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May we always remember - Let us never forget
Dedicated with gratitude to Parents, Ancestors, Relatives and Friends
*This site was originally built in 2005 - Thus my short poem Year of the Vet
My Dad, Paul Righetti
F/O Paul Adam Righetti
Dad left us to join Mum on April 9 th, 2011. He was born May 25th 1922 in Odessa Sask. the second youngest of a large family. His first training was as a teacher, and he taught before the war. Link to the service years here
Dad was active in the Legion, on various boards and town council, taught and eventually became Principal of the elementery school. When most of his family had grown to their teens they all moved to Davidson Sask. where he continued to teach in the capacity of Principal. He loved children, teaching, and crafts, and he even created his own learning aids for his classroom. He added gardening to his list of skills & hobbies, and he eventually had as green a thumb for vegetables as Mom had for flowers.
Every year dad would have his grade 6 students out for a picnic & Baseball game.
I just found this and had to put it up here...
* http://icehockey.wikia.com/wiki/Triangle_Hockey_League_(1951-1958 )
Newspaper article, April 25, 1956 ...Yikes I was two!!!
At a banquet honouring Montmartre Curling & Hockey teams:
“stunt man”; Mr. Paul Righetti, president of the Montmartre Legion branch.'
is mentioned... I guess he may have been showing off a bit of skating prowess....
My Mom, Jean Righetti
My mummy had a stroke when I first got there in May ... and although I saw her rallying, it was not meant to be, as she had another major one a week later...
Before signing up...Mum & her best pal
Found these in Winnipeg Free Press at the libray
Jan23 1942 - Anglican Young People Association
Mom wasn't a farm gal, nor was she a cook, but she quickly became both. I think we all admired her for her creativity and skills. She sewed all our clothes and made crafty things from nothing. She grew a huge veggie & fruit garden and canned and preserved much of it for our winter enjoyment.
A beautiful woman, inside and out....
I think of all the diapers Mom changed and washed in a decade ...the fairy stories she told... The fabulous meals she cooked for seven...the clothes sewn & mended...bandaged knees. The hot chocolate in the wee cups as a treat when out at the farm in Odessa for the summer. Climbing trees that seemed so high, and then looking down at Mom's worried face!....
Just found their wedding announcement in the Wpg. Free Press archives so adding it...
Luckily, the Legislative Libray and the Manitoba & HBC Archives are but a bus ride away!
November 12 1946
November 03, 2009
The passing of Q-Queenie crew member, poet & friend
Graham was a prolific poet...with many war memories penned and shared. We were most honoured to have hosted two gatherings while the crew gathered for Air Crew reunions here in Winnipeg in 1984 and 1992. He happily shared his poetry with us and others...
Squadron Leader W.E. Bill Miller DFC RAF
It was a pleasure to have met Bill and his lovely wife at our reunion gatherings. It was always known that he was well thought of and highly respected by the Queenie crew for his piloting skills. Every time he took them into the skies they knew their lives were in capable hands. We thank him for that..he is remembered often.
Here is the crew list. My Dad Bomb Aimer Paul Righettii, Pilot Bill Miller
CREW : ("Q-Queenie")
More about the crew here
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