Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Father's Day, everyone



I thought I would post a photo of our two fathers for Father's Day.
At the top is Paul Engley, my father, in 1939 or thereabouts. He's a young man, at the wheel of the Bangs Market delivery truck, and appears to be very happy with his job. Most likely it's a summer day on Martha's Vineyard, since that's when he delivered groceries for the market. World War II and service in India still lay ahead, and his marriage to Lucille Andrews and then four children, three boys and a girl. My dad worked as a fine carpenter on the Vineyard for more than 30 years. He died in 2001, followed a few weeks later by my mother. I found this photo among the stuff I cleared out of my parents' house.
Below Paul is Doug Dorchester, Dee's father. Doug turned 86 in March and, though with a few health worries, is still active. Doug is a retired Methodist minister, one of a long line of Dorchester ministers, and was in training in the Naval Chaplaincy program when World War II ended. He married his Connecticut sweetheart Jan Potter and fathered three girls and two boys. Doug worked for most of his working life in Christian Education for the Methodist Church in New England and New Jersey. Jan and Doug are now approaching their 65th wedding anniversary.
Two good fathers.

4 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

that would be three.
Happy fathers day to you!

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Meredith. I had a long phone call from our boy in Seattle, while selling pots at the art fair here in Falmouth.

paul jessop said...

Great post Hollis, it's nice to get some background, and both chaps look great, love the old photo.

Hollis Engley said...

Thanks, Paul. I've got to correct the record on my father-in-law's marriage, though. He and Jan have been married almost 65 years. If it was 60, that would make my 62-year-old wife illegitimate. And we know Connecticut Yankee Methodists would NEVER do that.