We planned a graveside gathering for 2:00 PM and invited close friends and family. In addition to Heather, Kim, Mike and Jolene made the trek from Cambridge coming up the American side and arriving not long before we were ready to head to the cemetery. Heather's husband Tom wanted to come but couldn't because of a personal commitment back in Waterloo.
Leo rode down from Sudbury and stopped by to pay his respects. Good thing he did because I needed his new high tech tie down straps to secure the container with Mom's ashes to the rear seat of the GoldWing. Mine weren't long enough. Mom always enjoyed her annual ride and we figured she would approve of traveling this way for her final ride.
Just as we got ready to leave for the cemetery, the rain that the radar had been showing arrived. Typical. The procession went down Second Line and up People's Road to Greenwood where we met Lisa and her assistant from the funeral home under the awning in front of the chapel. I was concerned about the violin and guitar in the rain and Randy, the cemetery staff guy, opened the chapel so we could have the service inside.
Dave and I spoke of our memories of Mom and then John and Jesse played a beautiful rendition of Amazing Grace. Then friends got up to share their memories and Heather spoke on behalf of herself and Kim. It was short, sweet and I think Mom would have liked it.
When it was over, I put Mom back on the bike and we proceeded out to the grave site where we have everyone a chance to say goodbye before I placed her ashes in the ground. Dave added a Crown Royal bag with Mom's teeth, glasses, some whiskey and some cigarettes and then we each placed a shovelful of earth over the container. Not one to leave a job half done, Dave finished filling in the hole. Afterwards, we invited all assembled to join us back at the house.