Magazine December 18, 2017, Issue

Final Passage


The departed wanted no funeral. Instead there was a memorial service for family and closest friends. Since he came from, married into, and produced a big family, besides having many friends, the head count was around 70.

His town has a ye olde street, with half a dozen turn-of-the-17th-century fieldstone houses and a little graveyard full of Huguenots. The family association that maintains the site built a last-century meeting hall, where the memorialists gathered.

The deceased had requested that no black be worn, suggesting in its place Hawaiian shirts, and even though it was autumn rounding the far turn to winter, a …

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