[Northkeep] A grim day for Ian

aoife at cableone.net aoife at cableone.net
Sat Feb 26 08:43:55 PST 2011

Oh Ian.  My condolences to you for your loss.  May you carry those 
memories you have written about him be carried in your heart forever.


On Sat Feb 26  3:18 , 'Jerry & Teresa' <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net> sent:

>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
>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.
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