The passing of a Sir Knight is a very sad moment for the Assembly, but, somehow, the loss of one of our Ladies hits us even harder.
This past week we said, “Farewell” to Ken Jorgensen’s wonderful wife, Gladys. She was a fine addition to our assembly family. She was well known for her generosity, kindness, and helpfulness. It was not usual for her to call to check up on another sir knight’s wife to see how they were doing, how were the kids, and more. She even made almost daily calls to a member wife when she was away to the west coast caring for her elderly parent.
We join together to wish Ken Jorgensen and his family peace and comfort.
Gladys will be interred at a later date at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church Columbarium.
Kenneth Jorgensen and Marta Willson said:
Very beautiful tribute. Thanks so much to all of you wonderful people. A Mass was said in her native Cartagena Colombia today at 6 PM.
We can’t but help feeling that she is already in the tender, loving arms of Jesus.
In my sadness I can’t help but recall the moment the deep-throated whistle of the S.S. Oronsay blasted forth its tribute to the Honolulu skyline as our honeymoon ship’s orchestra struck-up the sad, but beautiful English folk song, “Now Is the Hour, That We Must Say Goodbye” , which then gave way to “Aloha Oh” (same melody as “How Great Thou Art”)as the crew cast off the lines.
The real tear-jerker though was gliding through the softly lapping waves, past moon-light Diamond Head as the orchestra began another treasured song from our English brothers: “We’ll Meet Again”.
Life did not give us the opportunity to comply with those poetic lyrics, nor to re-live that beautiful evening but as that melody keeps running through my head I can”t help bet feel and take comfort knowing that “we will”, for this is The Lord”s promise of life eternal that holds us together as Christians and as Knights.
Thus:Farewell for now, just for awhile,Adios, Bye-bue, Tally-ho and Auf-weidersen mi amor “Till We Meet Again”.
My daughter, Marta< and I thank you so much for this beautiful tribute to our beloved Gladys. Indeed, she was a "giving" person.
In these days of sadness, I keep recalling the happy moments that we shared over our treasured golden years together..
One of the most memorable was when our honeymoon ship"s orchestra began to the dock activity suddenly ceased as our honeymoon ship's orchestra began to play that traditional Australian folk song, "Now Is The Hour That We Must Say Goodbye". The choir on the dock then responded with "Aloha Oe", the Hawaiian song of farewell.
After an electrifying moment of silence, the dockmaster bade the S.S. Oronsay to set-sail.
The real tear-jerker came however as we glided through the sparkling channel waters past moonlit Diamond Head as the band played, "We"ll Meet Again".
Although referring in context to returning to the Islands, the lyrics inspire me in this tragic hour:
"Let's say goodbye with a smile, my dear,
Just for awhile, dear, we must part,
Don't let the parting upset you, sweetheart,
Don't know where, don't know when,
But I know , we'll meet again someday".
I take consolation with these lyrics for this is Christ's promise and our faith as Knights.
Mi Amor, I leave you in the gentle arms of Jesus for I know that "we'll meet again".