* Photo supplied. The julian Hall we knew: they had their ups and downs, and their blazing rows, but Julian Hall was adored and idolised by his three daughters. Claudia, 17, left, Nadia, 27, second right, and Liana, 24, far right, are pictured last year at Mr. Hall’s house in Dockyard during the last Christmas they would spend with their father.
* Photo supplied. The julian Hall we knew: they had their ups and downs, and their blazing rows, but Julian Hall was adored and idolised by his three daughters. Claudia, 17, left, Nadia, 27, second right, and Liana, 24, far right, are pictured last year at Mr. Hall’s house in Dockyard during the last Christmas they would spend with their father.
One thing that I will always remember about my father is a phrase he once said to me: 'I am probably the smartest idiot you'll ever know and the dumbest genius you'll ever meet.' In my view, however, he was a genius. Period.

Words cannot express how much my heart grieves for his death; the hardest thing for me is feeling as though I never knew him as well as I should have.

I understand, now more than ever, what is meant by the phrase 'time is of the essence'. Julian Hall was most definitely taken too soon and, as his youngest daughter, I only wish I had more time to be with him.

When my mother and I moved to England after they separated I saw my father only occasionally; when he would take trips to the U.K. to visit his daughters.

At the age of 12 I was sent to boarding school and at that same time my father really started to become a constant present in my life. I remember the first time I visited him whilst he was residing in New York; it was one of my first long holidays from boarding school.

He decided to play the role of 'embarrassing father extraordinaire' and whilst riding an elevator in one of the many department stores in Manhattan, he started to sing my name at a considerably loud volume. I said to him, "Well, they don't know it's me', and of course he started pointing at me whilst singing it even louder.

Though I would never admit it, I took delight in this spectacle my father created. I was so proud to be his daughter that making it known was everything I could have asked of him.

In the days since his death, I have been hearing many wonderful things about him; I take comfort in knowing that those who really knew him will remember him as the incredible man he was.

He will stay in my mind and more dominantly, my heart, forever and always.