Ciao ciao

1 Apr

I’ve not written for a while, it’s been hard to find the words, so I’ll keep it simple and short. My very beloved dad, Papà to me, died on 24th February while on holiday with my mum in Spain. Born in Italy,  lived in England,  and died in Spain. A true European if ever there was one.

He was a wonderful man, a loving husband to my mum for over 53 years, a fantastic dad and a great son-in-law to my grandparents who shared a home with my parents for most of my parents’ married life. We had a service and a celebration of his life in Bexhill and shared laughter and memories with so many friends and family whose lives he had touched.  A wonderful tribute to him.



1935 –  2017

Now it’s time to think about the future, not with regret or fear but with some sadness, of course, a smile and many thanks for the person he was and the person he helped me to become.

I’ll be back soon…







47 Responses to “Ciao ciao”

  1. thecompletebook April 1, 2017 at 11:11 #

  2. Mad Dog April 1, 2017 at 11:41 #

    You’ve said so many nice things about your dad in the past, that I wish I could have met him. I’m very sorry for your loss.

  3. Babs in Italy April 1, 2017 at 11:45 #

    Baci e un abbraicco. Bxx

  4. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial April 1, 2017 at 11:47 #

    Much love to you, my darling friend. xxx

  5. Bluejellybeans April 1, 2017 at 12:16 #

    Lo siento mucho amiga,
    Un abrazo muy fuerte.

  6. Roy William Diggens April 1, 2017 at 13:06 #

    Sorry to hear about your Dad. My mother also died on 24th Feb this year. A sad time for us both.

  7. Margarita April 1, 2017 at 14:19 #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. xoM

  8. Daphne lynch April 1, 2017 at 14:39 #

    I am so sorry about your dad. Just by looking at his picture, I can tell, he was a wonderful man and passes on his love of cooking and travel on to you. God bless.p

  9. My deepest condolences. I can relate to your pain and sorrow. I recently lost my dad and I never thought this day would happen. I think of him every single moment of the day. Cherish the great memories and allow yourself to mourn. It’s a magnanimous loss….Stay strong! ❤😭

  10. Evie Jones April 1, 2017 at 17:03 #

    My heart is heavy for your loss. Hoping your wonderful memories are a solace at this sad time.

    • Chica Andaluza April 3, 2017 at 20:23 #

      Thank you Evie. I know that you know exactly how it feels and you were going through a whole lot more at the time xx

  11. Danny & Sue April 1, 2017 at 19:10 #

    Our love and thoughts are with you at this very sad time. D & S. XXX

  12. narf7 April 1, 2017 at 22:24 #

    I am so sorry Ms Chica 😦

  13. Juliet Thorn April 1, 2017 at 23:45 #

    So sorry for you – having had a year of loss last year we know how it feels but remembering the good times helps!

  14. dayphoto April 2, 2017 at 00:11 #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. 😦

  15. Food,Photography & France April 2, 2017 at 09:07 #

    So sorry to hear this, Tanya….

    • Chica Andaluza April 3, 2017 at 20:21 #

      Thank you Roger. We’ll be passing your way next Tuesday. We’d had to postpone aa long overdue trip to Spain but will now head over next week so we’ll wave as we pass through Niort!

  16. cathyandchucky April 2, 2017 at 13:22 #

    Huge condolences to you and your lovely family and friends on the loss of your Papa xox

  17. andalusiantraveller April 2, 2017 at 18:05 #

    I am very sorry 😦 Lots of love for you and your family.

  18. larabutteriss April 3, 2017 at 13:02 #

    I am so sorry to hear about your Father, le mie più sentite condoglianze a te e a tutta la tua famiglia, He will live forever in your Heart , Big Love to You my darling xxx

  19. Cecilia April 4, 2017 at 19:53 #

    My thoughts are with you and your family!

  20. cookinginsens April 5, 2017 at 18:01 #

    So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace.

  21. samba2017 April 7, 2017 at 11:41 #

    Am so sorry for your loss and what a lovely tribute to a clearly very treasured man. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Eha April 8, 2017 at 06:20 #

    My thoughts are with you . . . . wonderful memories will remain . . .

  23. themateriallady April 10, 2017 at 19:00 #

    So sad for you Tanya, but time will help you to be able to remember him and smile rather than cry. Love and hugs from Bewdley.

  24. Tandy | Lavender and Lime April 11, 2017 at 07:29 #

    Wishing you a long life Tanya. May his memory live forever in your heart xxx

  25. restlessjo April 11, 2017 at 17:27 #

    So sorry to read this, Tanya. I thought you’d been quiet but assumed you were busy with the house, and I’ve been coming and going a fair bit this year. Sounds like a terrible shock. Impossible to replace a Dad and he sounds like a lovely man. Hugs, darlin!

  26. Karen April 12, 2017 at 16:54 #

    My sincere condolences on the loss of your father. May you and your family have comfort at this time. He sounds like he was a wonderful man and enjoyed life right up to the end.

  27. Frank Fariello April 30, 2017 at 14:42 #

    I’m so terribly sorry. Since condolences on your loss.

  28. bitsandbreadcrumbs May 1, 2017 at 18:18 #

    I am so sorry to read about the loss of your dad and for your family’s loss. So very hard to lose a parent. He sounds like a great man who enjoyed his life and shared that joy with others.

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