Denise, whose dad Leslie had terminal stomach cancer and was looked after by Marie Curie Nurses
Denise's dad, Leslie, with her mum Marie

If you or someone you know has been affected by a terminal illness, you can contact the Marie Curie Support Line on 0800 090 2309 for free, confidential support and practical information.