[Northkeep] A grim day for Ian

Ld.blackmoon ld.blackmoon at cox.net
Sat Feb 26 02:18:38 PST 2011


sorry ian, take care , everyone will understand if your not at pop  : (
Be Safe , Be Happy, Have Fun .
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From: "Jerry & Teresa" <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net>
To: "'The Barony of Northkeep'" <northkeep at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2011 9:18 PM
Subject: [Northkeep] A grim day for Ian

> Just a few hours ago I received a call from my mother that the father of 
> my
> father, my last surviving grandparent has passed away in the lands of
> Calontir.  The eldest surviving member of the Herring Clan well into his
> 90's. A farmer all his life, a hard working oak of a man but also good and
> kind, truly salt of the earth. His kind are rarely seen these days. 
> Another
> of those gentlemen from a bygone day that had a hand in shaping who I am. 
> By
> far the strongest and mightiest man I have even known.and I feel I have 
> come
> to know some very mighty men.manys a time I watched him move the great
> weight of thick  oak logs and farm equipment all on his own and wonder at
> how he did it without injuring himself. When my father was younger he and 
> my
> grandpa were out cutting wood when the tree fell the wrong way and landed 
> on
> my dad.pinned under the tree my uncles say that my grandfather lifted the
> tree himself enough that my father could be pulled free. He was a veteran 
> of
> second great war in Europe where he served with honor in the Army Air Corp
> as a mechanic. He and a fellow mechanic were recognized for developing a
> modular replacement for the brake system of the fighter planes they
> repaired. Grandpa was always a clever fellow making puzzles in his shop or
> finding ways to repair the farm equipment on his own. He used to run a 
> small
> custom saw mill and men would come from all over just to acquire some of
> Missouri burled walnut, straight grained white oak, or red cedar for their
> mantles or some special woodworking projects. The works of art that it 
> were
> made from timber milled in my grandfather mill decorated the home he 
> shared
> with my grandmother for many decades. Many other pieces crafted from
> Grandpa's timbers reside as treasures in homes and businesses stretched
> across these united states.  My grandfather was from a large family half 
> of
> which were boys and he begat three strong sons himself, my father among
> them.  In his 86th year my grandfather was struck by a tear in a vessel 
> that
> bled out into his brain partially paralyzing him and causing massive brain
> damage. Richard Herring spent the last 4 years of his life living beyond 
> all
> understanding of the doctors who had treated him, they all said they had
> never seen man with so much damage survive. I always thought it was his 
> way
> of finally getting some rest after all those years of back breaking toil 
> in
> the fields. Although he was truly not the same after that, he never spoke
> and could not walk again but he did live on. At 6pm today while napping
> after his evening meal and having had a visit from his youngest son he
> slipped quietly away to go on ahead and hopefully reunite with my
> Grandmother.
> Many of you know me and know I take great pride in the part that my two
> grandfathers played in making me the man I am. I had hoped to attend
> populace on Monday If the plans allow it I will still be there to share 
> your
> good company and to find some enjoyment before dealing with the duties 
> that
> a grandson owes such a man when his time is done. If not in attendance 
> then
> you will  know where I will be, with my family honoring him.
> Kindly
> Ian
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