I haven’t often seen someone write the official newspaper obituary for a relative, but Richard Dawkins has just produced one in The Independent for his father, Clinton John Dawkins, who died December 8. (Richard’s own official first name is also “Clinton”). Dead at 95, father John had a varied life that took him from Mandalay to Kenya (where his son was born) and finally to a family farm, Over Norton, in the UK:
They turned the big house into flats, specialising in colonial servants sent “home” on leave. Tractors didn’t have compulsory cabs in those days, and Farmer John, wearing his old KAR hat (think Australian bushwhacker) could be heard across two fields bellowing psalms at the top of his voice (“Moab was my washpot”) on his diminutive Ferguson tractor (diminutive was just as well, since he once contrived to run himself over with it).
Condolonces to Richard on the loss of his father.
Clinton Richard (l.) and Clinton John (r.), from the Dawkins website