Strange unfortunate coincidence
When I saw that there was a new post on this thread, I thought it was for something else.
I am sorry to say that Dirk's father, Luke passed away yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer. Luke was a truly terrific man. He and his wife Annie raised Dirk to be the man he was. Luke and Dirk kayaked together.... I am not sure who got whom into the sport.
Please honor Luke, as well at this memorial.
"Believe me, my young friend, (said the water rat somlemnly), there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing...." -The Wind in the Willows