A gentle man, my dear Dad, Peter Verkley, quietly passed away this moring Monday October 15 2007. Seeing his used up old body lying in the bed one can’t help see that one’s spirit makes the body shine. Dad’s spirit was always happy. Life sometimes was tough but he would stop face it and accept what was given and move on. If you can’t change it then you must accept it was his credo in life. It is your attitude that matters. As his son he never pushed me to do anything. He let me make my choices and supported me but never dictated his opinions on what I was doing. I think one of the most important lessons was learned early in my life, if you take on a task it was your responsiblity. My Dad never came to check if I did complete it nore did he finish the job. He never was one for big congratulations on a job well done, rather he just quietly gave you the feeling he was proud of you.
My fonest memories of both of my parents was Sunday’s at my parents home. We never played games, watched TV but we discussed everything. I can’t remember a subject that we didn’t cover. The best part was everyone was always aloud their opinion.
Dad’s legacy was his spirit. He loved my Mom and his family. His spirit showed us that angry need not be part of your life, I can’t remember him ever being angry for longer then a few moments. Another treasured memory he left us with was his creative wood working art.
In the last few years the intellectual Dad had left me, I mourned the loss of a spirited converstation. I was forced to accept he couldn’t on a physical level acknowledge me as his son. I remember being at the home alone with him, nothing to talk about for there was no memory to share, just quitely sitting beside him holding his hand. He may not have known me in the physical but something was shared in the spiritual. My last visit with him was with Patti-jo at the home and he was very active. We talked small talk and we watched him eat his supper like he was hungry. He cleaned the plate. I remember saying to Patti-Jo that this was the best visit I had with him in a long time. I think I saw him differently and his spirit knew to give me a good memory of him.
I could go on with memories of my Dad but really he was only part of the whole that being Mom and Dad. Their lives were one. As my life moves on I can say that I was blessed to be born to these fine parents. Their book is now finished and I must now write my own.
They left me with a very rich legacy.
Thank you Mom and Dad for being my parents. I love you both.
Coop’s Children in Holland
While we carry on the tradition of Grandma Verkley’s summer picnic, let’s celebrate a few things:
First of all, there are a few milestone birthday’s: This Sunday come to Paul’s house prepared to toast to Phil, Vincent and Wilfred’s 50th.
Also, there will be a wedding shower for the eldest Verkley grandchild. That’s right, Lisa and Jeff are getting married in December but they will be leaving for Nova Scotia at the end of August. They are registered at Sears should you wish to buy them a gift. Alternatively gift cards are very easy to move. 🙂
So, let’s get ready to celebrate in traditional Verkley style. Bring your lawn chairs and a contribution to the potluck meal.
It should be a great afternoon. I can’t wait to see everyone!
Be sure to pass this information along to anyone that might not otherwise have perused this site before this weekend.
Jeff and I are back from our house hunting trip in Nova Scotia. We found a beautiful home! It’s 15 minutes south of Antigonish in the Lochaber area. It’s a Cape Cod style, 3.6 acre, 4 bedroom house on the side of a hill. Lochaber Lake is right across the road giving us an INCREDIBLE view. We move out in a month and are really excited about it – and for getting our stuff out of storage!
Here it is:
Jeff and Lisa are engaged!! We’re also moving to Nova Scotia! Jeff has won a huge job competition for a detachment supervisor position in eastern Nova Scotia (in the village of Sherbrooke – about a 2.5 hour drive north of Halifax). At best guess, we’ll be moving east later this summer. We’ll know more details in the next couple of weeks as the paperwork goes through. Wedding details are still in the preliminary planning stages.
Our beautiful daughter, Hadley Marie Verkley, was born on Tuesday March 20, 2007 at 2:37pm. Weighing in at 8lbs and a tall 21 inches. Thank you to everyone who has send warm wishes. We can’t wait for everyone to meet her! Please feel free to check out http://ajax.verkley.com/hadley for a few photos.
News has come from Holland that Grandpa Verkley (Peter)’s cousin Piet van Velzen has died at the age of 92.
That now makes Grandpa the oldest of the Verkley family.
Three cheers for Grandpa!
After a full year of writing, I have completed my book titled “From Kerwood to Here, A Life Lived and the Lessons Learned.” After careful consideration I have decided to post it on the Verkley.com website. I was asked “wasn’t your year long efforts worth selling it like all other books? I agree, yet I’m putting it out there so that anyone can read it. All I ask is that you Pass It Forward. By that I mean, you write something; a book, an article or something of value to yourself and then pass it on to others. What ever you decide to do, know that others will benefit from you reading this. So enjoy.
Any comments are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read Frank’s book, visit: https://verkley.com/frank/ (PDF Format – 18.3mb)
John and Patti-Jo have decided to get married on July 7 2007. The wonderful event will be held at http://www.gchfc.ca/homepage/view/index.php?