Tuesday, June 14, 2016

CELEBRATION OF 100 YEARS


Today is a day of remembrance in my Daddy Ron's family.
A day which honours his father Flight Lieutenant Gordon W.A. Troke
who would have been 100 on this June 14th, 2016.


Ron's father died on June 24, 1952 
based in North Bay, Ontario 
after re-enlistening for the Korean War.


were all his father knew and owned.










This information was garnered from "cieldegloire" website.
(if you decide to view this site ^^
you must translate from french. 
The photos above are the english version 
translated by Ron.....you'll noticed some unlikely translations)
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With only one memory etched in his mind of his father,
Ron says he always wanted to know his history, to know the feeling of flying
and his father's strength and fortitude of mind.
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This link below will show you spitfires flying and photographed by handheld method.
Ron said that these were the answer for him.
The crisp sharpness of the photos are so exacting and helped give a true feeling for his father's bravery and daredevil.
There is a video as well after the 5th photo which with the silence makes the moment even more profound.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3598540/The-Photographer-captures-pin-sharp-images-final-55-airworthy-Spitfires-using-just-handheld-camera.html

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Thanks everyone for my indulgence
and
may peace
surround you on this special day.




19 comments:

  1. A very special day Ron, and what a tribute to your Dad. A wonderful man, brave beyond what we can imagine, and those photos and the video a testimony to this. A photo of him with the plane, to have and to hold. Peace, that fleeting, temporary, instance that is so hoped and longed for, and this week after Orlando's tragedy, we wish for it all the more.

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    1. Hi Jean,
      The photo of Dad leaning against his place appeared on a FB page for World War II Aces. The fellow in charge of it sent me personally a hi-res version of the picture. So thankful for his kindness.

      I have plenty of stories from my Mom and her best friends.

      Thanks for your kind words as always!!

      Ron

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  2. I thank Gordon Troke and want to pay my respects to his family. God bless him for his service. What a terrible loss for his loved ones and his country.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Oh many thanks Janie ~~~ your so sweet.

      It's been many many years since his passing and he is missed.

      Ron

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  3. An auspicious day today! You look so much like your father, Ron. I enjoyed reading that "franglais" account of his wartime service. I know the Canada "flash" at the end is red, because I still have my father's from his uniform.

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    1. Nope, I'm wrong. Just got out my Dad's war scrapbook to check. What I have is his red PPCLI flash. The Canada one matched the colour of the uniform.

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    2. Oh thanks so much Debra ~~ Dad's world allowed us to have a comfortable life and education for myself and my brother. Untimely death changes everything in a flash ~ we survived and the fact that I am writing about it now means so much!

      Ron

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  4. I barely touched the surface of the wealth of knowledge contained here, in this beautiful tribute to your father, Ron. But, what I did investigate sure left a strong impression. The photo of your father leaning against the plane sends shivers down my spine. You are physically so like him. How sad he didn't have the opportunity to get to know you. I believe he would have been very proud of your creativity, honesty and steadfastness in celebrating all of the things and people in your life that you love. As for the depth of loss of a father's guidance, I can only imagine. I listened to the video of Geoffrey Wellum talking about flying spitfires. There were more shivers inspired by his comments when he saw the 12 Spitfires take off at the Flying Legends, "Those cockpits were full of ghosts. Old friends.." Finally, I checked out the link to the photographer, John Dibbs. Oh my goodness, the images he managed to capture with the help of extraordinary pilot, Tim Ellison. The 4th photo from the end just blew me away!!! Thanks, Ron! Beautiful tribute to your dad!

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    1. Yes, Carol ~ Dad's and mine resemblance is uncanny. He was an athlete while in university planning on attending the Olympics but alas the war began and stopped that right away. The videos are quite telling aren't they. The one that is very quiet is the one that stopped me still. I just imagine being inside the cockpit sailing across the landscape just as Dad would have experienced. Also, that 4th picture, wasn't that amazing!! I couldn't keep my eyes off of it. Truly capturing the moment and feeling.

      Thanks Carol and a big HI to Bill and Black Jack!!

      Ron

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  5. A wonderful tribute! I'm sorry you lost your dad so early in life. You have so much to be proud of.

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    1. Many thanks Martha. My father had a joie de vivre and a need for speed as the spitfire airplanes can attest. I have his record journal which I may use as a base for some posts......oh yes plenty of WWII photos too. Must invest in a scanner so I can properly show the photos.

      Take care and all the best!
      Ron

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  6. Ron, you look so much like your dad...such a brave man...he would have been a joy to know...like your wonderful mother....Happy Birthday to him....

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    1. Oh HI JoJo....such kind words.......today was a strange day (in a good way of course) ~~~ 100 years is such a long long time and yet the photos helped so much.

      I trust you are all excited about your father's 100th BD too!!

      Cake and Jiving sounds good, eh!!

      Winks!

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  7. This is a wonderful tribute to your father, Ron, certainly not an indulgence! People must remember the courage and sacrifice of those who chose to serve our country. Reading about your dad gave me chills. I can't imagine what it must have been like to fly a spitfire! I've watched airshows in awe of the pilots' skill, but your father flew in war!

    I look at his face, and I see you! You have his strength and fortitude too. You've just used yours in a different fight. Thanks for sharing your father's history. You have every reason to be proud of him and honor him! He would be proud of you!

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    1. Oh thanks so much for your kind words Louise.

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    2. Hey, Ron! I just calculated how many miles I've walked from my home in Aurora on my way to St. Anthony, NF. I'm about 4.6 miles from your house!!! I should get there before the week is over!!!!

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    3. Hey if you need a lift or a friendly wave, well we are available!!!!!!

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  8. Wishing you love and sweet pride, Ron. It's obvious where you got YOUR good looks from.

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    1. Many thanks Mitch and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you!!!

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