Keelings elevated to aristocracy – Grandpa nearly dies of exposure – Cally buried
As many of you know, Grandpas younger sister Cally died last Monday morning 13th December age 74 after a long illness almost certainly caused by her lifelong smoking. The funeral was yesterday in her home Lohr am Main, Germany.
|Later in the Chapel|
Emma and Jacob and two of their cousins also got up and said some words including how Cally had suffered her illness and frequent hospitalizations without complaint and how she kept her sense of humour.
Eventually the priest did his magic and we left the church. The village was sub-zero and clad in snow. Grandpa refused a lift to the cemetery and a coat proffered by Granny – 'he did not like it'. We proceeded at a very slow pace down icy paths. The cemetery has quite a large building in the middle, which is a sort chapel of rest, and there we found the coffin surrounded by flowers including an arrangement from Jocelyn Keeling and family (first pic).
|The family grave|
May Cally rest in peace and may her descendants thrive - as they said when we left, "Next time, let's not meet for a funeral!
|Grandpa wearing the reviled coat|
Dear George, A very accurate and fair report. No wonder your daughter is a journalist. Thank you so much for being there and arranging our Paris hotel. It was just what we wanted. And we had an excellent lunch in the brasserie next door, which set us up for the last part of our journey arranged by Tom. Love Mum
Posted by: Mum | December 20, 2010 at 04:00 PM
Can anyone send the artilce about Cally' funeral to Mum as I know that she wold like to see it? thanks her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by: NIck Crean | December 20, 2010 at 11:43 AM
George and Tom - well done! LoL Jim
Posted by: Jim | December 20, 2010 at 09:51 AM
Brilliant George. Practically feel I was there. Just spoken to Mum, she called from Paris, on their rather complicated return journey. Perhaps Dad can get himself a new jacket while he is there!
Posted by: Paul Keeling | December 19, 2010 at 10:45 AM
Thank you George that was very nicely done, Simon
Posted by: Simon | December 19, 2010 at 08:53 AM