My father died in November 2008 soon after I had relocated from Derbyshire to Cornwall. His was a timely death and he was ready. I prepared a slideshow of his life, from the family archive of photographs, to be shown at his funeral. He had himself prepared a short autobiography in order to help the clergyman presiding at his funeral to present a cohesive eulogy. My father had directed me to this document when in response to asking me if there was anything we needed to talk about I had asked for a chronology of his life.