Friday, May 3, 2013

Dad

September 1965, dad, babbo, Gimes Spagnoli
Today would have been my dad's 85th birthday. Obviously he wasn't a cowboy, here he was just posing somewhere near Abetone, on the Tuscan Apennines. It was the mid 60's, my brother and I were just kids, and our family spent long summer vacations up there, in a tiny village called Gavinana.
My father used to work for what was then our State Railway, until he retired in the early 90's. Beyond being a great dad, he was an avid reader, an amateur mathematician, a lover of opera and classical music. He died of a heart attack at the end of September 2001.

15 comments:

Stefan Jansson said...

He looks like he was very happy when this photo was taken. I guess you got your love of opera from your father.

tapirgal said...

It's nice to meet your father and learn some family history. This is a wonderful photo memory! Great picture of a happy man. By the way, I have given up Astoria Daily for other projects. I'm sorry that Cindy doen't seem to return comments. Most of the time I can be found on Tapirgal's Daily Image, although I haven't posted for about a month. I plan to keep it up.

Michelle said...

This is a wonderful photograph of your father. I hope seeing it gives you the best memories.

Jack said...

Your post today is wonderful. Your love and admiration come through.

cieldequimper said...

Ah that's a beautiful post.

Dina said...

This is very touching, this personal post. You are lucky to have had such a wonderful father. And today he would be proud of his blogging (inter alia) son.

Cezar and Léia said...

Dear VP, what a beautiful homage to your dad, what a nice portrait!
This is so sweet!
hugs and lights to your heart,
Léia

Rizalenio said...

Heartfelt post. Makes me remember my father too.

brattcat said...

what a beautiful way to remember your dad.

Babzy said...

this is a beautiful portrait !

JM said...

A great portrait and a wonderful tribute, VP.

Gunn said...

What a nice posting!
Keep all the good memories.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

A wonderful tribute VP your Dad would have loved it, what a very handsome man he was. How nice to have so many happy memories, thank goodness for them oui!

Arianna said...

Bella questa foto! Un bell'omaggio. Ciao, Arianna

Julie said...

Lovely photograph and heartfelt memories.