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Father's Day 2021: Messages and quotes for dads who have died

Today is a time to celebrate your amazing dad, wherever he is.
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Today is a time to celebrate your amazing dad, wherever he is (Picture: Getty)

Father’s Day can be tough for those whose dads and paternal figures are no longer around.

Seeing friends post pictures and quotes about their fathers can be a painful reminder of what you have lost – but, that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate your amazing dad.

Today can be a good time to show your love and appreciation for them, reflecting on happy memories, as well as remembering all the lessons – and corny dad jokes – they taught you.

Here are some messages and quotes to share either on social media (or privately) this Father’s Day.

Father’s Day messages for dads who have died

Having you as a dad was the greatest gift I ever received. Happy Father’s Day in heaven.

Rejoice with your family in heaven on Father’s Day as your family on earth remembers you.

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A father is a guiding light whose love shows us the way (Picture: Getty)

You’re always in my heart, Dad, this Father’s Day and every day.

Prayers are being uplifted in your honor this Father’s Day, Dad. I hope you are able to celebrate with Granddad this year.

Sending a prayer to you in heaven, Dad, instead of our traditional phone call on Father’s Day. I hope you get my message of love.

What I’d give if I could say ‘Hello Dad’ in the same old way. To hear his voice and see his smile, to sit with him and chat for a while. So if your father is still here, cherish him with care, for you’ll never know the heartache until you see his empty chair.

Your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.

‘If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.’ – Winnie the Pooh

man hugs his elderly father
Having you as a dad was the greatest gift I ever received (Picture: Getty)
Quotes about fathers who have died

‘When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.’ – Linda Poindexter

‘A great soulserves everyoneall the time.A great soulnever dies.It brings us togetheragain and again.’

– Maya Angelou

‘Say not in grief: “He is no more”, but live in thankfulness that he was.’ – Hebrew Proverb

‘A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.’ – Unknown

‘This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.’ – Harlan Coben

‘No matter how old we are, we still need our dads, and wonder how we’ll get by without them.’ – Jennifer Williamson

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‘My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever give another person. He believed in me.’ – Jim Valvano

‘Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero.’ – Bindi Irwin

‘My Father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.’ – Clarence Budington Kelland

‘I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.’ – Adabella Radici

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