"This picture is
of my dad in his
naval uniform, taken in 1917.
entered the Naval Reserve in October 1917,
aged 16, and served 17 months until
He was a signalman on a minesweeper during the war and
remembered the signals all his life.
later, he left Scotland and
went to New Zealand for two years, then to Vancouver then
entered the US illegally,
a month later, and remained in the
US for the rest of his life.
In my pre-and early-teens when he was
angry with me over something I might of done, I would point at him and tell him
I was going to call immigration and report him as an illegal alien.
He would laugh out loud and forget why he was angry.
family gatherings at Christmas, we would all encourage
him to do his impersonation of Sir Harry Lauder. Every
year, he would finally give in .
His favorites were 'Roamin in the Gloamin' and
'I Love a Lassie'. He was great and had
'old Harry' down pat.
It was the highlight of every gathering. He
had a wonderful sense of humor and never lost his
brogue. He lived until he was 91.
I think of him daily and miss him to this day.
He was a great father.
John Devlin, Sun City, Florida, USA: May 5+6+16, 2009