Truly sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. He was a Canadian hero.
Eric was our neighbor many years ago in Glencairn when my children were small. He used to sit on a bench beside his house and talk to the neighborhood kids & quite often send vegetables home with them from his wonderful garden. Those interesting fun talks with "Mr. Ashton" on his bench are really special memories for my 38 & 31 yr. old kids. They've never forgotten him & were very saddened to hear of his passing, as am I.
My deepest sympathy in this time of mourning.
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.