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Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Up Front -

As Fa­ther’s Day ap­proaches, so does a pro­found sense of loss for many chil­dren, women and men whose dads are lost to them for var­i­ous rea­sons. Those of us who have ex­pe­ri­enced the bal­last of un­con­di­tional pa­ter­nal love through­out our lives are in­deed blessed. To­day, we share three from-the-heart sto­ries by two daugh­ters and a son. Writer Su­san Oong, who was three when her mother died, was raised by her dad Henry. “For so long, the story has al­ways been about what hap­pened to my mum and the loss that we felt,” she says. “It was hardly ever on Dad and what re­mained. Their sto­ries are so in­ter­twined. It was nice to be able to prise aside Dad’s story for this piece and fo­cus on all that he did for us.” Thank you, dear fathers. Have a happy day to­mor­row.

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