Honour your father

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HOME — I’ve been wearing my dad’s tie all week. It’s a university tie from Bishop’s University outside Montreal. My dad was president of the University earlier this century. He was always quietly dapper without being too flash. [Okay, the man-bag he carried while we lived in Paris was a bit cutting edge.]

There’ve been some nice things written about my dad in Canadian papers last week.

By today’s standards 72 is quite a young age to die.

Like all dads he was my hero. He did amazing things as a political journalist, a foreign correspondent, a history buff, a francophile, an African aficionado, an actor and someone who loved a good laugh.

I wish you could have met him.

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9 Responses

  1. KateW
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    I wish I could have met him too.

  2. Stewart Gunyon
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    I never met him either, but clearly he was a great father.

  3. Scott McKenzie
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    David – I am really sorry to hear that. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  4. Annette Gann
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    I’m really sorry for your loss David, not only do his achievements speak for themselves but clearly he was a much loved father.

  5. Phil
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    I can see more than a hint of David “don’t call me Dave” Ferrabee in the picture of the young “Gentleman Jim”. You clearly inherited many other attributes, though I’m trying to recall if I’ve ever seen you with a man-bag…

  6. Tina
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    Hi David –
    Hope all is ticking along in London?
    Just a quick note to say that I was in Abu Dhabi 2 weeks ago, in the newsroom of The National – which is staffed by more than its fair share of Canadian writers because the founding editor is Martin Newland, ex-Telegraph who also founded the National Post for Conrad B – and your Dad’s name came up. Peter Cooney and Ray Beauchemin – both once Gazette men – were saying very lovely things about your Dad – in the context of colleague, boss and friend. It took about a week for the news to filter here apparently. But Jim Ferrabee was remembered, and fondly.
    You were in S.Carolina at the time and I have been meaning to drop you a line about it ever since.
    xTINA

  7. David Ferrabee
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    Tina, and all,
    Thanks. He never made it to the UAE. But, in his day, I am sure he would have taken it in stride. The enthusiasm with which he used to talk about Africa and African politics around the dinner table has shaped the way I have always seen the work I have done in the Middle East. If you become a student of a place everything you learn is exciting.
    /df

  8. David Ferrabee
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    Here’s another nice one that appeared today. Although, in fairness, it is written by one of the guys dad used to really rate in Canadian business writing.
    http://www.montrealgazette.com/opinion/editorials/Investment+firm+fascinating+story/2638790/story.html
    Like any author, I found some fairly brutal rejection letters in my father’s things. So this posthumous success of his only published book is in keeping with his sense of humour.

  9. terence dingle
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    David, I am one of the truly lucky readers to have known and loved your father for 50 plus years…….just when we thought we would have golden summers together in Metis,very sadly it won`t happen, however, there will be other Ferrabees etc to watch & admire.Love to your Mum. Sincerely, Terry

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