Merry Christmas and Other Issues

Greetings everyone….Friends of Pakati are back online after a short break. We are still working in the background on our website, charity status and other improvements – much more on those in future posts.

Coming this week – A second ‘obituary’, news of Friends of Pakati, and Christmas Greetings!

Right now however, myself – the Author, Chris Walker – am in mourning following the passing of my father, Derrick, this week. Aged 92, he had lived a long & fruitful life. My mother passed away in 2019 & we honoured her on here – – so it is right I do the same for my Dad.

Derrick with Pat, taken in 2016

While Mum had a sense of adventure which lead her to visit me in Zimbabwe in 1990 & 91, Dad was more reluctant. But because he didn’t want her to go alone, he came too both times. He ended up loving his visits, especially that first trip when they visited Pakati to see where I was working.

Together we visited tourist areas in Zimbabwe – From Harare we travelled to Pakati first, then Marondera, Mutare, Great Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Hwange National Park, and Victoria Falls. He would sometimes get out his photos from the trip, & reminisce with me about it all. 

Mum & Dad in Zambia, the spray from Victoria Falls can be seen behind Dad’s head

Dad had been a Draughtsman in different parts of the Scunthorpe steelworks complex, and retired in 1990. Outside of work, his love was music. He was an accomplished viola player, regularly performing in local orchestras across Lincolnshire & Humberside.

Dad playing his beloved viola with friends

He has always been proud of his family – his 3 sons Terry, Chris & Martin – and their families, which gave him 6 Grandchildren.

Derrick with his 3 sons, Chris, Martin & Terry, in 2019

Now we find ourselves grieving for him, and preparing for a funeral in the New Year. RIP Dad💔



Friends of Pakati news…

Following a recent discussion, we are delighted to welcome on board….

L to R: David Scott, Chris Walker & Roj Rahman

…the gentleman on the right!

Not only is Roj joining us, but someone – a mystery guest – has come to see us here in England. More about the mystery guest in 2023! Who do you think it might be???

Finally…Christmas greetings…

Friends of Pakati wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year for 2023!!

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