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InOBU 27 May 02 - 06:46 PM
McGrath of Harlow 27 May 02 - 08:10 PM
TeriLu 27 May 02 - 11:37 PM
catspaw49 27 May 02 - 11:45 PM
alanabit 28 May 02 - 03:17 AM
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Banjer 28 May 02 - 05:42 AM
Cappuccino 28 May 02 - 12:23 PM
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Subject: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: InOBU
Date: 27 May 02 - 06:46 PM

My friend and Friend Eugene Herrington died today, a few hours ago, on Memorial Day. He faced death with the same gentle courage he faced conscientious objection during the Second World War. He acted as a medic, posted to the Pacific, during the last years of the war. He was born and grew up in the Easton New York meeting, the meeting associated with the story of the "Peace Feather" -- that meeting which met a Mohawk war party with the courage of love. When a war party came to kill everyone in Easton, they were at meeting and silently invited the Mohawks to join them in silent worship. (There is a post about one of my songs describing the event during the American War of Independence) I found Eugene to epitomize that brave spirit of love and I will miss him greatly. He is survived by a sister, May. Please hold May in the light during this difficult time. Yours in the light Larry Otway


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 27 May 02 - 08:10 PM

They always say celebrate the life rather than mourn the death, and they are right. But it's hard to lose a friend, and a brother. Sorry for your trouble Larry.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: TeriLu
Date: 27 May 02 - 11:37 PM

Hi Larry, I live in downtown Saratoga and I know where Easton is, and some of the folks who go to the meeting out there. It is quite a wonderful legacy your friend has left behind, inspiring the rest of us who believe in those principles, but wonder if we would act on them in the face of opposition, as Eugene did. Thanks for sharing a little of his life with us, and my condolences to you and May. And what a great story Peace Feather is! TeriLu


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: catspaw49
Date: 27 May 02 - 11:45 PM

Larry, I am indeed quite sorry and I feel he too was lucky to have F(f)riends like you. I will certainly focus my best on May and on you too dear friend. Karen and I send you our condolences.

Pat


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: alanabit
Date: 28 May 02 - 03:17 AM

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Larry. That song is probably my favourite on the album. I know that at the end of "Sergeant Musgrave's Dance", the playwright John Arden comments that true pacifism is a very hard road to go down. I do not think I could do it myself, but I have nothing but respect for those who can.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 02 - 05:39 AM

I am sorry for the loss of such a good person, too, Larry. Thanks, very much, for sharing some with us. I will keep you and May in my thoughts and give thanks for his having been among us.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: gnu
Date: 28 May 02 - 05:39 AM

Condolences and prayers.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: Banjer
Date: 28 May 02 - 05:42 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences to you and his family.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: Cappuccino
Date: 28 May 02 - 12:23 PM

Don't know that story of the peace feather, Larry - where can I find it?

All the best - Ian B


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: katlaughing
Date: 28 May 02 - 01:18 PM

This seems to be the story, Ian: The Feather of Peace...wonderful read.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: alanabit
Date: 28 May 02 - 02:10 PM

Thanks for the story. It's well worth hearing Larry's very moving song on the Sorcha Dorcha album Ian. There's not a duff track on it, but that is one of the highlights. I am sure Eugene Herrington would have been proud of his friend who wrote it.


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: InOBU
Date: 28 May 02 - 06:35 PM

I have to say, Eugene liked the song, but he also gave me a site, I have to find the link for you all, which tells the story from the Mohawk point of view... their belief that the smiles of the Quakers were proof that they were among Loyalists! But, either way, it shows peace is contagious. Cheers and thanks Larry


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: Cappuccino
Date: 28 May 02 - 06:41 PM

Oh, that IS good, isn't it. Thank you friends and Friends, so to speak.

I quite agree about Larry's album, Alan. The only problem is that I don't get to hear it much, because people keep borrowing it!

- Ian B


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Subject: RE: OBIT: Brave Quaker dies on Memorial Day
From: DougR
Date: 28 May 02 - 06:44 PM

My condolences, Larry.

DougR


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