He was the first person in our family history to get a decent education, thanks to his working class parents who struggled in impossible times to get him there.
He volunteered for the RAF as a firefighter, during the years when National Service was compulsory. He
served 25 years in the W. Yorkshire Fire Service and saved many lives,
nearly copping it himself a couple of times.
It's thanks to him I became a scientist and a geek. He bought me a chemistry set when I was five and taught me about how chemicals can interact to make fire and fire-hazards. To me, at that age, means fireworks. He let me have a lab in our attic and bought me more chemistry sets, a microscope, electronics kits and other cool science stuff.
Thanks Dad for being a great Dad, a hero, and an inspiration.