Scott Thomas has shared fond memories of spending quality time with his father Dougie James who has died.
It was announced over the weekend that the soul star, who was also father to Adam and Ryan Thomas, died at the age of 72.
Speaking out about the sad news, Love Island star Scott shared a selfie of him with Dougie and a lengthy caption hailing the soul singer as a ‘Manchester legend’ and revealing how they ‘made up for lost time’ in the months before his death.
‘The word legend can sometimes be thrown around but when it comes to my Dad there was no question. He was the epitome of a star and you felt it every moment you were in his company,’ Scott began.
He continued: ‘My Dad’s life was one that he lived to the fullest and his stories would keep us entertained for hours.’
Scott noted some highlights from Dougie’s career, which including touring with the Jackson 5 and performing as James Brown’s support act as part of his group Dougie James and the Soul Train.
‘I used to be so proud when strangers from all over would come up to me and say are you “Dougie Jame’s son?” He knew everyone and touched so many lives,’ Scott said.
‘My dad just knew how to make people smile and he was genuinely the funniest man I’ve ever known.’
The TV star went on: ‘I can’t believe how truly lucky I was to have him living with me these last 6 months.
‘We’ve made up for so much lost time and shared so many little special memories. I would just watch him from across the room watching his old black and white movies and just be in awe of him. From dancing around the kitchen to deep chats I just can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have had that time.
‘My dad told me he had the best life and wouldn’t change a single thing. This might sound sad but he said he was happy for his time to be up and just didn’t enjoy being old. So as heartbreaking as it is that he’s gone I know it’s what he wanted deep down. He was just very tired.’
Scott revealed that Dougie was ‘on top form’ and ‘cracking jokes’ on the last morning they saw each other, adding that he had a ‘sick sense of humour’ and ‘always chose laughter [over] tears’.
The 32-year-old said Dougie would now ‘live on through me, Adam and Ryan’.
‘The legacy he has created will shine on through us and the Thomas’s for many, many years to come. He made me so proud to be a Thomas and even though he never really told us I know deep down he was so very proud of us. One thing he never struggled to tell me was that he loved me. Every night before bed he would tell me that and every time I left the house,’ he said.
Scott concluded: ‘I am my Father’s son and I will remember nothing but the best of memories. He really was a King ? Rest in Paradise dad, Iove you forever ❤️??.’
James is survived by his sons and his grandchildren, Adam’s kids Teddy and Elsie-Rose, and Ryan’s children Scarlett, who he shares with ex Tina O’Brien, and Roman, who he shares with girlfriend Lucy Mecklenburgh.
Credit: Original article published here.