We had a very successful Second Light ceremony for the Eric Harkins family and a remembrance of recently passed LAS members. When I wake up more, I will send out more pictures. Here is what I wrote for Eric. It was read at a ceremony in the multi-purpose building preceded by a slide show of Eric’s life beautifully done by Don Spain. We then had a moment of silence for our deceased LAS members. And, unbelievably, Jupiter popped out of the clouds and stayed visible long enough for everyone to see its splendor through his 15″ Discovery dob. Thus, Second Light for the scope he loved and the people he loved.. Thanks. Eric!
It has been one year since Eric passed, so we gather here tonight
To remember a gift he gave us all as we see the Second Light.
They say you can see the soul of a man by looking in his eyes
Eric had an old soul, one that was warm and wise
As though his ancestors dwelt within to give advice so sage
That his soul could go on gracing us as it lives from age to age.
But his quiet smile was his gift to all and if you passed his way
He would give it to you freely to brighten up your day.
Beguiling, quietly giving his smile to everyone he met
So they, in turn, could pass it on to humankind and yet
He would want us all to smile as we gather here tonight
To look at the stars that he so loved as we view the Second Light.
So, drink them in, feast on the heavens, the final gift he gives
Remember this man with the quiet smile for when you do, he lives!