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    Liverpool from the ferry in a postcard mailed in 1916

    Yoria's Ashes

    After a year of death,
    we have an appointment

    on the Mersey ferry
    at 12 noon; Yoria's ashes

    repose now in the closet
    in their plastic urn,

    ready for the final
    journey across the ocean.

    Age just shy of ninety,
    she looked so small

    when I identified her,
    a personality shriveled,

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    rendered nut-size -- my
    heart shrank in turn.

    Now I will carry her
    to the muddy Mersey,

    ready to accept Yoria's
    ashes -- the same river

    that bore us to America
    almost my lifetime ago.

    Christopher T. George

    * Gerard Fleming has kindly made a reservation for us on the ferry leaving the Pier Head at 12 noon on Saturday, October 8.

    I am desperately trying to get in contact with my Matchett cousins to see if any can attend but no joy yet. This would be especially meaningful because my Mum's cousins Harry and Walter Matchett, who had a ships provisions business in Canning Place, helped to see my mother and I off on the Cunard liner Saxonia when my Mum and I left for New York from the Landing Stage in January 1955.

    If any Yo members would like to join Gerard, my wife Donna and myself for the ceremony two weeks tomorrow, the support would be nice. The occasion will be non-religious, and I thought we could have drinks afterward in the bar at the Crowne Plaza where we will be staying, as we usually do when we visit the 'Pool. I understand there is no fee to pay to Mersey Travel other than the regular fares. This is most gracious and Gerard tells me that scattering of ashes on the ferry is popular and you had to book ahead. We were lucky to get the reservation.
    Christopher T. George
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    Hi Chris

    I can not be there due to work but I will be there in spirit thinking of you. I will light a candle for your mum on the day.

    This will be very emotional, but you will be glad you did it. Not sure if I told you the story of what we did with my dads ashes? If not pm me and I will tell you. I can not put it on here as it was not all together legal. Im glad we did it and it gave me a good feeling to put him where he is.

    How long are you in Liverpool Chris?

    Tony
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    Hi Tony

    Thanks, Tony. I will pm you shortly. We will be arriving in Liverpool on Friday, October 7 and departing for London again on the Monday, so basically just for the weekend. Yes it will be emotional but I am looking forward to it. If there is a time you might be able to slip down to the Crowne Plaza or meet you elsewhere sometime during the weekend, let me know.

    All the best

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    Tony mate, I'm really sorry I never told you I'd booked it for Chris..
    I was meaning to PM you and tell you Tony but with one thing and another I forgot..

    So thanks Tone.. you putting the Mersey Travel contact details on here was a great help..

    Thank you mate...

    Gerard..
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    No probs Gerard. Im just glad there was a slot for Chris.
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    You were really lucky Chris getting the 12 noon place...
    apparently they only do a 10am and 11am ashes scattering cruise..
    you were originally booked on the Sunday as the Sat 10 and 11am places were booked..
    They made a mistake with your booking as there is a marathon or something on the Sunday
    and no ashes scatterings are taking place that Sunday..
    because of their booking mistake they took the unusual step of fitting you in on the Sat as you wanted..


    Your old Mam mate is looking down on you..


    Gerard..

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    No probs Gerard. Im just glad there was a slot for Chris.

    Good lad Tone..

    of me pop again...


    Have a good weekend all..


    Gerard..
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    Chris I would love to come, but can't commit yet - will let you know nearer to the time. Thank you.

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    Thank you, Kev and Burkhilly.

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    Hope it all goes well Chris, as you say the scattering of ashes on the ferry is very popular and I've heard the Mersey Ferry staff are brilliant.

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    Thanks, Lizzie.

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    Journey to the Mersey

    It's my mother's 91st birthday
    and her ashes wait patiently
    to make her final journey

    by the front door
    in a cloth sack with
    the green logo "Dignity"

    -- the funeral home chain's logo
    offers a modicum of respect. . .
    she will journey in my suitcase

    through airport security as I
    get ready to slide her ashes into
    the peaceful Mersey waters.

    Christopher T. George
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    Hi Chris, this journey will probably be filled with emotion, I believe what you are doing for your Mum is wonderful.
    I will be on holiday when you scatter her ashes, so will be thinking of you at that time.
    Bless.

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    Thank you, Lesley. Yes it will be emotional... already is as you can tell. Thanks for your kind thoughts!

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    Chris, it will be a very sad journey but a day filled with precious memories of your dear Mum.

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