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S: Michael John McGettrick

BC: Happy 60th Dad. We Love you Love Dan & Clare xxxxx


1: It was at the Rotunda Hospital Dublin 15th September 1950 that Michael John McGettrick was born

2: It was here in Ballymote County Sligo that Michael was brought up.

7: At the age of 18 he set off to discover a world unknown to him.

8: and after many adventures, meeting many amazing people, he decided to board a boat and travel to a land down under.

9: He started in Australia by digging holes

10: But soon Joined the National Australia Bank where he stayed as a loyal employee for 30 odd years

11: In 1976 at the 747 Bar, at the Menzies Hotel Sydney Michael met a Canadian girl named Janis Elise Smith

13: When Janis returned home to Canada, it was then that Mike took the plunge and asked her to be his wife (5am Canada Time), to which he had to wait an entire 48 hours for an answer. Of course the answer was....

14: YES!

18: Love was in the air, and they spent 5 blissful years together

20: UNTIL....

22: Their Lives Changed forever...two times over

23: And what a father he became...

29: Who is more than any two daughters could ask for

30: Mike is a Loving Husband...

31: that is utterly adored

32: A Brother | A Brother


34: A Loving Grandfather ... | To Almost 2!

35: An intelligent business man...

36: A Golfer

37: A Fisherman

38: The Biggest Fan

39: A Joker

40: A World Traveler

42: Our Favourite Memories

43: "One Sunday Morning, Dad was out cleaning the pool at our Bugden Avenue house, and I remember Darryl Braithwaite was playing in the background. Out of the blue Dad came inside and took me to Kmart. He bought me a pair of Blue Leggings and a pink Sweatshirt. I remember feeling a million dollars that day! (Danielle)

44: I remember when I was working and living in Dublin and Dad and I had the funniest conversations over MSN messenger. For the life of me I can't remember what they were about but I do remember they were VERY funny (Danielle)!

45: I remember when Dad came home from work on Friday and took Mum, Clare and Me out shopping at David Jones. Dad let us pick something. I got a lipstick, Clare got red nail polish...It was near Christmas...(Danielle)!

46: The way Dad makes me feel when he is proud

47: The inventions Dad used to help us create underneath the house in Fadden Hills, Centrifugal force science project, our go-carts, Cubby houses with shade cloth. (Danielle)

48: Swooper! (Need I say more)!

49: I remember Dad singing to us when we were little before we went to bed. I loved it so much I now sing the same song to Charlie. Alone all alone by the wave-washed strand And alone in a crowded hall The hall it is gay and the waves they are grand But my heart is not here at all It lies far away by night and by day To the times and the joys that are gone But I never will forget the sweet maiden I met in the valley near slievenamon.

50: Playing Monopoly Every Christmas Eve on the Computer (Danielle)

51: When Dad made a Chocolate Chip Cake in the Microwave (Danielle)

52: Dad always said never wear socks to bed you need to let your feet breathe (Clare)

53: Letting us drive the car on his knee back from the tip (Clare)

54: Holding one finger instead of his whole hand

55: When mum went to Canada and we got lost in Sydney but we had Ray Charles playing on a CD to keep us in high spirits.

56: Going out on the little boat and catching my first trout. Watching the rise of the fish and dad grabbed my arm and it was so exciting!

57: Going to Batemans Bay and stopping at the ice-creamery. Dad used to always get a banana split.

58: Stealing our dinner plates away by distracting us.

59: Sitting in a Padua liturgy and whispering about the priest 'he's making a lamb curry...'

60: Supporting me through the debacle in Arakun

61: Hearing the races and smelling the coconut oil and knowing it was summer at last!

62: In 60 Years, Mike has been through and done more than most. He is a loving husband, father, brother, Grandfather and Friend

63: He is a loving husband, father, brother, Grandfather and Friend and we love him more than he will ever know

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