I was at Easter Road this morning on a family outing with my Mum and daughter Tara to see the green granite memorial stone we had bought for my Dad and which is now installed on the wall of the West Stand.
As my dad was cremated and there is no gravestone we wanted something to remember him and thought it was fitting that we had the stone placed at the stadium of his beloved Hibernian FC.
It was my Mum’s first visit to Easter Road since New Years Day 1948 when at 16 years old she went with her brother George to a Hibs Hearts derby game which we won 3-1. She didn’t remember the result but remembers freezing on the old terracing.Her brother was a Hibs supporter as was my grandad William Dick and he’d sometimes take his son to matches.
My Dad continueed the tradition and he and I had season tickets throughout the 70’s. We saw many a game there together over all the years beyond that when I’d come and visit when I lived down South. In the latter part of his life his health was such that he couldn’t manage in with me but he was always devoted to watching the team on TV when he could and we always phoned to go over the result every Saturday no matter where I was in the World.
He died on the morning of 24th May 2016 just after we won the Scottish Cup on the Saturday for the first time in 114 years.
He’d been admitted to hospital the night before the final and Tara visited him on the Sunday in the Western General to show him the match highlights on her i pad. I saw him that night when I came back North from an SAS gig I had to perform and we spent a great hour together mostly laughing and smiling at the result and reminiscing over less favourable trips to Hampden we’d endured over the years. It was our last time together and it was beautifully memorable
The stone will be there for a very long time as will he be in all our thoughts every day.
Robert Dick 4/5/29 24/5/16
He left us
A final smile