Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Uncle Joe

Uncle Joe died today. He was my husband's great-uncle and lived in the Lake District in England. We visited Dan's family in England during the summer of '05 and I feel so lucky to have been able to see this man in action: on his farm. He was such a sweet man and his loss is already deeply felt all the way over here "across the pond."

We were also very lucky to have been able to host both Uncle Joe and Auntie Dot at our wedding in Minnesota back in '04. Instead of doing the usual "toss the bouquet" deal, we had a dance where the DJ weeded out folks based on length of marriage. The last couple dancing was Auntie Dot & Uncle Joe so they got the bouquet. At the time, it was 46 years of marriage. I guess that means that they were married for 48 or 49 years then? Wow. Auntie Dot is on her own now, but with four sons, one daughter and loads of extended family still living nearby, she'll be well cared for.

Rest in peace, Uncle Joe. Thanks for the lessons about Herdwick sheep. This Knitter will never forget her English schooling on sheep and yarn.

8 comments:

Knittymama said...

So sorry for the sad news. He seems like a wonderful man!

Maria said...

What a wonderful rememberance for the family. He really was a sweet man and I was also so glad to be able to know him for the short amount of time that I did. Prayers that the family over there are comforted and celebrate the long life he had! Every day with our loved ones is a blessing.

ruth said...

So sorry to hear about your sad news. Sending warm thoughts your way.

kate said...

C~I feel that our world has lost a great man...a farmer!
Deepest Sympathies and love and light sent to you and yours
Kate
ps..I love the simple lines of your wedding dress..and the *headband* yes!!! Granola rocks! Did you wear white birks?

LaVerna said...

Sorry for your loss.Sounds like he was a great man.You are blessed for having known him.Hugs to you all.

Hege said...
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Eren said...

Oh Catherine,I am so sorry your your family's loss. But what a wonderful post in his honor. He sounds like a wonderful and gentle man.

Hege said...

Sorry for your loss. Sending some warm thoughts your way!