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John Dawkins, Richards Dad, Dies
Richard Dawkins' father died recently and Richard wrote his obituary - a very fine tribute, IMO.


He and Jean (who survives him) celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2009. In his nineties John slowed down and his memory slipped peacefully away. He learned to laugh at his infirmities with the benign cheerfulness that often deserts the very old. It inspired deep love in the large extended family, living in four separate houses all within the dry stone wall enclosing the ancestral land that he and Jean had saved.
That is indeed a fine tribute. Quite a life John Dawkins had.
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