Sorry to hear about your dad, very tough situation for a person and family to go through. Visit him often and try to keep his spirits up and his mind active.
Great classic pipe. The lovat is a wonderfully practical and efficient shape with its straight shank and abbreviated saddle stem. They just smoke brilliantly. I have several and they are outstanding, and quite under appreciated.
These are horrible times and all sorts of horrible people are prospering, but we must never let this disturb our equanimity or deflect us from our sacred duty to annoy and hinder them at every turn.