Is that all there is?

Last days in the sanctuary of a loving family
Body still and quiet now the great loving generous funny-if-infuriating spirit has left it behind …
When the doctor telling Dave he was about to die started crying, he placed his hand gently on her shoulder saying “Don’t worry Doc, I’ll be OK.”
And he is.
Bloody unfair but mercifully quick,
Dave has driven the last bus home safe to the depot,
And whenever a Number 4 passes 150
We’ll remember and ruefully smile.

David Beeton 7 June 1958 – 1 August 2009.
Loving father to Jessica, always loved ex-husband of Jen, and maybe most remarkably of all great friend to Ken. Meanwhile, Jenny Parish is minding our house, dog and garden while we’re down here saying goodbye. Love really is the most powerful force in the world if we only let it be.

PS We’re in Melbourne until Thursday for Wednesday funeral if anyone wants to catch up (mob 0423 865 325).

Dave asked us to play this at his funeral, and we will:

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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James Farrell
12 years ago

Nice words, Ken. Condolences.