Celebrating good times, mourning the bad
Happy New Year, everyone. It’s hard to believe 2018 is gone!
Malagash Church held its annual Christmas Eve Service and the church was full.
Rev. Connie led a terrific service which included a pageant and special music by the choir under the direction of Jannie Berkelaar. Jannie and Nancy Purdy delighted everyone with an organ-piano duet. The service always concludes with candles being lit from the Christ Candle and the singing of Silent Night. Refreshments
were enjoyed following the service.
It seems the holidays snuck up on many of us. Normally we mail out cards but all of a sudden Christmas is here and the cards are still not written. Oh well, my New Year’s resolution is to do better next year. December proved to be a very busy month with so many events, both happy and sad, taking place. I was even reminded by a fine gentleman that I didn’t have a column in the paper recently. A faithful reader who enjoys reading this paper. Thank you to my undisclosed follower, I will try better in the new year.
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Robert and Jocelyn Dobson have returned home after spending Christmas with their son and daughter in Hamilton, Ont. The Dobsons used to live in Hamilton so they did lots of visiting with family and friends. Glad to have them back with us.
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Our walking group took a brief vacation. We started again in the Malagash Community Hall on Jan. 7. We welcome new walkers to join us on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Our group, unfortunately, lost one member last week. Sheila Ross, who was my fallback when I couldn’t be there, passed away very suddenly following surgery. She sent me a text on a Monday telling me she was in the hospital and wouldn’t be able to join us for awhile but was looking forward to coming back. Unfortunately, three days later she passed away.
She was a well-loved and respected member of our community and will be missed. It was wonderful to hear the tributes by a longtime friend and her daughter-in-law.
Our sincere sympathy to her husband, John, daughter Julie and sons Jordon and Jason.
She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed telling us stories about their adventures.
Her Celebration of Life was conducted by Rev. Connie McNamara and included a solo by Sheila’s granddaughter and lovely piano pieces by Angela Trenholm.
A large reception was held following the service at the Malagash Community Hall where family and friends were able to socialize and share other stories.
John McMahon, of Wallace, also passed away — on Christmas Eve.
He was a butcher by trade and the owner of McMahon’s restaurant in Wallace. His funeral was held at St. John’s United Church with McNamara officiating. Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife, Joyce, sons David and John, daughter Nicole. A reception was held in the lower hall of St. John’s Church.
Russ and I also attended another Celebration of Life in Truro for an old friend, retired S/Sgt Chuck Johnson. He was 93 and had lived a long and lovely life. At the conclusion of his service a special hymn of Commendation entitled The Spirit is Released was sung. This beautiful piece was written by Rev. Valerie Kingsbury and the music composed by Chris Bowman, the church organist.
The refrain tells it all: “The spirit is released and returns from whence it came. United with the universe and divine eternal flame. The spirit in unleased and it spreads through time and space, infusing all creation with divine amazing grace.”
One of the verses goes like this: “But you still remain among us in the many thoughts we share. We’re filled with memories and stories that speak of your love and care.”
How true and may those memories and stories bring you all peace and comfort.
Here is a quote from a old friend of mine: “Life is like a mirror; we get the best results when we smile at it.”