David Cameron's hero father dies without meeting baby

Thursday September 9, 2010

David Cameron is mourning the loss of the father he described as his hero.

The prime minister was with his dad Ian, who died after having a stroke on holiday in France.

Mr Cameron flew to Toulon on being told that the 77-year-old had been taken ill by his mother Mary.

In an interview with Sir Trevor McDonald earlier this year, he spoke in glowing terms of how his father, a double amputee, had overcome disability to become a successful stockbroker.

"My father is a huge hero figure for me," he said.

"He's an amazingly brave man because he was born with no heels – quite a disability.

"But the glass with him was half-full, normally with something alcoholic."

Poignantly, Cameron senior did not get a chance to meet his beautiful new granddaughter Florence who was born unexpectedly early two weeks ago, while the British leader and his wife Samantha were on holiday.

Click here to learn more about how his courageous father inspired Mr Cameron.

Photo: © Rex

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