Welcome ryebass to the forum. I`m sorry for the loss of your father ,no doubt he had expectation of living to see paradise restored to the earth or he had hope of being taken to heaven as an annointed one.
In any case he died before any of these things eventuated. Like so many before him.
And so many will have this dissappointment after him.
I can relate to many good times my family and I had while we were JW`s at socialising outside of KH meetings restuarants ,camping ,getting together at friends homes for scrabble ,drinks,or watching football.
Maybe I was in a more liberal Congregation than most.
I was a MS who hung around with Elders.
I`m sorry I`m not anywhere near Springfield MA, I just wanted to welcome you and hopefully make you feel a little bit at home here
I`m actually in Australia.