Thursday, 18 May 2017

Vituary - Kim Martin


Kim Martin

If you know me, you know how big a part of my life Kim Martin is.

When Kim and I are together, we are two of the loudest, strangest, funniest (to us, anyway) people you’ll meet.  Kim and I have shared chewed gum, have mixed marijuana leaves in a bottle of Peack Drink hoping to get high, and have asked strangers for quarters and dimes to buy ourselves a turkey sub.

It’s impossible to meet Kim and not instantly fall in love with her.  She’s bright and friendly and her laugh is infectious.  She’s easy to talk to and she makes friends easier than anyone I’ve ever met. 

Most people have someone in their life that just gets them; someone who loves the same things, someone who hates the same things, someone who usually knows what you’re thinking before you say it, someone who it always on your side whether you’re right or wrong – well that person, for me, is Kim.

Many of the weirdest and best things I can remember doing involved Kim in one way or another.  Whether her and I were selling t-shirts at a punk show or having a dance-off in the Tim Horton’s walk-in freezer, we were usually laughing at each other so hard we couldn’t breathe.

Kim is an amazing person to have on your side – she’ll go to bat for her friends in a heartbeat.  She is caring and considerate and a genuinely good-hearted person.  Also, she loves cats. 


Kimberly Ann Martin, if you don’t move to Calgary soon, I’m going to have to pay somebody to kidnap you and bring you here.  Life is less fun when you’re not here to share nachos and sangria with me.  I love you more than Jim loves Pam. No, I really do.


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late 14c., "death," from Middle French obit or directly from Latin obitus "death," noun use of past participle of obire "to die," literally "to go toward" (see obituary). In modern usage (since 1874) it is usually a clipped form of obituary, though it had the same meaning of "published death notice" 15c.-17c.
plural vitae, Latin, literally "life," from PIE root *gwei- "to live."



While recently watching Rex Murphy’s tribute to my late father, I was saddened that my father wasn’t able to hear Murphy’s wonderful words.  I’ve decided to write pieces that are dedicated to telling the people in my life how great I think they are.  I call them “Vituaries.”  

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Vituary - Judy Kavanagh

Judy Kavanagh


Before I met Judy, I never knew anybody who could make Jiggs dinner while spittin’ Obie Trice lyrics.

Judy is one of the kindest, most sincere people I know.  She has such a big heart and she’s constantly putting others before herself.

She is a wine enthusiast, a Dr. Phil fan (my kind’a woman!), and a Bon Jovi devotee. 

Every time Christopher and I fly home for a visit, Judy has a freshly-made bed and a freshly-stocked fridge waiting for us.  She makes the best goulash, mac and cheese, and Shake’N Bake wings in the entire world.  No, really – she does.

Judy always makes time for family – every Sunday she’s at her mother’s doing her hair, and she makes sure she meets with her sisters every couple of weeks to have a glass of wine and a few laughs.
Judy’s treated me like a daughter for a while now and I’ve always looked up to her like a second mother (or third, I guess!).  I have so much love for her and I’m so grateful that she’s a part of my life.


Only another two and a half months and we’ll be home with ya, Jude.  We can share a bottle of wine and I’ll fill you in on the crazy hijinks I’ve gotten myself into since the last time I’ve been home.



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late 14c., "death," from Middle French obit or directly from Latin obitus "death," noun use of past participle of obire "to die," literally "to go toward" (see obituary). In modern usage (since 1874) it is usually a clipped form of obituary, though it had the same meaning of "published death notice" 15c.-17c.
plural vitae, Latin, literally "life," from PIE root *gwei- "to live."



While recently watching Rex Murphy’s tribute to my late father, I was saddened that my father wasn’t able to hear Murphy’s wonderful words.  I’ve decided to write pieces that are dedicated to telling the people in my life how great I think they are.  I call them “Vituaries.”  


Vituary - Randy Kavanagh

Randy Kavanagh

Randy has been like a second father to me for a few years now, and since my own dad’s death, he’s been one of the most prominent father figures in my life.

He
loves dogs, hardcore hikes, and his family more than anything.


Randy wasn’t dealt the best hand as a youngster, so he’s made it his life’s mission to ensure his son, the light of his life, never wants for anything.

Randy is a man of simple pleasures; all he needs is his family around him and an ice-cold beer and he’s happy as a clam.  Maybe a few Babybels, too.

Randy stands his ground and would go to war for his family – he’d also give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

He barbeques a mean steak and can polish off a Heineken mini keg like nobody’s business.

Randy is an
extremely important part of my life and he lives very large in my heart.  I mean, he had a hand in creating the love of my life, so.  Yeah.

Can’t wait to see you in July, Randz.  We’ll spend a week at Sunshine Park eating dried fruit and cookin’ on your mini keg wood stove.


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late 14c., "death," from Middle French obit or directly from Latin obitus "death," noun use of past participle of obire "to die," literally "to go toward" (see obituary). In modern usage (since 1874) it is usually a clipped form of obituary, though it had the same meaning of "published death notice" 15c.-17c.
plural vitae, Latin, literally "life," from PIE root *gwei- "to live."


While recently watching Rex Murphy’s tribute to my late father, I was saddened that my father wasn’t able to hear Murphy’s wonderful words.  I’ve decided to write pieces that are dedicated to telling the people in my life how great I think they are.  I call them “Vituaries.”