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I’ve been off the radar for the last 30 days….no blog posts, no events, no movies, no parties, and very little facebook posts or tweets. My life has changed as my dad passed away on October 28th. I know my blog isn’t a ‘Personal Blog” but I feel like I need to write about my dad and how fortunate I was to have a dad like him.

dad - vicky

I truly had a wonderful childhood and was raised by an amazing mom and dad who taught me how to enjoy life. People often wonder where I get my “sense of adventure”. Well – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. My parents worked hard but spent Sundays roaming around the country side going to every fair outside Ottawa, known to man kind (Carp, Navan and Perth to name just a few). We went to Provincial Parks for picnics and to swim, and to local parks to attend Greek Festivals and Rib Festivals. Not to mention, every winter we went to visit some Ice Fishing Competition!

Ive often blogged how I go to the Maple Syrup Festival every year. Again – it’s because my dad took us every year to this Festival for pancakes and maple syrup and I wanted to give my kids that same type of experience!!

Yes – life was not boring in the Gosewich family.

My dad owned a sports store called Ritchie’s  Sport Shop for 45 years and this store was also a major part of my life. I would get on a bus every Saturday (like clockwork) with a friend and visit his store to flirt with the cute staff and visit my dad. Ok – I shopped too!!

His store received PLENTY of media as he was right downtown as well as an independent retailer. Not to mention he was well liked. When he turned 70 I put together this collage of the press clippings that my mom saved over the years.

dad - media

When I went away to university, my dad wrote me many letters and I was fortunate to keep many of them and read them to him this past year. Those letters are so special and SO funny. For a quiet man that stood 6 ft 4 – he certainly had a great sense of humour. See that press clipping on the right? Well that’s the soap opera column (Feb 22, 1985) so I could keep up with my soap operas while attending Tel Aviv University. My dad was so thoughtful!!

dad - letters

Friends often ask me, “How did I become such a foodie”. I always reply that it was my dad who introduced me to great food. For some reason, it was my dad who did the grocery shopping. He would often come back with unusual fruit or rye bread (with the seeds of course) or some Laura Secord Bark for my mom. He exposed me to oysters at a young age, sushi in the early 1980’s, and kumquats when I was a teenager!

My trips to Ottawa won’t be the same anymore. My mom and my sister and I will miss his presence. However I have many (many) happy memories and he will always be remembered.

dad - vicky and mandy

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog post!!


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12 Responses to “30 Days Have Passed…”

  1. November 28th, 2015 at 22:36 | #1

    It was so nice to read about your dad, I wish I could have met him. Sending you lots of love, Sandy

  2. November 29th, 2015 at 07:39 | #2

    Dear Vicky: I remember all the things you had to say about your Dad. On many days He would call and we all got ready in a few minutes. It was fun. I believe he taught Mark how to fish. He will be remembered by all.

  3. Carole Mantel
    November 29th, 2015 at 08:46 | #3

    Vicky-although I only met your dad once I felt like I knew him thru you. Clearly his memory is a blessing and always will be!!!

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      December 7th, 2015 at 18:01 | #4

      Thank you Carole.

  4. John Sacke
    November 29th, 2015 at 10:18 | #5

    Wow Vicky — I am sorry that I never met your dad — he sounds like a very special person and one with whom you had a cherished relationship.

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      December 7th, 2015 at 17:59 | #6

      Thank you John. My dad would have loved your accent and sense of humour. He truly was a special dad.

  5. Nekky
    November 29th, 2015 at 11:18 | #7

    Our condolences, Vicky. What a sweet tribute to your dad 🙂

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      December 7th, 2015 at 17:59 | #8

      Thanks Nekky. My parents were always asked about you!!

  6. Sandi
    November 29th, 2015 at 11:55 | #9

    Vicky, our condolences to you and your family.So sorry to hear the sad news.I remember your Dad as a lively, fun person to be around.May you have these happy memories of him forever.

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      December 7th, 2015 at 17:58 | #10

      Thank you Sandi. That was nice of you to leave a comment. I really do mean that.

  7. November 29th, 2015 at 20:11 | #11

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You have given him a beautiful and heartfelt tribute. He sounds like he was a real mensch.

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      December 7th, 2015 at 17:57 | #12

      Thanks Jenny for your words of comfort. I really do appreciate it.

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