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My Dad, Paul Righetti
F/O Paul Adam Righetti
Dad left us to join Mum on April 9 th, 2011. He was born May 25th 1922 in Odessa Sask. the second youngest of a large family. His first training was as a teacher, and he taught before the war. Link to the service years here
With the summers off, we'd all go to the Odessa farm for the summer . I remember us planting rows and rows of potatoes, then having to clean all dad's garden tools in the sandbox until they shone! I wondered if the vegetables cared.
He was a stern but effective teacher, as an educator and father....and his few but lucky grandchildren and greatgrandchildren will cherish the memory of the most playful and sharing times they had with him.
He's now joined Mom and many of his cherished wartime Q-Queenie crew....Adam, Bill & Army. They are probably singing some old wartime songs together as you read this.
He may not have let the gang know how much he cherished their company in the scary war times...but he always let us know how important they were.
The R.A.F. reunions were a joy to him, and we were blessed to be a part of it & to have met so many of his Q-Queenie pals...
My Mom, Jean Righetti
My mummy had a stroke when I first got there in May ... and although I had her rallying, it was not meant to be, as she had another major one a week later...
Before signing up...Mum & her best pal
Found these in Winnipeg Free Press at the libray
Jan23 1942 - Anglican Young People Association
Mom wasn't a farm gal, nor was she a cook, but she quickly became both. I think we all admired her for her creativity and skills. She sewed our clothes and made crafty things from nothing.
A beautiful woman, inside and out....
I think of all the diapers Mom changed and washed in a decade ...the fairy stories she told... The fabulous meals she cooked for seven...the clothes sewn & mended...bandaged knees The hot chocolate in the wee cups as a treat for being out at the farm in Odessa in the summer . Climbing trees that seemed so high, and looking down at Mom's worried face!....
Just found their wedding announcement in the Wpg. Free Press archives so adding it...
Luckily, the Legislative Libray and the Manitoba & HBC Archives are but a bus ride away!
November 03, 2009
The passing of Q-Queenie crew member, poet & friend
Graham was a prolific poet...with many war memories penned and shared. We were most honoured to have hosted two gatherings while the crew gathered for Air Crew reunions here in Winnipeg in 1986 and 1992.
Squadron Leader W.E. Bill Miller DFC RAF
It was a pleasure to have met Bill and his lovely wife at our reunion gatherings. It was always known that he was well thought of and respected by the Queenie crew for his piloting skills. Every time he took them into the skies they knew their lives were in capable hands. We thank him for that..he is remembered often.
Here is the crew list. My Dad Bomb Aimer Paul Righettii, Pilot Bill Miller
CREW : ("Q-Queenie")
More about the crew here
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