Dad & Thanks
Rod Keen (Rod@GAIASYS.DEMON.CO.UK)
Wed, 14 Jun 1995 17:09:46 GMT
Warning this may get a bit wafflely. please forgive.
I hope that it does not get as long as some of Mike Waltons posts :-)
Robert S. Keen (RN, retd) 1916-1995 My Dad.
Just a quick note to say thanks for all of the prayers, thoughts & wishes that
have been sent regarding my Dad.
We had the funeral service on the 12th June at Dads church. On the preceeding
Friday my brother, Bob & I went to the church and recorded our feelings about
our Dad. I had managed to spend about 2.5 hours typing my tribute so I had got
rid of alot of tears and was able to do my Eulogy in one take. My voice broke
at the last couple of sentences. Bob, my brother, did his off the cuff and
found it a bit harder to do. We used some of Dads poetry and stories and all
worked very well. We both feel that we have done just what Dad would have liked.
and I was glad that I could get a White Ensign for a coffin drape.
Dad had left a "open after my death" letter to Bob & I and in it he asked that
one day we might have some of his "work" published. I have taken that task on!
Well..... apart from his autobiography, short stories, there's _pages_&_pages_
of poetry! During his war years he wrote home to Mum and always included
several of his poems. The good girl kept them all! I now have tons of stuff to
wade through catalog and put onto computer.
(request) If any of you have any experience of publishing or getting work
published or can give any advice as to the best way of approaching this job
please tell me!
His work includes..Autobiography, short stories(s), poems, skits, songs, hymns,
I can blame him for my photographic interest :-) When I was a kid I remember
him sitting me on his knee and showing me "The Albums". While he was in the
Royal Navy travelling around the globe (there doesn't seem to be many places
that he missed) he and another matelot decided that instead of drinking (etc)
with the local ladies they would make a killing. Dad bought a camera and his
mate converted a small locker room into a dark room. The two sold pictures
of the areas visited to the previously drunken sailors. free enterprise! I've
got those Albums. joy! Pictures of Pacific islands, Australia, East coast USA,
Canada, Med' area, Eygpt & Palestine etc etc etc.
He was on board HMS Hood and just missed out on being sunk by the Bismark. I
would tell you the story but I'll let you read it when I get his book
published. ;-)) You did put in advance orders didn't you!
Your messages of support have helped me tremendously during the last 10 days
and I have reread them several times. Debbie Freele reminded me about Kum By
Yah and its origins. This was one of the first songs I can remember Dad
teaching me and Debbie' note was well timed. (thanks Debbie, I did use it in
Well I did warn you that it was a bit wafflely but it has helped my by getting
some more of my feelings out. Life looks a bit more positive now the funeral is
over. Thanks again.
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