A Thank You Message from Leta Goldwynn and Margaret Smith

My mother and I cannot express, enough, our gratitude and love to those friends and family that came along with us on this journey of Carlton Daniel Smith. As you all know, Carl was a unique and quirky guy who was always around when needed. Even while we lived so far apart, people were always giving me and our mom updates on where they happened to see him, usually very amusing stories.

We would like especially to thank some of you who extended your love and caring to us the weeks leading up to and after Carl left his body. Pierre, Patrick, Al and Bill thank you for your kindness, ferrying us around, paying our bills and cheering us up when we knew that your hearts were breaking too. For mom and I we met many of you for the first time, finally putting faces to names that we heard in stories given to us over cups of tea in mom’s kitchen in Moncton.

We know that Carl will always be with us especially when we are laughing, singing, drinking, carousing, loving or springing some fantastic bullshit on some unwitting soul, so let’s all remember to keep our spirits high so that we can mingle with him from time to time.

“Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.

Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
let it be spoken without effect without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was; there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner.

All is well.”

– Henry Scott Holland
 Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedral

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