My father, David Sidney Evans, chose an auspicious day in our family to depart this life to the next stage of his journey. He and my mother, Patricia, met on Melbourne Cup Day 1952. Last Tuesday, Melbourne Cup Day 2015, resplendent in suit with his favourite pearl tie pin, trilby and carrying a new gentleman’s cane Pappa was ready to attend a Melbourne Cup luncheon, with Mamma and my sister Joanne, when he succumbed to a massive heart attack.
Pappa has always been a great inspiration to me. To my simple question one day “and when did you do that?” he wrote his life story. That was Pappa – a great storyteller, passionate about life, serious about protocol and a staunch believer in the best in everyone.
He will be sadly missed but forever in my heart.
God bless you Pappa
Photo: 18 Sept 2015 receiving his Order of Australia Medal