Bert Gilroy lost his first greatest prize the 29th of June this year 2009, that is his first born Rita Rea/Glen, my mother... born a few days before he won his 1st Scottish title in Sept. 1938 and just months after he became World Class and a top British Contender at a time when that still meant something.
while titles, fame and immortality faded Bert in the end, it was Rita his daughter who gave up life, home & family in Canada to come back 'home' to Scotland and look after her father Bert, and she spent 4 years back home doing so... but then again this is how she lived her life!
Bert's second daughter Catherine would later win a Regional Beauty Contest and all through that and after that people used to say, "you think Catherine's beautiful you should see his daughter Rita... they were right in many, many more ways than implied at the time.
God Bless you Mom and Thank you for loving all of us, as that's all you knew how to do. I'll see you soon, your Son, Jim.