Hi Dad, I Know that wherever you are and whoever you are with right now you are giving them your opinion on something. I loved how when we came to you with a problem or some advice you would give us the exact opposite of what we were expecting to hear and even add a few ideas of your own. It took me many years to work out your ploy of making us think for ourselves and work out what we knew was the right thing in the first place. Well at least I hope that is what you were doing, either that or I just did the opposite of what you said all my life....oops. Thank you for teaching us to care so much for others through all the wonderful, selfless examples you showed over the years, probably sometimes to your detriment. You were never showy but practical although you helped many close to you and even though they were not always appreciative you took it in your stride through your lovely Christian outlook and happy style. You grew up without a lot of material possessions yet provided for a family of nine and sometimes extra mouths all your life. We were never hungry or missed out on anything and we thank you for that. Life was not easy toward the end and there was not many days were you were idle, instead of relaxing in your later years and earning the rest you deserved you were fighting yet another battle especially with your health. It is not often a day goes by when one of the kids doesn't mention your name. We have wonderful memories and stories that will continue from one generation to the next. This will be the first time we have celebrated your birthday without you. The kids think we should buy KFC and make a day out of it, it always was your favourite. Although we don't stop to buy the dozen oysters in a bottle at the fish shop on the way to Bexley anymore, it took us awhile to get used to not stopping and we have a memory every time we sail past. We all miss you dad and we just wanted to wish you a Happy Birthday Johnnie, JB, Dad and Grandpa. Lotsa love Helen, Peter, Gabrielle who you affectionately used to call Gabriel, Carl and Jacqueline.
His life as a Husband, Father , volunteer and contributor to the local community and beyond, were marked with uncompromised integrity and uprightness. After 57 years of continuous trading in Bexley, a charter member of both Retravision, Bexley Rotary (JHF), and special contributor to Catholic life in Bexley, John Briscoe-Hough, has gone to rest. John was a fighter and protector of the underdog, someone always prepared to defend and uphold principles - whatever the cost - but, not someone who sort the limelight or honours.