Father’s Day – A Son’s Tribute to a Great Father

This is Part 3 of my Articles on Father’s Day

A Son’s Tribute to a Great Father.

I was fortunate to have a gentle, yet strong father who taught me the importance of honesty and integrity. He taught me the principles for life and living as set out in The Bible.  He not only taught me with words, he taught me by example. I have every reason to honour his memory.

My Dad

My Dad came from humble beginnings.  His father was a regular soldier in the British Army, who lost his life in 1917 during the Battle of the Somme.

My Dad was aged 12 and the eldest of 5 children.  He became the “man of the house” and his formal education ceased.

With his mother, two brothers and two sisters, he emigrated to Australia in the early 1920’s, arriving in Perth in Western Australia.

He worked as a farm hand and helped to support his mother and siblings.

He married my Mother one year before the onset of the Great Depression of 1929. I was born  one month before the onset of that great financial crash in October of that year.

Having a job during that very stressful time was extremely important and difficult to obtain. Nearly one third of the population was un-employed.  My Dad now had a Wife and two sons to support. Keeping a job if you had one was essential.

His honesty and integrity was really put to the test, when he was instructed to “cook the books” of the Company by which he was employed.

My Dad refused!  He was sacked from his job. He now found himself on “Sustenance work”  This is similar to a “Work for the Dole Scheme”. Workers were paid a pittance. They had to work wherever they were sent on Government projects. It was hard manual labour.

After the Second World War, My father worked on the Parks and Gardens around Perth for the Perth City Council. He befriended the many alcoholics who frequented these places and helped them physically, materially and emotionally. Also as a committed Christian,  he endeavoured to give them spiritual guidance. He was greatly admired by “the down and outs” of Perth.

After progressing through various more responsible jobs with the Council, his reliability, honesty and integrity were rewarded by an appointment as  “The Lord Mayor’s Orderly”.  He was responsible for organizing all receptions, given by the Lord Mayor, for visiting Dignitaries to the City of Perth.

On one occasion, when the Guest of Honour at a State Congress for my Dad’s Church,  the Lord Mayor commended my father in his Speech, before a crowd of many hundreds. Can you image how proud I was, that he was talking about “My Dad

I expressed my desire to be a doctor from very early childhood. His and my Mother’s  response was, ” study and work hard; although we do not have much money we will do our best to support you”. I achieved  my ambition because of the encouragement and support they gave me.  It was only after his death that I discovered that Dad had sold his one prized, personal possession – a silver cornet- to buy me a book to help me in my studies.

Can you understand why I cherish the memory of a great father

I hope that you, my reader can remember your father with pride and pleasure and honour him on his day- Father’s Day.

Whether you have memories of a great father or the memories of your father are not happy ones, may I commend to you the only “Perfect Father” – God Himself.  If you follow His example and His advice, you can be a great father.

64323: Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the Dad God Wants You to Be Fathering Like the Father: Becoming the Dad God Wants You to Be

By Kenneth O. Gangel & Jeffrey S. Gangel / Baker

Fathering comes naturally to God. The rest of us can use some pointers. Who better to provide them than the Father who truly knows best? Following that reasoning, father-and-son authors Kenn and Jeff Gangel explore God’s ways of forgiving, communicating with, disciplining, and loving his children. Each chapter is packed with amusing anecdotes and personal vignettes that illustrate how fathers can model godly character for their children. This book will inspire any dad or men’s group with a heavenly perspective on fatherhood.

He wants to be a Father to you if you will only allow Him.

” But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them” (John 1 : 12 Living Bible )

Happy Father’s Day

Doctor Bill


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3 Responses to “Father’s Day – A Son’s Tribute to a Great Father”


  • Hi Dr Bill,
    Thank you for writing a very personal, heart felt article about your wonderful Father. I’m sure he’s as proud of you as you are of him.
    Jan

  • Comment from docbill

    Thank you Caroline. I was truly blessed

  • Hi Dr Bill,
    This is such a beautiful article about your father and its evident that his values and ethics have been passed on to you. Thanks for your timely reminder – I’ll be sure to take extra special care of my Dad this weekend.

    Caroline Labour


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