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Archive for October 14th, 2011

Odds Blog: Saying goodbye to Catherine

Posted by indigodream on 14 October, 2011

Friday 14th October

I went to Catherine’s (aka Windfola) funeral today and although it was a 5 hour round trip (courtesy of the M25) I’m very glad that I went – I took a card and some flowers on behalf of the Indigodreamers, Greygal and Canalworld Forum members. I had the chance to talk to her dad and he wasn’t aware of what an impact Catherine had made in the boating community – he said he was overwhelmed. Catherine’s best friend said that Catherine herself had no idea how many lives she had touched and how much she was appreciated.

The funeral itself was a superior crematorium funeral – much better than your usual “insert name here” – it was heartfelt and relevant. One point well-made was that we should now let go of our “if only’s….” – I think we’ve all wished, as did everyone in the room today, that we could have averted her suicide, but her dad said he was “shocked but not surprised” – it seems that Catherine had been battling depression for many many years.

At first I felt a little out of place as I obviously didn’t know anyone there and they all seemed to know Catherine from other aspects of her life and seemed relatively unaware of how committed she was to a boating life. However I was chuffed when they finished with a recording of a folk band singing a song about canals and narrowboating featuring immortal lines such as “sink my ashes down the tixall wide” and “the pearly gate paddles in the sky” – classic! It’s rather presumptuous but I felt as if I was representing the narrowboating community – I think the other people in the room knew Catherine as she was whereas we boaters knew the Catherine that would have been……on that score it may have been the saddest funeral I’ve ever been to……

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