Monday, June 05, 2006

Jack's Funeral

We attended Jack's funeral mass. Sharon, Tim and Tom all got up at the end of the mass and spoke. Tom thanked everyone and painted his father with a broad brush. Tim spoke the longest and told his dad's life story. I am going to try and get a copy from Tim; I think that it would be nice to have this story for our Jack to read someday. Sharon got up at the end and read a Marianne Williamson prayer that she had edited. All three of them did a wonderful job.

Along with Brun, Jim, Eric, Kevin and Erin, I was one of the pallbearers. I have never been a pallbearer. As aside, by tradition, sons are not supposed to serve as pallbearers. We carried the coffin from the outside of the chapel to the hearse.

We then moved to the gravesite about a quarter mile from the chapel. We carried the coffin from the hearse to the grave. Due to the fact that Jack was a veteran, there was an honor guard and a 21 gun salute. Each of the pallbearers set the rose that they were wearing pinned to their lapel on the top of the casket. A bugler finished the gravesite service by playing taps.

After the interment, everyone was invited back to Rosemary's house. A fairly large group from the funeral came back to the house for lunch. The family plus Brun and Jim lingered into the late afternoon.

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