My father was like Nanny Ogg

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My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby BaldFriede » Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:44 pm

My father died about six weeks ago at the age of 83. He was in some way like Nanny Ogg: He could be on first name terms with any person within five minutes, and after these five minutes that person would have had the impression he or she had known him all her life. This would have been the same had he met Barrack Obama, the pope or Angela Merkel. He never met any of them, but he met Ingrid Matthäus-Maier, who for many years was vice-president of the German parliament, the Bundestag. In Germany the highest office one can hold is federal president of Germany. The second-highest office is president of the Bundestag. Chancellor, as Angela Merkel currently is, is only the third-highest office in Germany. So vice-president of the Bundestag is a very high office too. Ingrid Matthäus-Maier sent a letter of condolence to my mother, in which she called my father "Hansi" (his name was "Johann", the German version of "John"), which only friends did.

She lives in the same city as my parents, Sankt Augustin, which is a small town near Bonn, and when my father was still able to move around a lot, which unfortunately he could no longer do in his latter years, he often met her, either at the local village fair, which takes place twice a year, or at party meetings of the local SPD group.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby Bouncy Castle » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:14 pm

Oh, Friede. I'm so sorry to hear about your father. Big hugs to you and your mum and brothers/sisters.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby chris.ph » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:18 pm

same from me friede
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:48 pm

Deepest commiserations on your loss. I am sure he will continue to live in your heart. *HUGS*
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby wicked woman » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:02 pm

Sorry to hear about your father Friede.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby Penfold » Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:25 pm

My condolences for you and your family Friede.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby janet » Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:07 pm

I'm very sorry to hear of your loss Friede. Your father must have been a wonderful man to have inspired such love and respect in everyone he met. My condolences to you and your family.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby BaldFriede » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:02 pm

There is a legendary (and true) story about my father. My oldest brother was born in the morning hours of Jan 27th 1959. My father was an excellent sportsman back then; he was good at football, boxing and wrestling, but the sport he was best at was handball, My mother went into labour the evening before. It was an extremely foggy night, and please remember that there were no halogen headlights back then. My father organized a taxi. The nearest hospital was a few kilometers away. The roads were also not lit well back then, and they had to take a country road to the hospital. The taxi driver said to my father: "I can't see a thing in this thick soup".

So my father took a strong electric torch and ran ahead of the taxi all the way to the hospital. The midwife, who rode in the taxi with my mother, turned hysterical and screamed "My God, the child will be born in the taxi" again and again. The whole situation would make an excellent scene in any movie - the woman in labour with the hysterical midwife in the back, the cursing taxi driver and the man running steadily ahead through the pea soup fog with a torch light. My father was 29 at that time and in top shape. it is a family legend, and my mother confirms that every word of it is true.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby ShadowNinjaCat » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:27 pm

I'm very sorry to hear about your father, Friede.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby The Mad Collector » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:12 am

So sorry to read about your loss Friede
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby michelanCello » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:45 pm

Sorry to hear about your loss, Friede, but I loved reading all about your dad, it sounds like he was a wonderful person and he shall be remembered by lots of people who loved and cared about him.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby BaldFriede » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:04 pm

He was a wonderful man indeed, and I only told very little about him. There are many anecdotes about him. He had a wonderful sense of humour, and for family feasts like weddings or birthdays he often wrote long and witty poems, which he also enacted. Yes, enacted, not just told. He was a natural born actor, something which I inherited from him (including the talent for poetry), and could improvise on the spot excellently. He often pretended to be a plain clothes policeman, of course not with any malicious intent, and people always fell for it because of his deep and authoritarian yet friendly voice.

Here is an example of the kind of pranks he enacted when he was around 20: He put shaving foam on his face and neck, poured cherry juice over his neck and then ran out of the house past two elderly women of the neighbourhood, shouting "Ah, I cut myself while shaving and am bleeding to death" (shaving was done with shaving knives back then). The two elderly women ran after him shouting "stop, Hansi, stop!", until he finally did stop and laughed at them as they stood there panting and exhausted. Pranks like that were typical for him in his youth.

Thanks to all for your condolences.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:51 am

Sorry to hear of youE loss Friede - sounds like youR father had a life very well-lived so his legends will be remembered with lots of affection by you, your family and friends.
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Re: My father was like Nanny Ogg

Postby pip » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:01 am

Sorry about your loss. Sounds like a man who will be well remembered
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