Just wanted to share a couple of pictures from Geordie's
memorial service where we
spread his ashes off the dock at the cottage on Hamilton's
Island on August 10.
At about sunset my
family and friends assembled down by the dock.
there in silence waiting for the piper, a
730' long Laker went
silently gliding by
setting sun glinted
off an airplane, five
miles up, as if it was
some sort of sign from
Heaven. The piper then could be heard starting to play in the
distance and after a
moment he slow marched down to the waterfront where my
brother-in-law Rick said
few words and Val and Shannon read some selected pieces. Then,
with the piper
playing "Amazing Grace,"
Terry, Dick and I carried our vases of Geordie's ashes down
to the end of the dock and
gently tossed the remains in the water, handful by handful,
accompanied by rose petals
spread by the guests. As the petals and ashes slowly
floated away we threw
the vases out in the St. Lawrence River as far as we could and
watched as they floated out
of sight around the point. Meanwhile the piper continued
playing a "lament" while
silhouetted against the slowly setting sun until it was almost
too dark to see him.
The evening was perfect!
The cottage in Canada was Geordie's favorite place and I'm
sure he would have been
pleased with the spot we chose as his final resting place.
We want to thank all of you for your support during this very
difficult time and I'm
hoping with the spreading of Geordie's ashes at the place
where he found serenity
and contentment, we can start to heal.