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Letter from Lionel A Dibdin to his Sister Marian in Australia.

10th June 1925

Dear Marian

Father passed peacefully and painlessly on at 8.00 am yesterday after several days of unconsciousness and for a somewhat longer time of only occasional consciousness, when he spoke lovingly of you and Paul and yours.

Mother, Lettie, Rex and I were with him at the end when he did not rouse but just rested.

Mother is well & she & Lettie have & are standing the blow of his temporary loss bravely as she did during his life time, & we are all sure that his accident only hastened his inability to continue his active & useful life, as he has been failing during the past years & has now been spared the disappointment he would have felt later.

You know our faith, as his, & we yours so that whilst we are sorry for ourselves & you we are glad for him

I cannot do more than indicate this on paper but you know how our hearts go out to yours & that only the sure certainty of our souls reunion & communion enables us to "carry on" just as he wished & taught us.

Personally I feel that the conviction of his fuller knowledge of any future life will help me to be more worthy in the coming years of his memory & of the reunion later.

Marg & Gerald are here helping in every way & Cecily also.

There will be a service at All Souls West Dulwich Church on Friday at 11.30 & then Cremation at West Norwood & later the ashes will be taken with those of Gus & be placed in the grave at Carshalton Parish Church where the remains of little Stanley are. God bless you & keep you.

Lionel