Day 24: Our Last Full Day in Newfoundland

Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
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Trip End Sep 06, 2009


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John's House

Flag of Canada  , Newfoundland and Labrador,
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I made two very interesting visits today. The first was with Mary and Armand Williams.  Duncan had asked me to visit them as Mary had been so very helpful to him when he was here in June.  Armand showed me a copy he has of the painting Jerry did of the little church in Bay Bulls.  Armand was only 4 years old in 1962 when he watched Jerry painted it.  It's a lovely watercolor and I’m privileged to have the original.  Mary told me her about their son, Robin, who went to Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and earned a BM and MM in Sacred Music there.  He began playing the organ in Bay Bulls when he was 11 because there were no organists in town.  I listened to part of a CD of his choir.  He obviously is spectacularly gifted and is now organist and choirmaster at St. Teresa’s in St. John’s. He’s also President of the Avalon region of the RCGO (Royal Canadian Guild of Organists) the Canadian equivalent of our American Guild of Organists.  Mary was quite excited to learn that I also am an organist

I then stopped by the "underground" house where Pat Watters lives.  She was another good friend of John and Jerry’s, having moved here from Maryland a number of years ago.  Pat has two beautiful, large Newfoundlands—those lovable black dogs we see on the Westminster Dog Show in Madison Square Gardens every year.  But they’ve recently gotten Pat in trouble.  They got out of their fenced yard while Pat (who is undergoing treatment for colon cancer) was at a
Drs. appointment in St. John and got in a neighbor’s pond.  The neighbor had them impounded and Pat was charged with willfully allowing her dogs to roam the countryside.  The neighbors want the dogs euthanized.  It's a very sad situation for her. 

It is our last night in Newfoundland and Ann Marie and Donald brought over a pot of fish stew which we all had for dinner tonight.  It was just terrific.  We’ve experienced such wonderful hospitality since we've been here.  It is with sad hearts that we say “goodbye.”

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