I do NOT know which camera to recommend unless you think your father would like a digital SLR. If so, I have a SONY A100 that should now be fairly inexpensive. It is VERY suitable for a novice to moderately knowledgeable photographer. It does NOT do everything the more expensive ones do, but it is fairly powerful for what it costs! AND, it DOES have image stabilization!
I am just tomorrow returning a Kodak Z1285 that I bought for my wife, a NOVICE at photography. When her photos did not look too good, I tested the camera. I have 45 years of experience in photography and know what I am doing. Either the one I received was defective, OR the Kodak tech support people were right and the model has what I would call a "design defect." Kodak's techies called it a model "limitation." In the two easiest to use modes, SMART SCENE and DIGITAL IMAGE STABILIZATION (the mode you would at least use for telephoto shots) the camera would NOT focus on any subject beyond approximately 20 feet! I spent several hours today reading reviews and comments about the Z1285. Apparently, difficulty focusing is a COMMON problem.
AVOID the Kodak Z1285.