Newfoundland Memorial

Today, we celebrated my dad’s life in Newfoundland, where he and my mom grew up. The memorial began with a tribute by my Aunt Jan followed by a service and tea at St. John the Evangelist Church in Topsail. This also happens to be the church where my parents were married 35 years ago and the soloist, Frank Brinston, also made a repeat appearance! The rest of the afternoon was spent at my Uncle Harold and Aunt Cindy’s house enjoying the company of family and friends.

Toasting Dad

Toasting Dad.

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As this was Kane and Maverick's first time to the rock there were a lot of people excited to meet them. This is my cousin Renee.

As this was Kane and Maverick’s first time to the Rock there were a lot of people excited to meet them.

There was a lot of laughter and reminiscing. There was also tears and the comfort of family.

There was a lot of laughter and reminiscing. There was also tears and the comfort of family.

0605-Memorial-189Dad grew up next to Manuels River in Conception Bay South and the whole group headed over for a final tribute. After walking along the river trail we ended up where Dad’s family’s potato patch had been located.

Kane had carried Dad's Newfoundland urn into the church earlier in the day and was quite protective of it on our walk.

Kane had carried Dad’s Newfoundland urn into the church earlier in the day and was quite protective of it on our walk.

One of the readings; excerpts from a poem about Manuels River.

One of the readings; excerpts from a poem about Manuels River.

The final goodbye.

The final goodbye.

A quick mental health break : )

A quick mental health break : )

I'm a little sad my siblings couldn't be here, but am also thankful that we had our opportunity to say goodbye to Dad at Cowichan Lake in January.

I’m sorry my siblings, their partners, and my husband couldn’t be here with us, but I am also thankful that we had our opportunity to say goodbye to Dad at Cowichan Lake in January.

Another step closer to closure for my mom and the rest of our family. Thank you to all those who attended and those who sent well wishes. Our family continues to appreciate all of the support.

4 thoughts on “Newfoundland Memorial

  1. The is a wonderful tribute to your Dad and his large, caring family from one end of Canada to the other. You are “the best” daughter and our hearts go out to you and your family.

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