Stuart M. CowenJuly 8, 2017
Late of Maces Bay, NB. My dear wife Vivian Leona, went on ahead on July 28th, 1998, and now awaits my arrival. I just hope we wind up in the same place. To my family and friends I bid you farewell in body, but I do live on; in your thoughts – be they good or bad – I live on in the flowers, the grass, the trees, the birds, the animals, the early morning light of day and in the minds of those who knew me. I live on the shafts and tunnels of the mines in which I spent so much of my life. My thoughts are still with all who labour therein. I enjoyed my time with you – we had some fun – laughed, and shed a tear or two on occasion. But now I must rest. I’ll visit with those who’ve gone ahead and save a place at the table for you who will follow. If you will, please remember me occasionally. I would like that, but no mourning please. Death in old age is a solution, not a tragedy. The poet, William Savage Landor, says it best when he writes:
“Leaf after leaf drops off, as does flower after flower,
Some in the chill, some in the warmer hour,
Alive they flourish and alive they fall,
And the earth who nourished them receives them all.
Therefore, should we her wiser sons be less content
To sink into her lap, when life is spent?”
No visitation, no funeral; just raise a glass somewhere and say “Godspeed” and “I’m glad I knew ya!”
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road, Saint John (646-2424).