Text message received from my sister 29/1/21:
Dad passed away peacefully today. I’m collecting his stuff from the hospital x
He was two weeks short of his 97th birthday.
I wrote a piece to mark this moment a good 10 years ago, and it has been waiting among my many WordPress unpublished drafts ever since. But now the time has actually arrived I somehow feel disinclined to click the ‘publish’ button. Instead, I think I’ll give him the sort of send-off he would appreciate: