I knew you over the last forty years,
At first a distant work acquaintance
then placed closer as we grew a friendship
Which I valued, as did you.
We found in you the constancy of granite you were
A kind of anchor round which we could
Always return, always secure in the comfort
Of being accepted, with an open heart and mind.
You became the trunk of a mighty tree,
Spreading its branches in shelter, strength, and shade
Growing first through the years
For your loved and loving family:
A patriarch to its three generations, yet always
Able to offer space, a meal, and conversation
For a stray outsider like me - links leavened
With your empathy, wit, and great heart.
But one quality unique in my experience
Was the bond built with your dear Georgina.
This partnership showed strength and love,
Which example I found too late from which to learn.
Underlying it always was your sensitivity awareness of each other
Undiluted by the years. But above all the struggle, the hard work
Needed to succeed never to become complacent; never take for granted.
This fire radiating from you both, which in love and some envy we salute.
Geoff D Bolton, July 2008