He served in the U. Ken was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church now Community Bible Church for more than fifty years serving as song leader, Sunday school superintendent, and board member for many of those years. Working with the Gideons International was an integral part of his life; Ken was a member for over forty years serving in the Broome County camp in New York as well as the Martin County camp in Florida.
He held several offices and participated in Bible distributionsin hospitals, high schools, New York city street corners, and even in South Korea. He frequently supplied music at the Binghamton City Rescue Mission and participated in jail ministry on a regular basis. The Lord was the center of his life and his first priority was to serve Him. The family will receive visitors this Sunday afternoon November 11 at P. The viewing will be immediately followed by a funeral service at P. Matthew Ellison officiating. Box , Washington , D.
Kenneth B. Ferrin,53,of Hobe Sound, passed away Thursday, November 8, surrounded by his loving and devoted family. Kenny, as he was affectionately known as, had many outside hobbies. He loved being on the water, taking photographs and just enjoying the outdoors life. He was a wonderful billiard competitor and played on many leagues. Kenny made it to the the Las Vegas Billiard Championship. Most of all, Kenny loved and adored his family.
He is predecesed by his brothers Robbie Allen and Randy. Jennifer Anne Wren. After graduating from St. Jennifer returned to Stuart for a brief period and then moved to Boston, MA. She lived in the the Beacon Hills section of Boston for ten years, returning to Stuart area in the summer of Jennifer was very much loved and will be greatly missed and always remembered by her father and her family, as well as her many friends in the Boston and Stuart areas.
Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be made at www. Sandra Feeley. In the Cape Cod, MA. Sandy retired from teaching in As a child she lived in Avon, MA. She had lived in Sharon, MA. She and her husband Paul had been a snowbirds coming to Jensen Beach since She was so proud of raising her 3 sons. She is predeceased by her sister Carol. Port St. Lucie, Florida. Stuart, FL. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy may be found at www. Patricia Still. Patti as she is fondly known as, was a true artist.
She worked with many mediums such as oils, pencils, paper art and photography. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Patti can be made to the First United Methodist Church, S. Online condolences and expressions of sympathy can be made by vising www. Noreen Trenoweth. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and lived most of her life, Noreen came to Martin County to be close to her loving daughter Zelle and her family. She is also survived by her grandchildren Claudia and her husband Jimmy and grandson Craig and many relatives in South Africa. She was predeceased by her husband of 57 hears Charles and and son John and daughter Mavis.
LaDon M. As a young woman, she attended MacPhail School of Music in Minneapolis, where she developed her passion for singing. It is there where she met her husband of 53 years, Wally Johnson deceased. They sang together at over events, including TV and charity benefits. Her devotion to Wally and her passion for music inspired many. LaDon enjoyed an active life including tennis, skiing, and golf.
The Mariner Sands Chapel Choir and the game of Mahjong brought her many special friendships and great joy over the years. LaDon was an optimistic woman, always striving for the best in life for herself, Wally, and others. She is survived by her brother James and his wife Barb of Brainerd, Minnesota, along with many nieces and nephews, in-laws, special friends, and extraordinary caregivers. Harry G. Fritz, Jr. Harry G Fritz, Jr. He served for 7 years, Harry was involved with many veterans organizations. Harry was a wonderful husband of 36 years to his best friend Gail Fritz.
Harry was an avid animal lover, and is also survived by his three dogs Lucky, Misty, Dakota, and three cats Lexie, Cally and Hannah. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in loving memory of Harry can be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Kanner Highway, Stuart, Fl. Thomas A. Thomas "Tom" A. Haack, 74,passed away Thursday, October 18, , peacefully at home surrounded by his family. Ernest R. Ernest Richard "Ernie" Swanson, 74, of Stuart, Florida, died peacefully October 14, with his wife and children by his side.
Ernie was a musician, vocalist, instructor and entertainer and began his career at the age of 11 as a child actor in off-Broadway productions. He switched his interest to music in his teens and played with and backed up top recording artists, in addition to leading his own band, The Crescents for over 30 years. He is also survived by Eve Farley. Timothy D.
Today we said goodbye to our friend and family member Timothy Dwayne Melton Koehn. From an early age it was apparent that Tim had a love affair with the water. His life was spent living and working on and around the sea. Timmy leaves behind his family and friends to cherish his memory. We would like to thank the staff of Treasure Coast Hospice in Stuart, FL for being so caring and taking amazing care of Timmy in his final days.
We would also like to thank all of his friends who stopped in to share time with Timmy over the past week. His family appreciates all of your kind words and support. Most of all we want to give special thanks to Timmy's very closest friends and super-brothers, Brett and Todd. Your love and support of Timmy has been truly amazing. A celebration of life with friends and family will be held at a later date. As soon as we have finalized the details, they will be shared on Tim's Facebook page. Charlotte Rose Blackner. Charlotte had a successful career in the insurance industry. She retired from Sedgwick James where she worked as an Administrative Manager.
Charlotte is survived by her sisters, Mary Jane and Linda and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Kathleen Bell. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a. William Moscatello. William Moscatello, 76, of Stuart, Florida, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, October 10, surrounded by his family. William was an enthusiastic outdoorsman and adventurer who enjoyed fishing, scuba diving, horseback riding, and flying.
His greatest passion was boating, and he spent many happy summers and weekends at sea with his family and friends. Most important to William was his family, who miss him greatly. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in William's name to Treasure Coast Hospice at treasurehealth.
Dennis Wright. He was surrounded by his loving devoted mother, daughters, granddaughters and sister Pauline. He worked 33 years in the Oil Field. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Jennifer Stroud will be officiating. Frederick L Shreves. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Virginia and his brother, Melvin Pete.
Joseph Patrick Deisler. He was born March 28, to Edward G. Joe attended St. As his passion was always sports, he left the family business and built his first Bowling Center State Lanes in He held the recognition of having the 1 Summer Bowling program in the United States. When Joe sold his first 3 Bowling Centers in , all 3 ranked in the top five percent in lineage in the nation. He pioneered the modern game of bowling in Saginaw where he was the first to install synthetic lanes and computerized automatic scoring.
His techniques and promotions were so successful that many have been copied at other centers around the country. He established a youth scholarship fund and was proud to have been able to aid in furthering the education of many young bowlers. His love for football never ceased and he continued to follow his favorite teams. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Gwendolyn Northrup Deisler. He was a great mentor to so many, and his wisdom will live on. Norma Walton. Norma W. Walton, , of Stuart, Florida passed away on Friday, September 14, Norma was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend, and animal lover whose kindness and gentle soul enriched all who knew her.
Before her passing she forged a year old trail of love, laughter, generosity, compassion, wit, and wisdom. She loved comfy slippers, housecoats with big pockets, big band music, pianos, violins, opera, the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Twinkies, cooking, baking, traveling, knitting, needlepointing, and bourbon sours with buffalo shrimp from The Black Marlin. She loved reading so much the Library for the Blind had trouble keeping up with her talking book orders.
She had a wonderful smile and absolutely loved laughing inappropriately at every given opportunity. In addition to her parents Norma was predeceased by her beloved brother George M. Friends may gather prior to the service from 2 PM till time of Services. Internment will take place at a later date in Campbell, NY.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in her name to Treasure Coast Hospice, as their compassion brought her great comfort over the past three years. Kanner Hwy Stuart Florida Friends may gather prior to the service from 2pm until the end of the service. Kenneth Lincoln Schlamp. His early education was on Staten Island. From he served in the U. Navy as an aerographer on weather ships in the North Pacific. Schlamp was a partner in Carstens Electrical Supply Co. Schlamp was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He was an avid golfer, and enjoyed skiing and tennis with his family at their Vermont vacation home for many years. He was also blessed with two step grandchildren and two step great grandchildren several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, we thank you for any donations given in Mr. Mary A.
Wray died surrounded by her family August 31, of pneumonia at the age of A loving mother and wife, Mary will be missed especially for her easy smile and heart-warming welcome. She is survived by her husband Jerry D. Wray and his wife Kim, granddaughter Samantha Slater and her husband Eric, and two great-grandchildren.
Please send donations to www. Dick Genthe. Genthe Dick was born on October 27, and passed away on Wednesday, September 12, of a prolonged illness with his family by his side. A native of Wyandotte Michigan, he entered the family automobile dealership business which began in in the late forties. The opportunity arose in to purchase the local Chevrolet dealership, which he did. In he moved that store to its current location in Southgate, MI which thrives to this day.
It is currently led by his great grandchildren, the 4th generation of Genthes in the business. Dick was always held in the highest of regard by his peers and was a source of great counsel to his fellow dealers. When he became less actively involved in the business and became a Florida resident, he found new loves. A very faithful Christian he always was very active in the churches to which he belonged and would not miss a Sunday service except when skiing.
He grew up in the First Congregational Church of Wyandotte, attended Grosse Ile Presbyterian most of his life, and the highlight of his week for the past five years has been Palm City Presbyterian Church. In fact it was a most excellent day when he could do all four. David C. Inurnment will be private. Jack Timmerman. Jack was a lifelong automobile enthusiast. As a teenager he built a Ford Coupe. Jack was an avid boater, fisherman and clammer. Most places he lived were always on the water or coast.
Jack was a Boston Red Sox Fan and he and his wife enjoyed extensive cruising and traveling. After retirement, Jack played lots of golf with his friends. Online condolences, expressions of sympathy and funeral service dates can be made or found by visiting www. Jamie Lea Ward. She was pre-ceded in death by her father, Raymond Ward. At this time we will be celebrating her life in New Jersey over the Holidays.
If you would like to make a donation in her name to any Addiction and Health Treatment Centers or Any Hospice Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Kanner Hwy Stuart Florida 1 Arthur W. Peterson, Sr. He later became an an Airline Pilot for Braniff Airlines for many years.
He was of the Baptist faith.
Friends may visit prior to the service from am to am. Military Honors of the U. Robert Kelly Cook. The family moved to Fortville, Indiana where he attended local schools until his Sophomore year when he transferred to Scecina High School in Indianapolis. In high school he stayed busy with Cross Country and School Leadership programs until graduation in Upon their graduation in they returned to Fortville.
Kelly worked and later owned Abrasive Products while Cheryl taught and coached at the local high school. Kelly "temporarily retired" as he would later say many more times after their move. He loves to fish, teach others to fish, and build rods to catch those fish.
Boats and trucks came and went but his love of fishing never faltered. He is fortunate to enjoy 17 fishing trips to Costa Rica and many weeks spent at the Big Pine Key Fishing lodge with countless nights underneath the Bahia Honda Bridge all with the intent of hooking, jumping and catching his favorite fish, Tarpon.
Kelly is a special guy with a quick wit. He is a straight shooter, good friend, great father, and a wonderful husband of 50 years. His spirit will guide us forever. Visitation is from am. Casual attire with colors especially blue , Hawaiian and fish patterns are encouraged. For memorial contributions, the family has designated the American Cancer Society, Hospice or Bonefish and Tarpon Trust another helping hand in the ongoing water management crisis. Norah Kathleen Murphy Bigelow.
Preceded in death by her husband and childhood sweetheart, John G. Bigelow, and a brother, Jerome Murphy. Flowers gratefully declined. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. She could inhale her own ascension. Rising, rising, rising, On new wings, Not the smashed and broken ones that had tethered her to earth too long Unbound at last and rising, rising, rising, She looked into what seemed to be the pink salt glow of an emerging sunrise.
As the radiance expanded, she saw the familiar sails. She looked behind her. It was black and uninviting. With a tentative frisson of urgency, she tested her wings, paused. Rising one last time with new certainty, she flew, with a new and joyous heartbeat, Toward the quivering sails. Brian Craig Albrecht. Brian Craig Albrecht, 30, of Denver, Colorado, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 3, in Riverside, California as a result of injuries sustained while doing what he loved best, speed paragliding.
Brian always lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed doing anything outdoors in the fresh air and blue skies. Audrey Ruth Hanlon. Predeceased by her parents, Albert A. Montet, she is survived by her devoted husband, Thomas F. She held multiple positions there, ultimately retiring as a benefits specialist. She was also a devoted homemaker, and created a loving and welcoming home for her husband, children, and guests. Family and friends will attest to her unfailing thoughtfulness of sending greeting cards for almost every occasion.
She was an avid collector of books, and was a lifelong voracious reader. Many represent classic characters in literature, historic figures, and places she had visited. She was also fond of baskets, china, pottery, and crystal, and had a shrewd eye for adding pieces to her collections. Once retired, Mrs. Hanlon traveled often, usually with her husband, and sometimes with other family members.
She visited most of the countries of Europe, islands of the Caribbean, and much of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. She enjoyed tours and cruises especially, because of the social engagement these kinds of travel facilitate. Margarita S. Krause June 21, — August 25, Margarita Krause, was years young, residing at Stuart Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Stuart, Florida, when the full moon guided her journey into the realm of Heaven on Saturday, August 25, She was a remarkable, extraordinary woman with a life worthy of a novel.
She was a competitive swimmer in school, a sun lover and was consistently being chased out of the sun by her shade-loving mother. At age 19, she met Albert Swasey at a ballroom dance in Havana while he was visiting Cuba for a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute reunion. Here was her long awaited ticket to adventure, the world out there and escape from the confines of the island! And so began her adventures with the handsome Navy Lieutenant from New York.
Margarita was a passionate, vibrant, complex woman, a devoted, fierce mother and Commander of the household and kids. She was an accomplished seamstress and her many embroidery, crochet and crewel work creations were amazing works of art. At first, the young family moved throughout the United States pursuing Al's engineering career. I think we watched every episode of I Love Lucy during those years. In Madrid, Spain, she skied the mountains, traveled aboard a steamer to Portugal with friends, and danced the night away with the newfound overseas crowd.
She stitched napkins and tablecloths. She survived Vivian's pet lizards, threatening to flush them down the toilet when they escaped their shoe-box home. She encouraged George who excelled at baseball and was testing his wings as a young man. And she survived solo with her children on the USS Rotterdam across a stormy Atlantic Ocean from Holland to New York, with waves so rough they broke the porthole in the cabin, suitcases swimming on the flooded cabin floor.
She insisted on sports participation for all, even when the kids were not quite willing. Vivian took tap dancing lessons in New York, Flamingo dancing in Spain, and Dick and Vivian began horseback riding lessons while on tour in Bangkok. George and Dick both participated in baseball. George became a star pitcher in Spain and also did quite well in football. Yes, Margarita was always there. And like her mother before her, would travel to visit grown children no matter where they were living. She was so proud of her children and her need to keep in touch; the glue that kept the family together.
Tired at last of overseas travel, she returned to Massapequa, NY, divorced Al, and met a new man, Seymour Krause, one who was not an avid adventurer. Not long afterwards, Margarita and Cy moved to Miami, FL where she had always wanted to live and where she felt right at home in the Cuban population. But Cy's job transfers took him to Clearwater and then lastly to Jensen Beach.
Margarita volunteered at the Elliott Museum after Cy passed, where for the next 10 years she was a permanent fixture in the Gift Shop. Antique Car Shows at the Elliott would find Margarita dressed in vintage clothing, wandering amongst the visitors, strutting her stuff. I think perhaps those were her happiest years - free of children, husbands and cooking duties! Even in the Halls of Stuart Nursing during her 8 years in residence there, Margarita was known as a spiffy dresser with coiffed hair, lipstick on, Revlon Red nail polish and high heels clacking down the halls on her way to bingo.
It literally took years to get her accustomed to wearing lower heeled shoes! Free at last of the physical body that finally betrayed the adventurer, I know she is driving God nuts with high heels clacking and the need for ever more Adventure! She is survived by her three children George, Vivian and Richard, her granddaughter Anne, and two great grandsons Hunter and Thomas. I miss you, Mom. God speed. Constance Barden Stanley. Constance Barden Stanley, age 94, passed away Aug. Lucie, Florida, near her loving and dutiful daughter, Jane, who attended to her daily.
She worked several years at Bristol Manufacturing as secretary to Rev. She was particularly proud of her responsibilities for the Girl Scout Cookie Sales. She was a member of The Baptist Church in Warren for 62 years, where she enjoyed serving as president for 3 years in the 50's and was pleased to be the first woman president of the church.
The qualities which made this novel a classic also mark Mitchell's other works. By the Summer of Mitchell was in Edmonton. She is survived by her husband James, daughter Carla Lucas Darren , grandson Max, brother-in-law Edgar Webber, and many nieces and nephews and their children. The idea was again adapted from Jake and the Kid. Two friends who are like family and have been with Bob throughout his journey in Florida are Gene Brown and Steve Browning. In September he registered in Science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, then the third largest university in Canada.
During her years with Ralph, they attended The First Congregational Church of Bristol where she became a member in Connie was the daughter of Clyde and Grace Brayton Barden. Her friends and relatives will all remember her fondly for her great laugh, wonderful smile, and her always positive outlook on life. A private family burial will be held in RI. David Patrick O'Neil. He leaves behind his maternal grandfather Eugene Merullo and a host of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins to cherish his memory.
Judith K. Judith, once a long time resident of Guntersville, passed away after a prolonged illness while residing in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. She was a warm caring woman who loved children and animals. Lincoln is survived by daughters Brenda Barnett, Kimberly K. Gray, Billy Lincoln and William Lincoln and many others. She will be greatly missed by all until we meet again as we stand with our Savior.
Ellis is interred. Donald M. Donald "Don" Coon passed away peacefully with family at his side at St. After graduation from Bellport High School in , Don attended Princeton University as a music major but his love for the water took him to the University of Miami. Don graduated in with a major in marine biology and in from the School of Law. He was an active member of the Florida Bar for over 50 years. Don embraced his passion for the water through fishing and sailboat racing from Miami to the Bahamas.
After leaving private practice he utilized his law, business, and real estate knowledge to build and manage marinas and dry stack storage facilities. In addition, he developed and managed other commercial projects and precious metals recovery through nontraditional techniques. After moving to Palm City in , Don was thankful and proud to have the opportunity to serve his community through both business and charitable efforts.
Don served as the Crane Creek community president for 10 years, volunteered at Holy Redeemer Outreach, and was a cornerstone volunteer at St. Joseph's Carpenter's Kitchen for over 19 years. He felt truly blessed when he was able to positively impact the lives of people around him. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jeffrey.
Donations in loving memory of Don may be made to Carpenter's Kitchen, E. Norman D. Norman Dussel Klamut Norm was called home to be with his Lord on August 11, , at his home in Stuart Florida, due to complications following spinal surgery. He was 83 years old. When he retired in , Norm and Marlene were accomplished in the sale and support of 25 Mail Boxes Etc stores within their market. They were blessed with many franchise owners who became truly wonderful friends.
An avid Cleveland Indians fan, Norm never forgot his love for the game, and enjoyed watching his team through the art of modern technology, as his life continued away from the Cleveland Ohio area. He was also a beloved fan of the Carolina Panthers, holding original PSL seats until he moved with Marlene in to Stuart, Florida to be near his family. Norm never met a stranger he didn't try to engage in conversation. A kind and gentle man, he was always very active in his church, where her served as an Elder and loved singing in the choir.
He enjoyed playing on the church softball teams, and when he was no longer able to play, he was the scorekeeper and 1 cheerleader. He has a brother, John Klamut, residing in Cortland, Ohio. September 2, at p.
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Robert J. Bob Dobens. He was He put himself through college by working at the Manchester Union Leader newspaper, and after graduation began his career there as a reporter. Bob moved to Stuart in , where he met the love of his life, Barbara Strunz. They married in It was on the Treasure Coast that Bob began his photography business. He became the leading social photographer in Martin County, and was known and beloved by all those he helped and whose lives he touched through his talent.
It is not an exaggeration to say that this smiling man behind the camera helped dozens of local non-profit organizations and thousands of people through his selfless generosity and photographic skills. He donated countless hours to various charities through his photography, for which he was named the Unsung Hero of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Treasure Coast Chapter.
Despite challenges over the last few years brought on by diabetes, Bob continued to take pictures.
He always said that he'd never retire because for him photography was never work - it was fun, and it was his life. All who knew Bob can testify to his passion for baseball, particularly for the Boston Red Sox. Over a span of six years, he and his brother Peter visited every Major League Baseball park in the country. Bob was a wealth of knowledge on everything about baseball and the Red Sox.
Two friends who are like family and have been with Bob throughout his journey in Florida are Gene Brown and Steve Browning. If you have a personal connection with Bob through another charity, please donate to that charity in his honor. David J. Dave was born in Blue Island, Illinois into a family rooted in the very origins and history of the game of golf. Dave spent his early years touring, as he considered making a career as a professional golfer.
After touring, he realized the importance of creating a better surface for golfers and became an Agronomist to help make that happen. Dave and Wanda spent four wonderful years in Mexico. Upon returning to the US, Dave went to work as an Agronomist for Nicklaus Design and traveled the world as a consultant for the company. Augustine, Florida. After four amazing years of working with Nicklaus Design, Dave decided to form his own company, Turfgrass Consulting, Inc.
He worked for many well-known golfers over the years and was still actively working with Ernie Els projects worldwide. Dave devoted his entire professional career to the game he loved. Dave and Wanda spent their life together traveling and exploring the world, often on the deck of their boat. The Abacos in the Bahamas was their favorite destination. Dave also cherished his special dogs, Rosie and Nipper, and countless friends and colleagues.
Our family would love hearing about your connection to Dave, so please leave us a message on this site. The date and location will be posted here. John S. Prinz, 64, passed away Wednesday, July 25, , at his home in Jensen Beach. The Reverend Rick Addison will officiate. Surdin captured the precise mood and pace of each drama, experimented with new techniques, produced typical themes for each of the major characters and even composed a four- part fugue on the Jake and the Kid theme. Out of the Jake series developed several independent dramas. To achieve this Wullie gambles a curling-match against the Devil and wins by a trick worthy of his antagonist: in mending the Devil's curling-boot he has placed a small silver rivet under the sole.
In February Mitchell expanded the episode to one hour and it was produced on Stage The television adaptation was broadcast in January and a fictionalversion, a novelette, was published by Frontier Books in Finally the play was further expanded to two acts and performed by Theatre Calgary in and in Calgary, in Edmonton and on tour in Alberta. The supporting characters appear also in Jake and the Kid and The Kite. A sub-plot concerns a conflict between the ladies and the men of the town over Sunday curling.
In the early versions, the minister Pringle agrees to turn a blind eye to the infraction of the Sabbath Act, since the Devil of course curls only on the Sabbath. Thus an amusing tale is turned into a comic, contemporary version of the Faustus myth. The central incident is the preparation of Crocus for the Royal Train carrying Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip which is to stop in Crocus for seven minutes to take on water. Complications involve an official change of schedule regarding which town will be favoured and an argument as to which school child will offer the Queen the official bouquet.
Crocus wins the competition over Conception, not because of the protests of Mayor and Council but because of the communication of Moses Lefthand, great grandson of the original Chief to sign the Blackfoot Crossing Treaty, to Queen Elizabeth, great granddaughter of Victoria. The problem in bringing the Royal train onstage is solved by the Queen's decision not to leave the train and the climactic event is her special invitation to Moses Lefthand, his wife and his small son Lazarus, bearing a bouquet of prairie flowers, to enter the Royal presence.
The play's reception in Saskatoon was very good. Mitchell was also making plans to stage the work in London, England, under the direction of Bernard Braden but was frustrated by the nature of his contract with the CBC which claimed all rights to any shows employing the title or characters of Jake and the Kid. Several other episodes of Jake were turned into one-hour radio plays, among them "Honey and Hoppers" and "Black Harvest". By April John Gray wrote to Mitchell that they were "delighted with the book" and a contract was signed. The manuscript was revised by September and hopes were expressed for a Spring publication.
Roses Are Difficult Here is developed out of the middle section of The Alien , using the setting Shelby, Alberta, and many of the original characters. The central conflict is drawn from a Jake and the Kid episode based on a real situation in Hanna, Alberta. June Campbell, a sociologist, comes to Shelby to study the town, its attitudes and mores, and eventually publishes a scientific but unsympathetic document which enrages the townspeople. Related to this central plot are the secondary complications of identifying a local dog poisoner and also a writer of poison pen letters which implicate June and Matt.
Much of the novel is comic but the dark underside of the town is exposed: its smugness and bigotry, its intolerance and prejudice. In the title incident, the grand prize of the Shelby Horticultural Society is unwittingly awarded to Mame Napoleon, wife of the town garbage collector, for her prize-winning roses, bought in Woolworth's and grown in rich loam naturally fertilized by a large herd of goats. The ending of this novel is once more optimistic. Matt, who has previously judged the town harshly, revokes this criticism in a statement in The Chinook in which he counters June's negatives with an appreciation of the positive values and generosities of town life.
His marriage is repaired and the town continues on. However, the Napoleons have departed for British Columbia after loosing on Main Street their herd of goats, all named after ladies of the town. The most successful characters in the novel are the Napoleons, Senator Dan Riley and deaf old Aunt Fan who is at once loveable and innocent.
When the novel had been refused by a succession of American and British firms however, Macmillan's lack of enthusiasm became evident and eventually Mitchell agreed to release them from their contract. Before becoming discouraged by the negative reception of his last two novels in Toronto and abroad, Mitchell had begun to work on yet a fourth, The Kite. The idea was again adapted from Jake and the Kid.
As early as the Fall of Mitchell referred to a novel combining the stories of Daddy Johnson with those of Dr. Winesinger, the marvelous character who sells medications and varied potions for all human ailments. Winesinger later disappeared to resurface in the form of evangelist Heally Richards in The Vanishing Point.
Mitchell made reference to his work on the book in and on July 18, , the manuscript was sent off to John Gray in Toronto. John Gray was more enthusiastic about this novel but he again avoided suggesting revisions until comments from prospective publishers in the United States and Britain should arrive. Meanwhile, to encourage Mitchell further, Macmillan's published a selection of Jake and the Kid stories in These stories range widely from the early wartime stories to events such as the Saskatchewan Jubilee Celebrations in They include most of the ones published in Maclean's either before the radio series began or during its sequence.
A minor revision concerned substituting names for twelve characters who had already appeared in Jake and the Kid. The theme of The Kite , as it is in Who Has Seen the Wind , is man's search for meaning and purpose in the face of death and mortality. The protagonist David Lang, a journalist for a Toronto magazine, comes to Shelby, Alberta, to interview Daddy Sherry, the town's one hundred and eleven-year-old patriarch.
As a journalist and television celebrity, David is obsessed by an awareness of time, impermanence and death. The structure of the novel is episodic and follows David's gradual discovery of Daddy. At first he tries to fit him into the stereotypes of oil magnate or pioneer and historian.
But Daddy refuses to be confined by words. Gradually, assisted by Helen MacLean and her son Keith, David creates a mosaic of Daddy from his own observations and a series of flashbacks narrated by other characters: Daddy's visit to Keith's grandmother and his escape on the "trapeze", the goose hunt, the discovery of oil on his property in Paradise and his refusal to sell, the foiled marriage to his housekeeper, the tale of Joe Binestettner, Daddy and Ramrod, and finally the flood in which Daddy's house is carried downstream into the United States. These anecdotes are balanced by the chronological events: the preparations for Daddy's birthday, his determination to outwit them and to die before the event, and finally the ceremony itself and Daddy's birthday.
The novel ends with the marriage of Helen and David, the comic convention of the celebration of life. The portrait of Daddy is one of Mitchell's most brilliant. We see him as a contankerous, stubborn, opinionated old man but one who is alive in every nerve of his body. He is the antithesis of David and his decision to leave David his gold watch, then later just the chain, symbolizes David's bondage to time. His great gift to David is an appreciation of life and of the present. In the title episode David returns in memory to his childhood and relives the disappointment of his youth when he and Lon, another Mitchell uncle figure, constructed a kite.
The sudden death of Lon led to the loss both of his kite and of his dream. David's assistance to Keith in building a kite for Daddy becomes, then, a celebration of life and meaning. In the climax of the novel, Daddy approaches the magnificent grandfather clock, the gift of the town, and beats it to death to annihilate time. The kite, however, is a symbol of life and immortality; Daddy, in flying it and then passing it to Keith, revealed as his great great grandson, becomes free of time and death.
The Kite did not sell well and the publisher was disappointed, as were the readers who expected another Who Has Seen the Wind. In , after the publication of The Vanishing Point , copies of The Kite were retrieved from storage in the back shelves of bookstores and, in , Macmillan's reissued it in paperback in the Laurentian Library series. Since then it has remained in print. With the approach of Canada's Centennial year, writers, artists and musicians across the country were encouraged to create appropriate works of celebration for Canada's coming-of-age.
Mitchell had two projects in process. The first was a commissioned drama called The Centennial Play ; it was to be a group work of art and was co-ordinated by Robertson Davies who wrote the Prologue, the Epilogue and the Ontario section. The play was produced twice, once in Lindsay, Ontario, on October 6, , and in a revised form by the Ottawa Little Theatre directed by Peter Boretski on January 11, After its poor reception in Ottawa, Mitchell defended the play, pointing out that it was not intended for Broadway or West End London but rather for little theatre groups and church or school dramas: "it was meant to be a mosaic of Canadian history, taking ourselves lightly and with affection".
A more exciting project was the musical Wild Rose , by Mitchell and Morris Surdin, adapted from Royalty is Royalty but with several major alterations. Mitchell has called it "a foothills comedy of manners". To provide a romance, Jake becomes Dave Morgan, a widowed rancher, and the Kid becomes Bud, the tomboy daughter, while the spartan Miss Henchbaw gives place to the idealistic young teacher Margaret Spafford. The action is up-dated to Centennial Year and the setting to Wild Rose, Alberta, "on the main line about where Cochrane is". Once more the action involves town rivalry with Conception about the choice of watering- place for the Royal Train, and conflict between Mariel Oliver and Cora Rossdance, daughters of the town elite, for the honour of presenting the bouquet.
And again the Lefthand family is honoured and taken onto the Royal Train to see the Queen. Wild Rose was very successful in Calgary, playing to an almost full house. Marie, Pembroke, Ottawa and Montreal at Expo.
However, plans to take the show to London, England, did not materialize and it has not been performed since. These were first read on the CBC in , published in magazines like Maclean's or The Imperial Oil Review and later adapted for performance at the increasingly successful one-man shows put on by Mitchell in the s and s across Canada.
In these Mitchell developed the well-known Mitchell persona, on the line of Stephen Leacock and Mark Twain: the loveable, comic, sometimes bawdy story-teller with a lilting voice, a slightly rough cadence and an infectious enjoyment of his own tales. The sketches were submitted to Macmillan's in under the title "The Day We Exported Grandmother" but remain unpublished so far. In , the Mitchells made a major decision.
Mitchell decided to accept an offer from the University of Calgary to be Writer-in-Residence, the position to be subsidized by a Canada Council Grant. The Mitchells bought a house in Calgary and ended their more than twenty-year residence in High River. This was to be the first of many appointments to Canadian universities: the University of Calgary , the University of Alberta , the University of Toronto , York University and the University of Windsor In the Fall of he spent three months with the Winnipeg School Board teaching creative writing in the elementary schools.
In late , when Mitchell was considering the practicality of the move to Calgary, he was at work again on The Alien which he had put aside five or six years before. By June when the family settled in the new house he was well advanced with the restructuring of the novel. This time he progressed rapidly and in July the final manuscript of the first pages reached Macmillan's; in he completed the final pages. The long-awaited novel, now titled The Vanishing Point , appeared in the bookstores on October 12, Within a month a reprint of 2, copies was ordered and in Macmillan's reprinted it in paperback.
The Vanishing Point is developed out of the third section of The Alien. Its present is and its setting Paradise Valley Reserve where Carlyle Sinclair has been teaching for eight years. The problem with the earlier novel, Mitchell has explained, was that it said "No" to life. In the mid- sixties Mitchell was impressed by Steinbeck's image of the giant turtle in The Grapes of Wrath. Falling back two steps for every three ahead, the turtle gradually pulls himself onto land and thus comes to symbolize for Mitchell mankind which not only survives but, despite suffering and pain, progresses slowly towards its destination.
In the novel Carlyle moves from despair, a denial of humanity and meaning in an alien universe, to affirmation. Part One relates the present situation on Paradise Reserve, titled ironically by Mitchell. The predominance here of isolation and death, represented by Winter and the illness of old Esau Rider, symbolizes the pasts of both Carlyle and the Stoneys. Esau's granddaughter Victoria is the present. For Carlyle she is a symbol of hope.
But Victoria rejects a life in the city where she, like the other Stoneys, feels alien. Here even the whites seek desperately for human contact, for escape from anonymity. The Paradise Indians are outsiders found frequenting beer parlours or jailed on a charge of "drunk and disorderly". In the Shelby Rodeo they are a parody of themselves. But the Reservation is not an answer either. Separated from the city by a modern suspension bridge, which cars cannot cross, it is a no man's land, neither present nor past.
The original hunting grounds are gone; with the death of old Esau will come the death of their traditions, their link to their own heritage. Part Two regresses to trace Carlyle's eight years in Paradise Valley and the failures of both himself and the other whites to make contact. Blinded by their own aims or a naive idealism, the teachers, the preachers and the Indian agents are unaware of real Indian needs and wants. Part Three picks up the thread of events from Part One and moves towards the conclusion.
Interrelated with Carlyle's search for Victoria, gone missing from the hospital where she has been a nursing student, are the wind-up campaign of the Faith Healer Heally Richards and his Rally for Jesus, Archie Nicotine's appeal to Heally to save old Esau, and the business activities of Norman and Gloria Catface in their lair behind the Liberty Cafe.
The tone alternates between comedy, tragedy and black humour with tragedy predominating until the final scenes. The Vanishing Point is more tightly structured than any of Mitchell's previous works. The most vital characters are old Esau, the wily Archie Nicotine, who never loses a contest of words, and Heally Richards.
However, Carlyle, like David of The Kite , is central to the vision of the novel and his search for Victoria becomes a search for himself which takes in all the areas of his past life. His Aunt Pearl has been life-denying and has impressed her will on him as has Old Kacky, the Grade Five teacher who, in the title episode, punished the child Carlyle in an exercise on perspective for introducing a deciduous tree into a prairie landscape. Carlyle has rejected both of these but has been guilty of their rigidity and denial of creativity. And like Heally Richards, he has put others into moral boxes, has sought power to control rather than to serve.
In the climax of the novel, Heally, in the final hours of the Rally, raises up old Esau in the huge tent and then watches him drop back stone dead before the television cameras and the eyes of the nation. For Carlyle, this is the moment of illumination. He returns to the Reserve and joins in the Prairie Chicken Dance, relating the beat of the drums to the beat of life itself. Accepting Victoria and her pregnancy, he realizes that he must heal divisions between man and man, race and race, with love. The novel ends with his awakening, beside Victoria, to a morning in the fulness of Spring, the trees in leaf, the creek running free.
He is committed to humanity and with Mitchell has said "Yes" to life. But the novel is much broader than these earlier works, much more complex than even The Kite. At that moment, however, Dylan reveals they're late for their first ultrasound appointment. Haley and Dylan leave with Claire tagging behind. At the doctor, the trio discover that Haley is having twins. Haley begins to panic but is quickly calmed down by Claire, saying she'll always be there to help. As Cam tries to spend as much time as possible with Cal before he leaves, Pam continues to manipulate Mitch.
Finally fed up, Mitch comes clean to Cam about the letter, who is hurt and upset. The two begin to fight, which Pam breaks up. She reveals the remorse she feels of her actions, and believes she needs supervision at all times. Mitch consoles her, giving her permission to stay in the apartment upstairs much to Cam's delight.
Meanwhile, Jay is once again forced into the middle of a situation by Gloria. He talks to Sherry and admits the argument was due to him.