Date: December 1998
Hello Family and Friends:
A very Merry Christmas and the Happiest of New Yearís
from my family to yours. May 1999 be a memorable year for you.
The year began with a shock. My brother Brian died
on March 25th at the age of 62. He had just picked up his morning newspaper
from the paper shop and as usual had his dog Lucy with him. He had a
sudden and massive heart attack on the street. A Carol Mosey who worked
as a nurse at a local clinic assisted him, but Brianís attack was so
severe Carol was unable to help Brian. Gary, my son. Jackie, my niece
and myself, all flew to England for the funeral. Brian was cremated
at Overdale Crematorium on Chorley Old Road, Bolton on Wednesday 1 April,
1998. Graham Townshend, and myself read the eulogies. Graham is the
brother of Phil Townshend, Brianís son-in-law. Phil was unable to attend
but sent along a message he wanted reading. I thought I had everything
under control, but Philís words read by Graham had a deep impact on
me and I was unable to keep it together during the reading of my farewell.
Some of Brian's ashes were buried at Weaste Cemetery, Salford, Lancashire,
England, on April 6, 1998. The remainder were brought back to Canada
and placed at a spot in a local park called Police Point. Brian loved
walking here and sitting watching the birds on the river. Now when we
go there for a walk, which for me is most evenings with my dog, we sit
and chat to Brian for a little while. Itís a lovely spot and we know
that Brian is content and at peace.
This Christmas will be spent in Montana. Cora. Gloriaís
sister. Has a time-share condominium at a place called Whitefish. Itís
a golfing and ski resort. Cora and Dan, her husband, have kindly invited
us down. Jackie, Phil and their children Robert and Jenny will be joining
us. We all leave here on December 24th and return the 27th. Neither
Gloria nor myself ski, so it will be just a relaxing vacation.
Next year will be our 25th wedding anniversary. We
will be vacationing with some friends of ours who will also be celebrating
their 25th anniversary. We plan on spending just about a month in Ireland,
leaving here on the 1st of July. Our anniversary is in May and Bill
and Brenda are in August. Brenda is a teacher so is unable to get away
from work until the end of June. Bill and Brenda also have a time share
condo and have managed to switch for a week in Killarney and a week
in Galway. The other two weeks will be spent touring and bed and breakfasting
it. We will be taking our golf clubs of course. Speaking of golf I was
lucky enough to get another hole-in-one this year, my second so far.
This year Gloria assisted with putting on a
family re-union. They are held every three years, alternating between
different places in both Canada and the United States. This time it
was held in Canada on July 10, 11 and 12th, and the Medicine Hat family
members put it on. We had 139 people from three Canadian provinces and
eight US states. The farthest coming from Florida. They rented a sports
arena in a little town called Irvine, about 20 km from Medicine Hat.
The area outside of the arena was filled with motor homes and campers.
Everyone enjoys seeing and speaking to relatives they have not seen
for quite some time.
In August we held the Canadian Senior Games here in
Medicine Hat. Both Gloria and myself volunteered for the games. We also
acted as sponsors and took in a couple from Manitoba who were taking
part in the indoor carpet bowling.
Well thatís about all the news for this year. Take
care and best wishes
With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year.
Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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