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Helen, how God blesses its family! He is wonderful to have a father thus. Congratulations!

Kate Craig

Having lost my Dad many years ago your wonderful tribute to your dad brought tears to my eyes. We never thank our dads enough for what they do for us. My dad was a farmer and a factory worker and worked from dawn to dark to earn a living and to take care of my mother and his six kids. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a strict code of conduct. He was well-loved by his family, his community and his church family. God bless all our Dads. Where would we be without them?


What a beautiful and moving tribute to your dad. Please give him my congratulations on a well-deserved honor!


Helen, what a pleasure to read your post - it's great that you have the "blog platform" to shout from the rooftop about how great your dad is. 3 cheers for a top dad and congratulations.

Lynette Anderson

What a wonderful dad you have Helen, congratulations to all your family. Its so lovely to hear of someone getting the acknowledgment they deserve for having a very generous heart.


You had me in tears Helen,what an amazing day for him and your famiy.That bloody bit of water between the islands, hey! I bet he already knew how you felt, but would be so proud to read this entry. And 45 years is pretty impressive also. (Oh, and so is almost 40 comments!!)


ok...now have to dry my eyes...That is a most lovely tribute to your Dad. Your love really comes through. I am sure your Mum and Dad are proud


God bless your family! Thanks for sharing your joy. Congratulations to everybody! Hugs from Venezuela.


A beautiful tribute, Helen. Congratulations to your Dad for being honoured. I imagine he's the sort of bloke that is secretly proud of being recognised, but at the same time, he can't understand why all the fuss about him.
And I also bet, that he is like my Dad was: the sort of wonderful Dad that is proud of his children more than he is of his own achievements.


That was lovely. Your tribute to your DAd.Im sure there were tears, writing that, I certainly had them too!
Congrats to him. He sounds like a real good country bloke. Well done.
Its great guys like him are awarded sometimes - a normal Aussie.


OMG HOW wonderful a tribute to Dad. What more could a Dad ask for than to have the love and respect of his loving family. Whether you are there in person to celebrate his award, this Australia Day and their anniversary, I know that they both know you are with them today. Your tribute is so loving and so heartfelt. I cried reading it knowing my Dad (now 85 yrs. young) may or may not be around with me much longer--Mom died 16 years ago. I wish I could say what you have said so eloquently to my Dad. Funny how the people we love the most we tell the least.
Congrats to Dad on his award, to Dad and Mom on staying together as long as they have, and to you for having such wonderful loving parents.

Messy Karen

thanks for sharing your story about your Dad with us.


What a great tribute to your Dad. I read the whole article. My Dad was a Lion for 30+ years in Green Bay, Wisconsin USA. How interesting to read that their main fundraiser was with sheep! Dad's club sold candy at Halloween and sponsored and endless series of Pancake & Porky breakfasts. As a kid (cub) my sister and I got to help bag candy every year and ate LOTS of pancakes. lol Sheep sound like lots more fun.

Congratulate your Dad for me; he sounds like a lovely man.



Congratulations! What a wonderful tribute. I lost my mom a few weeks ago, and I too know the importance of letting them know they are loved. Thanks for sharing.


Thank you so much for sharing, Helen. Your Dad sounds wonderful and your tribute was amazing. Having now lost both my parents, my Dad 11 years ago and my Mom 2 weeks ago, I know how important it is to let them know they are loved and appreciated. This was beautiful.
Happy Australia Day! suz

Corinna Buchan

Congratulations to your parents on their wedding anniversay & your father's special recognition.

Helen, you are right - we don't always get the chance to publicly recognise how great our Dad's are! So pleased you could!

Happy Australia Day & I'm sure you'll enjoy these special celebrations with your family - even if it is from afar.

Dzintra Ingrid

Oh Helen...how proud you sound of your wonderful Dad...Congratulations!!!


Congratulation for your Dad, your special Dad!
You have the same smile.


My dad developed dementia young and those are the things I will never get to say so Don't apologise for posting about your dad he deserves it! It is a moving tribute.


Helen that is so special! Your tribute was beautiful. What is a blog if we can't share the very special moments that make up our lives!? Thank-you for sharing, and congratulations to your dad.

sharon - nz

That is beautiful Helen, how wonderful to have such a great Dad, congratulations to him he deserves it.

Kristi VanOs

What a beautiful tribute to your Dad. Congratulations!

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What a loving tribute to your Dad. Thank you for sharing.


Congratulations to your Dad.


Congratulations to your Dad, how wonderful for him to be recognised for his contributions to the community. I couldn't enlarge the article to read it, but I am sure it would have made good reading. Your tribute to your Dad made me cry because my own Dad died 2 months ago and I often wish I could have told him how much he was appreciated - I just hope he knew. I am also very proud today because my sister just won an Active Citizen Award in her own community. Have fun celebrating!


Felicidades para tu padre. Que bueno que en tu pais reconozcan a las personas que ayudan a otros sin esperar recompensa.

Paula in NH

I'm happy to indulge you! What an awesome tribute to your dad! Congratulations to him and your mom!


It IS important that we say these things to people we love. Congratulations to your Dad and thank you for expressing your feelings.


It's wonderful when people recognize the value of someone of our family.
I understand your love and proud in your father and never it's enough to say him your fellings about him and about all good memories. Congratulations and I also share your joy! :)

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Helen that was a lovely tribute to your dad. And congratulation Dad on the Citizen of the year for Preston and Happy 45th Anniversary to Mum & Dad as well. That was such a moving tribute Helen. We should say more often what and how well feel(before its to late). Thank you for sharing with us all.


Oh helen, How blessed you dad must feel , not only to have the honor but a family who loves him so much, we are at 31 years and they are at 45 he looks way to young to be married that many years, your post broght tears to my eyes, as I lost my dad two years ago. congrats Dad, way to go!!!

Erika Richan

What an honor! Congratulations


Helen, that is beautiful. Thank you for sharing the important things, great and small. It sounds like your Dad truly deserves the honour. And an anniversary too, what a perfect day for your family.


Oh Helen,
What an awesome Dad...he sounds just like my Dad...so special!!
Congrats to your Dad and to you all,
Robyn xx

Carla Finley

Such a handsome man! And a wonderful tribute to him. I almost cried. Helen, it was beautiful. Congratulations.


A beautiful tribute to your Dad (and Mum), Helen - I'm sure you've left nothing unsaid - he knows you love him and that's the gratest honour!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Jo in TAS

Congratulations Preston on your award as well as your 45th wedding anniversary!!

Lovely tribute Helen, he sounds like he's everything an Aussie Man should be!


Congratulations to your DAD Helen...what a Wonderful Tribute to Him & A Wonderful Award...


Oh Helen that is truly heartfelt, what a wonderfull tribute-bought tears to my eyes-but I expect you had tears in writing it too..Conrats to your Dad what a true Aussie Bloke and what an honour for you to call him your dad,
cheers Vickie


You have written a wonderful tribute to your dad. He is a top Aussie and the award is well deserved.



jillian McNamara

That is just beautiful.
Your dad looks and sounds like a top bloke.


Felicidades a su padre y a usted por tener un padre asi.

Nancy Page

Good on Dad!!! If an American can say good on you? He sounds like a great person, a great dad, a great husband, a great citizen. I wish everyone the best at this happy time. Good on Dad!! and Congratulations!! Keep up the good work. You are doing great!!

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