Two years ago on the 27th July 2014, Chris’s brother, David Shortle died. This was a sad time for the family. David had been severely crippled with arthritis for most of his adult life but despite this he determinedly managed to live independently until the last, with the love and devotion of his younger brother, Peter and his partner, Pat and the unflagging friendship and aid of his friend, Keith Moon.
The following year on the 19th July 2015 Peter’s partner Pat of almost 40 years died tragically in hospital. Pat was a warm and generous person who loved her family very much and is still deeply missed.
July has been a month of tremendous loss in our families, so it was with great sadness that we added my Father’s death on the 13th July 2016. We miss him greatly.
One of the last family events was to celebrate my Dad’s birthday on the 19th May 2016 when he reached 88 years old. We had a really wonderful afternoon, filled with love, laughter, cake, candles and cards. Daddy was always at his best in a social gathering, often recounting stories of his misspent youth or escapades in the RAF but always smiling and full of fun. He loved us all very much and he took great pleasure in spending time with his family and friends and it is so wonderful to look back on this occasion and see just how much he enjoyed it.
Seven weeks before he died, Daddy went to Crosshills Care Home as part of a respite package and as with every place he went, he was soon cracking jokes and filling the place with smiles and laughter and was a popular member of that small community. In those last few weeks Pamela, his wife, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren all visited and the photo above is a clear indication of the love and happiness that surrounded him. The family held a small but intimate funeral service for him on Monday 1st August 2016.
Eric John Bloomfield 19.05.1928 to 13.07.2016
Dear Daddy, Gramps, Great Grandpapa, we miss you and we remember you with tears and smiles.