The much-loved TV star and her daughter open up about their catastrophic loss a year after losing husband and dad Pete
Her eyes well up with tears and burn with the intensity of a mum’s love as Angela Bishop watches 11-year-old Amelia talk about how she made her beautiful dad his favourite chocolate cake for his 55th birthday.
“Daddy got a taste of his early birthday cake,” Amelia explains. “I had to blow out the candles – he had oxygen tubes and it could have blown up the hospital, and we didn’t need that.”
Her big, strapping “superhero” dad Peter Baikie lay in a hospital bed, knowing the end was near, still joking with the daughter he so adored, and sharing tender moments with Angela, who says she always felt safe in his arms.
“He had a lick of the icing, the rest of us had a piece of cake,” Amelia says with a hint of a smile, remembering her motorcycle-riding “daredevil” dad, who loved chocolate as much as she does.
Pete was just 54, and only days away from his birthday, which by that stage Angela and Amelia knew would be the last they would spend together as a family. “We were planning his birthday party for the following week and instead we had his funeral,” Ange says, chocking up with emotion.
GRIEF & TEARS
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November 26 2018