Jan 5 2020

Happy Birthday

Been thinking about you on and off all day today dad, happy heavenly birthday on what would have been your 74th. 🎂💜

Luna Park

Jan 13 2019

A Wonderful Father

A family photo as it should have been. ❤

A wonderful father gone to rest,
For each of us he did his best,
A better father no-one could find.
God took his hand and made us part,
He closed his eyes and broke our hearts.

Sadly missed and loved always.

Jan 5 2019

Happy Birthday Dad

Happy birthday dad. I had a drink for you tonight and to finish the day off there was the most beautiful sunset I have seen in a long while, which I was able to capture to treasure. All our love.

Sunset: Saturday 5th January, 2019

Feb 2 2018


With the office move, I’ve scanned some more of the old newspaper memoriam notices from the Sunraysia Daily over the years.  Today I’ve added another 9 years worth.

Jan 28 2018

Quick Update

I’ve just had a major move/declutter of my desk (I lost my office to one of the kids) and in the process I found an old email dating from 2011 from Tony Piscioneri that I had in my to do pile (don’t laugh).  Anyway, Tony had provided some more information about a photo uploaded in 2008.  Sorry Tony for being so slack in adding the info.  xx

I’ve added the information now on the original post, take a look back here.

P.S.  I’ve added the background music back to the website, there is a pause button in the top right corner if needed.

Jan 13 2018

Love You Dad

Our thoughts have been with you all day dad, on this day that we lost you 38 long years ago.  xxx

Jan 5 2018

Happy Birthday Dad

Today marks what would have been dad’s 72nd birthday.  He hasn’t been far from my mind today.

I’ve spent a bit of time setting my scanner up for use again to start scanning more photos.  So here is tonight’s effort another photo from mum and dad’s wedding of them signing the register.  I will try and scan the rest of the wedding photos and put a few shots up on the next post.

Signing of the register

Dec 23 2017

50 Years

On this day 50 years ago dad and mum were married in Red Cliffs, Victoria. So starts the next chapter of photos that I will be posting in dad’s life. This photo is the traditional parents of the bride and groom shot, featuring my Nonno and Nonna next to dad and Nanna & Grandad next to mum.

Wedding Day 1967, Red Cliffs, Victoria

L-R: Giuseppe & Giovanna Dichiera, Pasquale Dichiera, Helen Jensen, Helen & Roy Jensen.

Nov 11 2017

Elevate Training & Labour

I just wanted to take a minute to share and plug this website.  Elevate Training & Labour is my brother’s business and I have just completed this website for him.

Elevate Training & Labour are available to train a large range of RII training courses for the mining and civil constructions industries (specialising in cranes & dogging / rigging).  As most know Michael is located in the beautiful Whitsundays at Proserpine, so his business serves these locations; Whitsundays, Mackay, Townsville, Moranbah, the Bowen Basin mine sites and other areas as required.

Sep 13 2017

A Memory

I’ve been attending my children’s school assembly most weeks and they start by singing the national anthem “Advance Australia Fair“.  Standing up and singing with the kids has brought back quite a vivid memory I have of the day Dad went to vote for what the new Australian national anthem would be.

It was 1977, there was a referendum with a plebiscite about the national anthem – I have since found that the date was 21st May, 1977.  I was 9yo, Michael 7yo and I remember walking in with Dad at Irymple and him explaining what he was doing.  It’s so vivid a memory, that I can see the red bricks of the building, remember the beautifully green manicured lawns and all the people that were milling around out the front.

Waltzing Matilda was also a choice and my favourite choice at that particular point for the anthem, and I remember being a little disappointed that it was defeated.  But for the life of me, I can’t remember how Dad voted or if he even told us what he voted for.  In a way, I hope it was Advance Australia Fair especially because of the anthem’s second verse that really is so significant to us given we’re the grandchildren of Italian immigrants (on one side anyway).  Migrants who left their country in 1938 for a better life and found it here working hard in Australia.


Aug 9 2017

A Family Gathering – Cousins

I’ve spent today cleaning up this blog. The last time I went to update I found some major problems with images and the blog software – it ended up being too big a job to complete in one hit. But I’ve had more success today with all the images and links now working properly again.  I even have the menu items across the top linking to the correct galleries again.  I’m sure I could spend a lot more time on it, but for now will leave you with this image that I scanned quite a while ago. It’s a bit of a sneak peak into the next series of images I will be scanning…

Update:  Upon looking at this image again, I’m not sure if it is at my parent’s wedding reception or my dad’s 21st.  The tie my dad is wearing made me think it was his 21st, however looking at some more of the wedding photos I can see that his tie was changed to this style for the going away outfits.  Mum is not sure, so I have sent a message to Jim Crisera to see if he can remember.

From L-R:
  Fred Frasca, Sam Dichiera, Jim Crisera & Pat Dichiera (Dad)

Jan 13 2017


Today marks 37 long years since you passed Dad, since we last saw that smile.  We think of you often and try to bring you into our children’s lives as much as we can.  Love you always.   xxx

For the first time in 37 years, I haven’t put a memoriam notice in the Sunraysia Daily for today.  I’ve decided not to do it any more and just post our memories here.

Dad with his mighty Datsun Bluebird

Jan 5 2017

Birthday Wishes

Birthday wishes Dad.  xxx

Jun 16 2016

1964 Irymple FC Photo Update

Well here it is folks, an undamaged copy of dad’s runners up Under 18’s team from 1964 (see original post here).  With thanks to the power of social media, some of dad’s old team mates and their family members contacted me and we now have this copy.

Irymple Football Club - Under 18's Runners Up - 1964

Very special thanks to Michael Allen and his wife Patti for taking the time to scan this image from their collection.  Also thanks to Marg Young who also took time out of her day to track down a copy from the Bottoms & Morris families.

Jun 8 2016

Lost Mildura

Recently I posted a copy of this photo of dad’s Under 18’s AFL team photo from 1964 on the Facebook community page for Lost Mildura.  Through that post I was contacted by a few people that either played in the same team with dad or with the club about the same time.  One of which was Stan Middleton.  Stan a returned Vietnam veteran is a lovely man only 3 weeks older than my dad.  He shared the following memories with me as well as a new photo we have never seen before of dad during his time with Irymple Football Club.

“I knew both Sam & your Dad.  Both I think through the Irymple Footy Club & Mildura Tech.  Also they used to catch the Cardross bus to school I am sure.  I came from Cardross but played footy at Irymple.

Always liked your Dad.  A good man!  Also sad to see that Sam passed away about 5 years ago.  If I remember correctly he ran the service garage station at Irymple!  I knew Terry Bottams very well.  Terry caught our bus as well and also played footy at Irymple.

Will attach a few photos from the footy club which you may recognise many!  Your father in at least two.  One was when we unfurled the 1962 Flag in the first game of 1963.  So we definitely played together in the same team.  Often your dad was a year behind me as his birthday was January & mine December resulting in me going to the next age group a year earlier than Dad.

Here are some Mildura Tech days photos which will feature some of your Dad’s mates.  I was a year ahead so I don’t think he is in any of the photos.  Mostly my year!


Anyway Sharon will close now but be rest assured your Dad hasn’t been forgotten by many that knew him.  I am one!”

– Stan Middleton.


Unfurling of the 1962 flag for the first game of 1963.  Dad is 4th player from left.