A time for farewell

This morning I am off to say my last farewell to a good friend who lived nearby. The last year was difficult for him and for his wife and daughter who lovingly shared in his care. A joiner by trade he had very gifted hands and it was a pleasure to watch as he caressed and not just handled a piece of timber.

Mention music and dancing – the Tango was his particular favourite – and his eyes danced with joy.

The pain and suffering are now over so may he reap the reward of his Tango heaven.

Rest in Peace.

15 thoughts on “A time for farewell

  1. Baino

    I’m so sorry for their and your loss Grannymar. It’s sweet that someone’s passing is gently remembered. Funerals are amazing events, sad, funny, meeting people you haven’t seen for a long time but still events we’d rather avoid. God’s speed.

  2. Nancy


    Sorry about your neighbor. I know from reading your daily posts that you were a good friend to this family .

    It is a sad day, but loving friends like yourself help us to weather the storm and return to our own lives in better spirits.

  3. Grannymar Post author

    Thank you Baino, Judy & Nancy. These were a very genuine gentle couple, both over 80. Today I learned they met in the year that I was born! After such a long time together it will be all the more difficult for the remaining partner to adjust to a single life.

    All I can do is be there for her when the phone calls stop – as I know only too well they will!

  4. Magpie11

    GM I’ll put aside a time to think about your friend…For years I’ve wanted to Tango….my father in law could reduce grown women to jelly with his Tango…

  5. Grannymar Post author

    @Magpie – Thank you. Dancing and singing are two talents that I would pick if the choice were down to me. The monday I arrived into this world left me with ‘wooden legs’ and a croaky voice! 😉

    @WWW – He was a pleasure to watch as he worked and he loved to be asked for advice, the more tricky the problem the better he liked it. His workshop was an Alladin’s cave and an orderly one at that!

  6. Brighid

    What beautiful memories, his legacy for you to pass forward.
    We had three immediate family leave us in 08, one from living long, one that few knew, and one that fought so hard and painfully to stay. All go on thru us, with us.

  7. Grannymar Post author


    What a tough time you have had in 2008. May the Love, pain and experience of the past year give you strength to move forward and share fresh hope for the years and times ahead.

  8. Dorothy Stahlnecker

    So well said and beautifully received..Nice that you took the time to share your admiration with us so we could if only for a moment think about his life…

    Dorothy from grammology

  9. Nancy


    When I read your answer to Brighid I thought to myself,” Honestly, Grannymar should work for Hallmark….”

    I mean it, you certainly do have a way with words…..

  10. Grannymar Post author

    @Dorothy – This couple were rare in my neighbourhood – welcoming when I called and kept in touch by phone, particularly when I returned from a holiday or a few days with Elly.

    @Nancy – You flatter me!

    @Paddy B – 😀


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