This past week the family of Kelvin Wayne Pleming said farewell. Kelvin had arranged to donate his body to science but unfortunately due to the circumstances of his passing it could not be accepted. This change however gave the family an opportunity to gather at a private service to reflect on and celebrate Kelvin’s life. He was a husband, a father, an uncle, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. He was an active member of the North Ryde RSL and Bowls Club. Up until the time of his accident at the age of 89 years he was serving the community through his welfare work for the RSL. Kelvin was a champion lawn bowler many times over, a renowned lawn bowls coach and a talented and gifted artist and musician. When he was a teenager Kelvin’s father enrolled him in a 3 years college art course in Sydney. After he completed his first assignment the college returned the fee (paid by his father) with a note saying that he would not learn anything from the college – so great was his talent.
As I mentioned in my last post Kelvin and my mother were sweethearts during the war, but Kelvin’s mother kept them apart, believing they were too young to be married. After 45 years they were reunited on a Friday in Sydney. On the Saturday night they dined with Kelvin’s children and on the Sunday he proposed. They spent almost 25 years together and now once again they are apart and it is time to say farewell Kelvin. I read the following on behalf of my mother at his service:
My Lost Love
I have only just lost you the pain is hard to bear,
Do I have to go through life knowing you’re not there…
Please someone explain to me why he had to go
are there any reasons I really need to know.
I sit here and remember all the lovely times we shared,
the talks, the laughter of everyone you cared.
I am told the pain will ease in time
and I will think of him without a tear
but that will be impossible as I need to have him here.
He was my very world to me and my ever guiding star
Just kiss me softly on the cheek and tell me where you are…
Loving you forever Kelvin your loving wife Valma Jean
Rest peacefully now my love