42 years ago today, our oldest son William was born. Over 15 years and 10,000 hours of flying he worked his way to achieve his dream, becoming a water-bomber pilot. Nearly four years ago his plane crashed while he was fighting a forest fire in northern Alberta, victim of a fire tornado. You can read his story under the tab above.
He will never be forgotten. Thank you for letting me know about him.ReplyDelete
Those are the memories that will never be forgotten.ReplyDelete
Enjoy the Memories and stay warm.
It's about time.
Recently there was a huge forest fire near Nelson,in our South Island. As I watched on TV the choppers and fixed wing aircraft flying overhead, smoke and flames below, I thought of your William often. Brave men who gave so much to save land, homes, animals and business areas. Memories of your son, early days out together, and his memorial, a tribute always.ReplyDelete
May you be granted moments of joy at the memory of your beloved and much missed son, William.ReplyDelete
I well remember your posts about the loss of William.ReplyDelete
i remember william's story!! i am happy that you continue to write about him and share his story. such a great loss for you and your family, my deepest condolences!!ReplyDelete
I know your heart must be heavy today.ReplyDelete
I remember your post about William. You are sad but so proud of a wonderful son.ReplyDelete
I too remember you posting about that sad time in your lives. Most times now when I see coverage of forest fires showing water bombers I think of you folks and your son William. It is a sadness hard to express.ReplyDelete
So many of us, your faithful readers, remember him when we see the water bombers. We were in the Killarney region at a cottage last summer while the area burned. As the water bombers flew back and forth over us, I always thought of your boy William.ReplyDelete
Remembering such a sad loss must be hard each day. So awful to lose those we love, but so inspiring to use their success as a touchstone.ReplyDelete
I find myself from time to time out by the memorial here, and will stop by and find his name among so many of his fellow firefighters.ReplyDelete
What is your favourite memory of him?ReplyDelete
Our thoughts are with you - such a heavy day - but one for sweet memories too.ReplyDelete
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of EarthReplyDelete
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air….
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace.
Where never lark, or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
– Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
So sorry for our loss of a great friend,fellow pilot and mentor.Rest in Peace my friend.
I remember the thoughts and stories you have shared with us about William. Birthdays of our departed children can be so hard. The photo you shared with the remembrance of your son is very touching. I think the words that Richard shared above fit the photo perfectly. May you feel peace and comfort on this day.ReplyDelete
My thoughts are with you.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
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