Loving daughter Adrianne Peat is playing cupid on behalf of her 75-year-old dad.
Sadly, Geoff Peat’s wife Isobel died of cancer three years ago. The couple had been married for nearly 50 years and had four children.
Adrianne and Geoff were interviewed by Anton Savage on the Today FM show. Geoff said: “After Isabel went there was all of this loneliness. I used to light a candle when I was having my dinner every day and that was Isser.”
Adrianne spoke about how she got the idea to see if she could find someone special for her dad. She said: “I went for a drive with him last week in his old car and dad’s car is a very old Rover.
“The seat belt is an old type that kind of cups together, so when I sit in – because it’s an old seat belt – dad kind of stretches over and fixes me into it.
“It brings me back to when my mother was in the seat I was sitting in and when we were children…
“As I sat there I thought, Mam has passed and really we’ve got through a rough time to get to where we are today.
“The four of us are very comfortable with it and he’s unbelievably endearing.
“So when I was sitting there I had this feeling that I’d love someone to be sitting here, someone else to be in this seat, other than me.”
Geoff feels that after three years he is ready to meet someone new: “I thought about it for a good while and I said to myself, Let’s go with this, I’ve never been afraid to talk.
“I think there are thousands of people who lose their husbands and lose their wives every year and they have this terrible problem.
“We’re told time heals everything but time takes time, it doesn’t happen tomorrow.”
Adrianne is separated herself but feels that neither she nor her dad should give up on love. “The nicest thing in this world is to be loved and I think he’s just gorgeous…
“Lovely is the nicest word in the dictionary, it explains everything and everybody, my dad comes under that category.
“Lovely is perfect, it gives you a broad scope of everything and I would love dad to find another lovely lady who likes theatre, walking and singing.”
Geoff has now retired from managing his family’s electronics business but keeps active and helps run a committee helping people in the electrical industry who are experiencing difficulties.
He has clear ideas about what he’s looking for in a potential partner: “A young person would be absolutely no good to me.
“They’d need to be Dublin-based, preferably on the northside.
“Someone who’s interested in golf, theatre, travel, singing, walking – I’m not a great walker but I like walking when I can.”
So the search is on…we’ll keep you posted if Cupid calls on Geoff.
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