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Saluting our fathers!

WE SALUTE YOU: Peter Mudahy with son Ethan and daughter Jasmine

WE ASKED The Voice readers (and staff) to share their thoughts on fatherhood...

Davina Hamilton, entertainment editor with dad Basil Morris

Having always wanted daughters, my dad was thrilled when I arrived, followed by my younger sister. And he always took good care of his girls.

I remember a story my mum told me of how she saw me rolling towards the edge of the bed when I was a baby. Terrified, she froze in a panic and screamed.

Hearing her bellowing, it was my dad who ran from God knows where he was in the house and into the bedroom, just in time to scoop me to safety before I toppled onto the floor.

That protectiveness continued as I grew up. And while I didn’t always thank him for it – particularly when I hit my teenage years – I’m now truly grateful to my dad for his love. It was him who inspired my passion for English, always encouraging me to read and stressing to me the importance of clear pronunciation in speech.

He also taught me how to ride a bike and how to play the drums. Oh, and don’t get me started on his brilliant cooking – and his rum punch – which is legendary within our family. How his chest didn’t burst with pride on my wedding day, I do not know. He worked on his speech for weeks and come the big day, he did me proud. So dad, for all your love, all the pocket money, all the times you looked after me when I was sick, and, of course, all the lovely meals, thank you. I love you.
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Rodney Hinds, sports and features editor with dad Roy Hinds

My dad is the original Voice of Sport! I remember during my younger years watching sport with him most days.

Dad loves his boxing and cricket. He instilled in me discipline, based on the carrot and stick; there has to be work to be reward. He’s also been a great planner; strategy and execution has been key to his life and mine too! Blessings on Father’s Day.
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Trudy Simpson, news reporter with dad Norris Simpson

What I love most about my dad is how he can be counted on to be there for me when I really need him. I know if I needed help and I called him in the middle of night, he would come to support me no matter where I am.

He often encourages me and I can talk with him about so many things. I really admire how selfless, caring and loving my dad is and how he is always helping people in need. I am so glad God blessed me with the father I have.
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Kerrea Gilbert with son Kaylo

Although my son Kaylo is nearly three years old, there is still not a day that goes by where he doesn't continue to amaze me.

Even though I have to live away from home for my work, the bond between us is so strong, and the greeting he gives me when I come home makes the work feel all the more worth it.

Fatherhood has turned me from a boy into a man. I have learnt what is really important in life and count my blessings every day for being given such an amazing little boy.
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Warren Hamilton with daughter Niara and son Aidan

Fatherhood has been an enjoyable journey for me. Having a son has given me the chance to do so many things with him like bike riding and racing remote control cars, as well as making our regular trips to the barbers.

Then, after nine years of enjoying these father-son activities, I was introduced to the world of pink dresses and Peppa Pig when my daughter was born. She too has been a real joy, keeping me on my toes with her adventurous spirit, and she's helped me and her big brother learn more about girly things.

I'll soon be going to live abroad for work and I'll miss both my children. But knowing that technology will allow me to keep in touch with them all the time will keep me going.
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Gary Lestrade (1974-2012) with his daughter Abigail

Words by Abigail’s mum, Suzanna Downie

Fatherhood means spending quality time with your child. My daughter will always cherish the time she spent with her father, whether it be bike riding, going to the library or playing video games together.

Sadly, she won't be able to celebrate Father’s Day this year because her father recently passed away. So in closing, I urge all fathers to step forward before it’s too late and treasure the time you have with your children.

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William Leslie (front centre) with his children (l-r) Jai Boo, Earl, Garry, Tracey and Yvonne,

Being a father is a big responsibility. I try to be a good role model to my children. I have instilled in them the venture of being respectful to everyone at all times.

When I have gone, they can say, ‘this is the way my dad brought us up.’

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Lloyd Forster with son Jackson

To me, being a dad means being supportive and loving to a child as he grows up and goes through lots of changes.

It also means being a strong role model and an example of being hard working and responsible. Dads are very important to sons and I am happy to be a dad to my son.

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Luke Kaffo with daughter Eleanor

To me, fatherhood means responsibility, commitment, time, money, stress, joy, fulfilment and most of all, love.

The day I became a father was the day I knew the true meaning of love and understood the true reason we have been placed upon this earth. It has been tough but the endless, unflinching love you get from a child is a miracle to behold.

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Jay Findlater with son Jonathan-Riley, and daughters Sapphire-Rose (right) and Lisa-Raye (centre)

Being a father is enjoyable, rewarding and of course, hard work. I have a five-year-old son, and two daughters aged three and one month, and my two eldest children look up to me in such a huge way.

My son always says he wants to go to work like me, have a beard like mine, get muscles like me and drive the car like me. He watches everything I do and wants to emulate it, which is why I have to be a positive role model to him and my other kids. I hope that my children will grow to be better parents than we are and that their children will do likewise.

I believe that how you raise your kids, especially as a black father, is essential in society today. I feel I must show my kids that they can do anything they put their minds to even when things or people come against them negatively.

I feel my relationship with my wife is also crucial because my son will learn how to treat a woman as he gets older and my daughters will learn how a man should treat a woman.

I asked my two eldest kids what they thought of me and they both said I am fun. My son said he particularly enjoys play fighting with me and wants to do it more.

He also said he likes playing the games on my iPhone and loves it when I take them to the park!
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Richard Hylton-Mais and son Mikah

Being a dad: I have found this to be the most rewarding job I have. There was never any doubt that I would want and love a child/children, but I didn't realise how much one would change my life and my outlook on life.

When Mikah was born, the doctor told me to take off my shirt and hold him against me. I wasn't totally sure why at the time but it didn't matter because to me it symbolised the relationship that I wanted us to have – a close one!

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Mark Thomas and son Jeriah

Jeriah brings an immaculate uniqueness to fatherhood. His humour, facial expressions and witty remarks showcase just how clever he is.

He is warm, loving, friendly, prayerful, very considerate and well-mannered; all that a father could ask for. There are days I gaze at him with a smile, realising how much of an answered prayer he is. Love you Jeriah.

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David Chapman with son Jahdari

Fatherhood means me being there for the whole family – mother and child. Fathers have to support, guide and discipline, while at the same time make sure to be fun!

Fathers have to be mindful of legacy by remembering the past and seeing the future, but also remember to live in the present and just be there! What we put in is what we will get out, so as a father, my children’s and family’s success is ultimately up to me.

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Peter Mudahy with son Ethan and daughter Jasmine

Apart from the responsibility of having to provide for my young mouths, for me there is an underlined joy I get from being called Daddy.

Fatherhood for me, questions the future for my children and challenges me to plan and implement strategies for their development.

Do I teach them with my values as I was taught, or do I prepare them to overcome the knowns of tomorrow’s world and think for themselves? While at a young age with my children, driven by love, fatherhood is fantastic!
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Serina Lindsay with dad Vassel Campbell

I’m 30 and I still see my dad as a superhero that can do anything! He never makes excuses and has worked incredibly hard for all he has.

I have no idea how he remains so caring, loving, strong and reliable ALL the time. I love him dearly and wish him a happy Father’s Day – although he’ll probably be working!

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