Dad's funeral was today. A simple affair, as he would have wanted.
Yes, I did get back before he died Although he was unconscious when I arrived, he had been conscious when I reached Sydney so he knew I was in the country. From when I got the message in Ecuador, it took 57 hours to get home. (My suitcase took 79 hrs.)
It was lung cancer that got him in the end; a most unpleasant way to go.
My thanks to the Cuban Embassy in Quito who released our passports (they were there for visas) out of hours, "just this once".