I spent most of my childhood and teenage summers up at the farm in Meadowvale and at the cottage up in Muskoka. I will always remember aunt Cherie (and uncle Ian) as patiently and lovingly treating me as one of the family as I endeavored to get into all the sorts of mischief and misbehavior as a smart aleck kid (or “Yank” as Cheryl referred to me as) from Connecticut could manage. I remember as a young kid riding to the Dominion supermarket with her in the big green car to get the weekly groceries and more importantly: “Bo-Bones” Which is what she called the big old bones she would get from the butcher for Bobo and Skeek. She would not forget a package or goodies (chicken gizzards or livers or some such “treats”) for her kitties, the chief amongst them being her aptly, and practically named “Black Cat”. Bruce and I would inevitably tear off to some far off location and would get a stern “talking to” when we finally wandered back. I remember collecting and stacking the hay bales, and drinking hot water out of Mac’s Milk jugs that uncle Ian would have strategically hung with bailing twine all over the hay loft. “It’s hot, but is it ever good” he would say after a big guzzle. We would break and go back to the house where aunt Cherie had a big lunch waiting for us, and we would sit around the table eating and drinking her special “add one extra can full of water or its too strong” lemonade and discussing our daily adventures. Bruce and I, thinking ourselves quite clever, would often swipe a can of that lemonade concentrate and eat it right out of the can like it was some kind of sherbet or water-ice. Aunt Cherie would catch us and scold us for wasting it like that (Big Eddie just shook his head). My Aunt Cherie was the kindest, gentlest and most cheerful person I have ever known. So, so-long aunt Cherie. Thank you for some of the greatest memories of my lifetime. You will be greatly missed by myself and assuredly by anyone who had the fortune of knowing you. I will never forget the kindness and love you showed me during all the times I spent with you and your family. Please say hi to uncle Ian, Frank, Dan and Shirley on your continued adventures.