As a pall of gloom descended over Rear Admiral S S Jamwal's home here following his death in an "accidental firing" in Kochi, his father Major Gen (retd) J S Jamwal Thursday fought back his tears to describe him as an obedient son, a positive thinker and a brave officer.
"Mera putter bahut farmabardar ladka tha. Kisi koy ko bee aisay bete pa kar fakhr hoga (My son was most obedient boy. Anyone would be proud to have a son like him)", Maj Gen Jamwal said as people from various walks of life poured in at his Trikutanagar residence here to offer condolences.
Sharing some of his memories, he said his son would call him regularly to enquire about his health.
"He called me at 8 PM the night before the death and asked about my health. I told him I was fine. He was worried about my health," the senior Jamwal said as tears welled up in his eyes.
Admitting that his death has come like a blow to him, he said, "Woh beta mera sab say ziyada nazdeek aur piara tha (he was the closest and dearest to me of all my sons)."
"He was a positive thinking person. Na he khud negative sonchta tha, nay kisee ko sonchnay dayta tha (He would neither himself think negative nor would allow anyone else do so)," Gen Jamwal said with a glint of pride in his moist eyes.
Gen Jamwal who cherishes every moment spent with his son described him as a brave officer, who always led from the front and for him honesty was the highgest virtue.
"He was a brilliant child and always wanted to join the Army and fulfil his dream to be a top Naval officer. He did what he had desired. I am proud of him as a father and the Nation is proud of him too", he said.
"I was shocked to receive the news of his death through a friend after learning about it from TV news. Prior to him, my niece called up to say ...Mamu ... Be brave ...there is bad news for you".
Gen Jamwal, who hails from Suchani hamlet on Jammu's outskirts, has had many setbacks of late, having lost his wife and daughter a few months back.
Meanwhile, several political, social and trade organisations here expressed condolence over the sad demise of Rear Admiral Jamwal saying it was not just a loss for the state but the entire nation.