The Journal of Canadian

Wilderness Canoeing

    FALL 2004

WINTER 2005

PAGE 7

OUTFIT 118 & 119

 

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From the Editor

 

And now for something completely different. First of all, I would like to thank the so many of you who wrote to express their sympathies with the passing of my wife Margaret. It was strange again after everything had quieted down here to be flooded with so many kind thoughts as the news spread out through the Che-Mun community.

We are holding up well but things but we had more sad news with the passing of my father Tom Peake in October. I wrote in my eulogy to him:

“Tom Peake was there to support you, encourage you, assist you. How else can you explain how a man, who to my knowledge never paddled a canoe, raised four sons who are among Canada’s premier wilderness canoeists. He was so proud of the Hide-Away Canoe Club. That was Tom Peake; he supported you in what you wanted to do. He took an interest in what you pursued. And he counseled, when asked. 

“But it was his thoughtfulness for which he was legendary and there so many examples. One memorable time was when we arrived back from a 55-day northern canoe trip having named the Morse River in 1985, Dad led the reception committee at Parry Sound train station with a red carpet, special bagpipe music and a champagne toast. We knew we were home. He later hosted a black tie dinner for 54 at Rosedale Golf Club in Toronto for Eric Morse– it was a magical evening that has become a treasured lifelong memory.”

So, you will understand why we were all happy to see 2004 gone! And it also explains why you are reading the first - and only - Double Issue of Che-Mun combining Outfits 118 and 119. This allows us

         

Thomas Albert Peake 1923-2004

to catch up and get back to a regular schedule. And though we have only boosted in four pages, in order to keep mailing costs in line, we hope you will understand.

Life will have more disappoints ahead, but we feel sure there are many more highlights and memorable times too. That is why we will keep canoeing the north and doing our expeditions. Dad would want it that way. Out trips are a crystallization of life, a time when you truly feel alive. And as we just found out, such trips, while ephemeral, are also very real and deeply meaningful.

                                         Michael Peake

 Fall 2004/Winter 2005        Outfit 118 & 119 

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