I was fortunate enough to have known your dad for some 25 years since I met him at University through the football team. Although he wasn’t a footballer himself (I don’t think he could kick a ball!) he was everything else you could wish for in a team mate. He was loyal, honest, funny, always up for a few beers and good for a bit of banter! I can honestly say that your dad was one of the best guys you could meet and although I didn’t see as much of him after University years, whenever I did he would throw his arms around me, give me a big smile and say ‘maaate…how’s it going? When I brought myself into the 21st century and got onto Facebook a few years back, your dad was one of the first people to get in touch and it’s so apparent that the impact he made on his friends he met at uni was the same right across the world. I’ll always remember his posts to friends in San Francisco or the many other places he would go to on business making them aware that he was going to be around to meet up for a few beers. The many photos of your dad also showed how much he enjoyed life and being with you, your mum and friends. Although he won’t be around to see you grow up Jude, you should take comfort in the fact that your dad was one of the best and was truly loved and respected by those who were fortunate enough to have known him.
Scouse Macca (Aston)