Monday, June 28, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Uncle Minnow

After the calling hours Monday night in Erie we went to the Sand Bar which is a cute beach-style bar and restaurant on Eighth at Peninsula.

We had a late dinner and at Uncle Ted's request toasted Uncle John with the most appropriate beer he could find on the menu, Dead Guy Ale. Dead Guy is brewed by Rogue, out in Oregon. 

From Rogue's website:
In the style of a German Maibock, using our proprietary Pacman ale yeast. Deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor.

8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

In the early 1990s Dead Guy Ale was created as a private tap sticker to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead (November 1st, All Souls Day) for Casa U Betcha in Portland, Oregon. 

On Tuesday we headed back to Erie for the funeral, which was held at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul:

At the end of the funeral mass, his ashes were interred in the columbarium that's built into the cathedral. It's a little room at the front of the church on the right hand side of the altar. As usual, wikipedia can educate us:

columbarium is a place for the respectful and usually public storage of cinerary urns (i.e., urns holding a deceased’s cremated remains). The term comes from the Latin columba (dove) and originally referred to compartmentalized housing for doves and pigeons; see dovecote.

Today's columbaria can be either free standing units, or part of a mausoleum or another building. Some manufacturers produce columbaria that are built entirely off-site and brought to the cemetery by a large truck. Many modern crematoria have columbaria. Fine examples of these are the columbaria in Pere Lachaise and Golders Green.
In other cases, columbaria are built into church structures. One example is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles, California), which houses a number of columbarium niches in the mausoleum built into the lower levels of the Cathedral. The construction of columbaria within churches is particularly widespread in the Czechoslovak Hussite Church. An example can be seen at the Church of St Nicolas in Old Town Square (Prague). In the Roman Catholic Church, although traditional burial is still preferred, cremation is permitted provided that the cremated remains are buried or entombed. As a result, columbaria can be found within some Catholic cemeteries.

Then we headed to the Erie Yacht Club for the wake. First though my brother and nephew traded ties outside the church. It made a cute photo:

The best part of the day was getting to spend time with all my cousins, 

and the whole family!

When we were kids, Uncle John told us all that he was the shark and we (all the cousins) were the minnows. He'd hang the boys upside down by their ankles until they cried Uncle... Uncle Shark! When they got big enough they turned the tables on him... and he became Uncle Minnow. Though I don't think they ever got ahold of his ankles, they might have thrown him in the drink. :)

We'll miss you Uncle John.

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