Of Tobermory, passed
away on the day of January 24, 2014, in his 79th year, of cancer. Lover
of literature, poems, sailing, canoes, golf and Ireland. Knower of (almost)
all things. Man's Weekend aficionado (past and present). Rum pot brew
meister. Master vintner. Predeceased by his parents William and Ruth
of Burlington, Ontario; his brother William of Chicago; his sister Pegi
of Fort Lauderdale; and his brother Peter of Toronto. Predeceased by
his first wife Betty Lou of "the County". Survived by his
second wife Lair Ries, of Cincinnati; and his son Sean of Kitchener.
Much loved by nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee;
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping slow,
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket sings;
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings. I will arise and go now, for always night and day I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core. - Yeats"So Long Dear Boy"… He is in a better place.
Thank You Lair, Luana and Michael for attending to him during his struggle, and to the nurses at Wiarton hospital. Donations to Wiarton Hospital or KW Habilitation Services.