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S: MY GRANDDAD John K Whidden June 1 1943 - February 18 2011


1: Good times as a little boy in the country

2: A young boy in Maitland, NS To the left, hard at work on the farm. Below, posing with his sister Kathryn

3: Grandfathers are just antique little boys.

6: Ships are the nearest things to dreams that hands have ever made | ...I was told we'd cruise the seas for American gold We'd fire no guns-shed no tears Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier he last of Barrett's Privateers...

7: Ah, for just one time I would take the Northwest Passage To find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea; | We'd fire no guns-shed no tears Now I'm a broken man on a Halifax pier he last of Barrett's Privateers...

8: “The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his grandfather was a pirate.” | The many faces of your Granddad over the years

9: "Illegitimi non carborundum" | Once said of your granddad: "an intellectual disguised as a mountain man"

10: Great Memories

12: "Fine as Kind"

14: Trip to Newfoundland Fall of 2010 | "Ask me about Christian coffee"

15: He'll invite you in and treat you well And when you drink his brand He'll tell you all the stories Of good old Newfoundland

16: "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog." | One couldn't have a book about John K Whidden without mentioning his best 4 legged friend in life, Hugo. | JK brought Hugo home from his trip up north, he was his "bear dog" They ended up being inseparable

17: J O Y | "Never better"

18: My Daddy with his Daddy!

19: A Granddad you barely knew. One you will soon forget except for stories and pictures. He had so much love to give you; You may never know his influence in your life but it will be there. You may never see him there to support you, but he will be there. You may never hear his guidance but he will provide it. He is there now. He will always be there ...watching over you.

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