Hello one and all,
My father’s funeral will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday August 17th at Cooke’s Presbyterian Church in Chilliwack. Google Map here.
The burial will take place before hand at the same cemetery where his parents, grandparents, and numerous relatives are interred. My father had expressed no real preferences for his remains, but we felt that given his overwhelming sense of history and family he belongs with the rest of the Calhoun clan, on the hillsides his grandfather once owned, ringed by the the mountains he climbed as a boy.
Any and everyone is welcome to attend the church service, and it would be a great comfort to the family if as many of his former students as possible could attend.
We realize that Chilliwack is a bit of a jaunt for his former colleagues and students; for that we apologize, but we needed the comfort of family ties to this particular city, cemetery and church.
I can hear my father’s voice in my head, telling me to make sure to inform those who come to watch their speed on the freeway, to make sure to fuel up their vehicles on the way home (as gas is cheaper in the Valley), and to be sure to check out The Bookman, the province’s second largest used bookstore (which is just down the street from the Church) before they leave town.
Though not a particularly religious man, the hymns we will be singing were two of my father’s favourites, particularly Nearer My God to Thee, which moved my father to tears whenever he heard it, as his father loved that song so much.
After the service, there will be a reception in one of the adjoining rooms, where coffee & tea, cookies, and my father’s favourite Shakespeare’s Birthday Cheesecake will be served.
Please spread the word.
James Robert Calhoun