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Member News

Addison Miller "taks the low road" 

 

The Clann of the Wolf has lost another of its long-time members and leaders.  Addison “Ad” Miller, Wolf XIII (2005-2006), Cadet under Joey Hall (Wolf XII 2003-2004), and WV Sept Chief, passed from this life on Friday, January 6, 2017.  Our sorrow, grief and sympathy are sent to mingle with those of his wife, Vicky, and his family.  He will be sorely missed, and will be remembered with a toast when next the Clann gathers. 

 

A wee bit o' poetic license with Andy Lang's lyrics for our farewell to Bonnie Ad:

             We'll meet where we parted in yon shady glen,

             on the steep, steep side o' Ben Lommond,

             where in purple hue the hielands again we'll view,

             as the moon looks out frae the gloamin'.

             Oh, we'll tak the high road,

             and he'll tak the low road,

             and he'll be in Scotland afore us.

             But Bonnie Ad and we will someday meet again,

             on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lommond.

 

Farewell to our brother in arms.  Piper, a lament if you please!    

 

 

Russ Berry (Wolf XVII) is in need of our thoughts and prayers

 

Our immediate past Clann of the Wolf International Chief (and camp cook extraordinaire), Russ Berry, has learned that he has a serious defect in one of his heart valves that has resulted in an even more serious aneurysm on his ascending aortic artery. Both of these problems will require surgery. Russ is hoping to have this surgery scheduled to take place later this month (July 2015) or early next month (August 2015). Please keep Russ in your thoughts and prayers. This webmaster will post news from Russ as soon as it is received. Cards, notes, letters, and emails may be sent to Russ at:

7425 Kessler-Frederick Road

West Milton, OH 45383

Email: berrygoodwine@yahoo.com

 

Russ sent out the following email July 14, 2015 with updated news:

“I got a call last week while we were camping in Michigan from the cardiologist. He said after reviewing all the testing and literature, that they were not going to do surgery now but have me get CT scans every 6 months to keep an eye on the aneurysm.  The heart valve, even though it is a bi-valve, was not anywhere bad enough to replace. I couldn't believe it. What a miracle!!! Surgery may be in the future, but not now. I am sure it has been all the prayers.
Thanks so much
Russ ”

 

Erin Willard “taks the low road”

 

According to a May 8, 2015 email from International Clann Cadet Patti Strickland:

Erin Fay Willard – wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, healer, confidante - 79 passed away April 20, 2015. Erin was born to the late Ruth and Maurice Ketcham in Iowa. Erin moved to Florida in 1959 after she married her husband of 58 years, David King “Boomer” Willard, Jr.. Erin was a graduate of the Methodist Kayoor School of Nursing. Erin retired as an RN from Dr. Bork's Family Practice after 36 years of service. Erin is survived by her husband David King Willard, Jr., 3 sons David King III (Lori), Kevin Scott (Donna) and Timothy Patrick. 5 Grandchildren - Adam, Tiffany, David, Brittini and Eric. 5 Great Grandchildren-Madison, Ansley, Mason, Alyssa and Cheznie. Her sister Michaela Cullen (Jim). Memorial contributions may be made in Erin's name to the RITA Foundation at www.theritafoundation.org.

 

Erin and Boomer attended many of the Clann Wolf events for many years.  Boomer is an honorary Clann Chief, “Boomer the Foist [First] .”

 

CLANN WOLF was represented at the Wake for ERIN by several members of the Clann.  CLANN WOLF contributed paper goods and ice to the remembrance event.  Many fine memories of sister ERIN were shared by everyone attending.  ERIN WILLARD's physical presence will be sorely missed, but her spirit lives on strong in her friends and family.

 

I've heard the lilting, at the yowe-milking,

Lassies a-lilting before dawn o' day;

But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning;

"The Flowers of the Forest are a' wede away".

 

Farewell to our sister.  We will raise a glass to her memory when next we gather.  Piper, a lament if you please!

 

Cards and letters of sympathy may be sent to:

David Willard, Jr.

4433 Jiggermast Ave.

Jacksonville, FL 32277

boomersforge@comcast.net

 

Fred Davis “taks the low road”

 

According to an August 7, 2014 email from International Clann Chief Russ Berry (Wolf XVII):

“Yesterday around 10:00 AM we lost Fred Davis. He found out 2 weeks ago he had AML, a type of leukemia that is very difficult to treat.   He has been a long time member of Clann of the Wolf and attended several Alafias over the years. Keep his family and friends in you prayers and thoughts as they go on with out him.”

 

A wee bit o' poetic license with Andy Lang's lyrics for our farewell to Bonnie Fred:

             We'll meet where we parted in yon shady glen,

             on the steep, steep side o' Ben Lommond,

             where in purple hue the hielands again we'll view,

             as the moon looks out frae the gloamin'.

             Oh, we'll tak the high road,

             and he'll tak the low road,

             and he'll be in Scotland afore us.

             But Bonnie Fred and we will someday meet again,

             on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lommond.

 

Farewell to our brother in arms.  Piper, a lament if you please!

 

Tim Hanselman “taks the low road”

 

According to International Clann Chief Russ Berry (Wolf XVII):

 

Tim Hanselman expired on May 5 2013.  It was after a very lengthy bout with heart disease. I want to think it was around 2003 that he suffered a major heart attack. According to Tim he lost over 50% of his heart function at that time and it slowly worsened as time progressed. In the fall of 2012 his doctors said that his heart was about to totally fail. He was given the option of receiving a mechanical heart. After they installed the mechanical heart he had tremendous trouble controlling his blood clotting. He eventually threw enough clots that major organs were having their blood flow blocked and started shutting down and this was what finally took him from us.

 

A wee bit o' poetic license with Andy Lang's lyrics for our farewell to Bonnie Tim:

             We'll meet where we parted in yon shady glen,

             on the steep, steep side o' Ben Lommond,

             where in purple hue the hielands again we'll view,

             as the moon looks out frae the gloamin'.

             Oh, we'll tak the high road,

             and he'll tak the low road,

             and he'll be in Scotland afore us.

             But Bonnie Tim and we will someday meet again,

             on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lommond.

 

Farewell to our brother in arms.  Piper, a lament if you please!

 

Sue Young is in need of our thoughts and prayers

 

Webmaster’s update: According to a phone conversation I had with Rick Young 3/13/14, Sue is home and continuing to work hard on the long road of recovery from her heart attack and stroke. Family members are providing assistance and support as needed. Rick has once again assured me that he will let us know if there is any way we can be of assistance to Sue and him. Emails of encouragement may be sent to FYoungRick@msn.com and card, notes, and letters of encouragement may be sent to:

Rick & Sue Young
206 S. Church St.
Moorestown, NJ 08057-2757

 

According to an email received 11/27/13 from Clann of the Wolf NJ Sept Chief and piper Rick Young about his wife Sue, long-time Clann of the Wolf member, known and loved by many Wolfers, “Sue had a heart attack on Nov. 17, followed by a stroke on Nov. 18.  Fortunately, I didn't lose her, but she's currently in a rehab hospital, and it looks like it's going to be a long, hard way back.”

Rick stated during a phone conversation yesterday (11/29/13) that Sue’s right side is paralyzed and her power of speech has also been seriously affected by the stroke.

Please keep Sue and Rick in your thoughts and prayers as they confront the challenges that lay ahead for them. Rick has assured this webmaster that he will let us know if there is anything that we as their fellow Clann members can do to help them.

 

Shirlee “Bushwoman” Westphal “taks the low road”

 

A well-known and dearly beloved long-time member of the Clann of the Wolf (West Virginia Sept) and sutler of fine quality clothing for our era of re-enacting passed from this life this month (December 2008).  Shirlee Westphal, known in our circles and on her website as “Bushwoman” and known to her greatly loved and loving husband as wife, friend, and during Greg’s extended illness as his tireless and caring nurse, will leave a large gap in our events, source of supply, and most of all, in our hearts.

 

I've heard the lilting, at the yowe-milking,

Lassies a-lilting before dawn o' day;

But now they are moaning on ilka green loaning;

"The Flowers of the Forest are a' wede away".

 

Farewell to our sister.  We will raise a glass to her memory when next we gather.  Piper, a lament if you please!

 

Cards and letters of sympathy may be sent to:

Greg Westphal

PO Box 822

Alderson, WV 24910

home phone 304-445-2350

 

Dan Taylor "taks the low road" 

 

The Clann of the Wolf has lost one of its long-time members and leaders.  Dan Taylor, Wolf IX, Cadet under Rick Havens (Wolf VIII), passed from this life on Saturday, February 3, 2007.  Our sorrow, grief and sympathy are sent to mingle with those of his wife, Mary, and his family.  He will be sorely missed, and will be remembered with a toast when next the Clann gathers. 

Dan will always be remembered as a passionate re-enactor, a talented and spirited musician, and one possessed of the Celtic sense of humor.  Those in attendance at the Alafia of '99 may recall Dan getting his wish to attend his own wake, so as not to miss any of the merriment.  And such a wake it was, reported to have been a rival to Finnegan's own!  Why, we can almost hear the mischief in Dan's own voice saying "Whirl your whiskey around like blazes.  Thanum an Duhl, do you thunk I'm dead?"

Dan was immortalized in his role as the Lochiel in the 1999 filming of "The White Cockade"--and a fine Lochiel he was!

 

A wee bit o' poetic license with Andy Lang's lyrics for our farewell to Bonnie Dan:

             We'll meet where we parted in yon shady glen,

             on the steep, steep side o' Ben Lommond,

             where in purple hue the hielands again we'll view,

             as the moon looks out frae the gloamin'.

             Oh, we'll tak the high road,

             and he'll tak the low road,

             and he'll be in Scotland afore us.

             But Bonnie Dan and we will someday meet again,

             on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lommond.

 

Farewell to our brother in arms.  Piper, a lament if you please!    

 

(pipe medley playing: Green Hills of Tyrol, When the Battle's O'er, Lochanside)