Over the years I have met some good folk. Harry was one of those.
ENC Harry Norris Fisherman Harry with a Flounder.
My Sister and her Husband (Dick & Kat) was telling us before we started coming to Florida, that we just must to meet Harry and Pearl. So one winter we camped close to Dick & Kat and they were beside Harry & Pearl. Harry loved to fish and eat what he caught. He liked fishermen.
(They were married 64 years)
Right away we liked them both. WE became closer and closer friends and for years we continued to visit and camp with them. Harry had been a Coast Guard Chief and I retired a USN Chief. He matched the Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus, Always Prepared.
When Harry could not camp with Dick he would bring his boat out with extra gas and leave it with Dick for his use.
WE ate together hundreds of times.
WE (6) ate together, played together, drove to town together. Fish fries at least twice a week. We spent hours around the camp fires, talking and relating tales from everywhere.
After Dick passed, Sherry drove Kat’s motor home and we still met Harry and Pearl. Then when Kat passed we still continue to camp, visit and fish with Harry and Pearl.
Pearl & I, kidding with Kat while Oil-Can Harry checks his engine.
Our friend Harry just set sail on his final voyage. He has sailed into the sunset. So a toast to my friend: Fair winds and following seas, and may the wind be always at your back. May the light that guides you, guide us to the same port, I hear the Liberty is great there.
There is no question as to where the ship will tie up. I am thinking he will meet the fishermen he has read about, he always admired the Apostle Peter. Yeah and he will meet the ONE who fed thousands with 2 fish and 5 loaves. Harry will be home. Once settled I like to think he will have time to visit with Dick and Kat. As they await our ship.
As we age it is normal to lose friends along the way, but I want to tell you, when I think of Harry I will smile.
He actually once did do the Coast Guard Duty, of towing this Blue-water sailor ashore after I had run out of gas. He enjoyed telling that tale. WE had a lot of laughs.
Henry Ford built these in 1929 the year Harry was born.
Now the 2015 Ford….
I apologize for not commenting on blogs today. There must be a million popups built into this system when you buy it I cannot get past them when I go to your blogs to make a comment. each time I start to type another comes up with no ‘x’ to get rid of it. evidently the popup control is not working.