"Anthem" by Leonard Cohen

"The birds they sang at the break of day
Start again, I heard them say
Don't dwell on what has passed away
or what has yet to be...

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in"

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My grandfather, Jock (1934)

From my grandfather’s obituary (Montreal Star, 1935):

 “....at the outbreak of war (WWI), he acted as a recruiting officer for the Irish Rangers and eventually went overseas with them., transferring to the 14th Battalion, Royal Montreal Regiment and serving 17 months in the trenches. He took part in many important battles. He was gassed in 1918 and invalided home.

He never recovered from the gas poisoning, and suffered from tuberculosis. But he was always of a cheerful disposition and never complained, and frequently used to meet his many friends about the city with a joke and a smile.

He was attacked by cancer of the jaw and went to the hospital for radium treatment, but despite every attention, he gradually became worse and was taken to his home July 12, there to remain until his death Tuesday morning.....”

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