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Passing of Connie Small

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Postby FFCC President » Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:29 am


http://www.portsmouthherald.com/news/01 ... /61337.htm

It is with a very heavy heart I have read Jeremy's email to the Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse about the passing of Connie Small. I am deeply saddened by this. :cry: :cry: :cry: I will be there tomorrow for the funeral.

This is a poem I had sent to her about 5 years ago before I even met her. I am sure that many of you have read in my previous posts what an inspiration she is.

The Lightkeeper's Wife
The lightkeeper's wife,
Was sturdy and strong.
A wife, mother, and keeper
She could do it all.
Living sometimes in isolated places,
Away from her families familiar faces.
She always endured,
She never complained.
She never gave herself a thought,
Just went about her duties with what the day brought.
Always having to think ahead,
Her days were filled with barely a dread.
There were children to raise, teach, and feed
Livestock to tend, gardens to weed.
The lightkeeper's wife was no easy one,
But she always did what needed to be done.
She never wavered in her care of the light,
Always ready to back up her husband with all her might.
When the keeper would be called away,
The mariners knew she would show them the way.
The white glove inspections were a keeper's dread,
But her house would be spotless the inspector said.
She prided herself on her home, family and light
Never once letting it all out of her sight.
Yes, the lightkeeper's wife,
Was sturdy and strong.
A wife, mother, and keeper,
She could do it all.

Ann Shelton
March 17, 2003

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I feel so very lucky to have met such a wonderful woman.
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Postby vacastle » Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:38 am


A huge loss to the lighthousing community, but Connie Small left us with huge wealth. What an inspiration this lady was, and what a lady!

She will be sadly and greatly missed.

Judy :cry:
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Postby Ross » Thu Jan 27, 2005 9:57 am


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Postby Pharoslvr » Thu Jan 27, 2005 10:52 am


I never had the pleasure of meeting Connie, but through the posts of Jeremy and other's, I felt that I knew her and her immeasurable contributions to the lighthouse community.
She was certainly a very special lady who will be missed tremendously!

A truly sad day...... :(
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Postby bert911 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 1:43 pm


A quote from her book: "May the sunrise bring you hope and inspiration, the sunset the comfort of a day well spent."

Connie ~ Enjoy your sunset!

God Bless

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Postby beachbum1616 » Thu Jan 27, 2005 2:46 pm


This is sad news to the lighthouse community.
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Postby vacastle » Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:50 am


From the Portsmouth Herald Maine News this morning,

Farewell to the 'First Lady of Light"
http://www.seacoastonline.com/news/01292005/maine/61723.htm

It must have been a beautiful service...befitting a beautiful lady.

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Postby COTA » Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:57 am


Thanks for the link Judy.
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Postby FFCC President » Mon Jan 31, 2005 6:04 am


It was a beautiful service for a very wonderful and inspiring lady.
Marblehead Lighthouse - You lit up so many important times for us. 8/23/00 and 1/13/01. May your light always shine.
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Postby COTA » Mon Jan 31, 2005 12:31 pm


I bet it was Roxie. Wish I could have been there.
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Postby plebetkin » Tue Feb 01, 2005 8:54 am


one never dies if we allow that person to live on in our collective memories.
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