Such modern fuss is made regarding Halloween, the eve of All Hallows Day, otherwise known as All Saints Day in the liturgical calendar. Candy and costumes and zombies have taken over. However inclined you feel about the hereafter, the following more inclusive day receives less attention in most quarters: November 2nd ― All Souls Day. I leave you to your own theological convictions or research.
All Souls is a day when I remember, among others, the stars that flashed across the genealogy world's northern firmament. A few were passing acquaintances; most were friends. All had my deepest respect for their contributions to our educational growth, and above all, their warmth and enthusiasm for sharing.
Just some of our Canadian losses since the millennium; spare a thought and/or a prayer?
René Jetté 3 May 1944‒18 May 2003
Danny Johnson 25 August 1953‒22 February 2005
Sandra Devlin 28 November 1946‒1 February 2006
Ryan Taylor 18 June 1950‒25 September 2006
Ken Aitken 1947‒21 April 2007
Paul McGrath 1959‒23 October 2008
Clifford Collier 1929‒21 February 2011
Joan Miller 7 March 1953‒4 January 2013
Brian Gilchrist 7 April 1956‒1 May 2014
Elizabeth Hancocks 1928‒13 February 2015
Otherworldly as they are now, may they be free of age and illness and sorrow. A healthy sense of humour goes hand in hand with the best genealogical minds. They won't mind if I josh a little:
At my age, I'm often asked if I am frightened of death and my reply is always, I can't remember being frightened of birth.
~ Peter Ustinov
Or wax sentimental:
And I believe my voice will sound / Upon the whispering wind / So long as even one remains / Among those I call "friend." ~ Johnny Hathcock
© 2015 Brenda Dougall Merriman