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Ripley reunion held in Fenwick

Cutting the cake at the recent Ripley family reunion is Olive Porter, along with Phyllis Lowe (centre) and Pauline Read. In the back row are (from left) Helen Bacon, Donald Ripley and Robert Ripley. Contributed

BROOKDALE - Greetings from Brookdale.

We are now into August and time is flying. Our weather is not all that great but nothing to complain about.

The golfers had a great day on Monday at Fox Meadow in Stratford, P.E.I. They found the traffic really heavy in and around Charlottetown. The rain held off until evening.

Descendants of George Wellington Ripley (1860-1937) and his wife, Arenia "Rena"Jane Smith (1869-1907) gathered under beautiful skies at the original family home (built in 1886) in Fenwick recently to share memories, take photos, and enjoy a delicious potluck supper (including barbecue chicken).

Hosts of the event were Donald and Mary Ripley and their family. About 100 family members from Picton, London and Milton, Ont. area; Halifax; Moncton; Calgary, Alta.; Truro as well as the Fenwick/Nappan area represented the family of George and Rena's children, Morley, Percy, Rose and Kenneth.

With family gathered around, Olive (eldest descendant at 88) cut the cake, decorated with a photo of George and Rena. Tours were made of the family home (now owned by Derek and Sandy Ripley), children played games while older folks chatted and checked over photos and family genealogy. Rev. Karen Woods Fillmore and her husband Gary joined the family as Karen has often done for past reunions.

Recent visitors with Helen Bacon, Upper Nappan, have been Grayce Bacon and Robert Tucker of Calgary, Alta.: Phyllis and Art Lowe of Picton, Ont. and their sons, Tom and Roger with other family members in the area for the Ripley reunion.

Also, Robert and Thelma Bird of B.C. dropped by for a visit one afternoon and, later in the week, Murray and Paulette Bird from St. Basile LeGrand, Que., their son, Paul and his wife, Chantal, with three of their children from Quebec City visited. Ann and Bill Landry of Avonport visited, as well as Matthew Bacon and his partner, Angela, from the Saint John, N.B., area.

Many other immediate family members stopped by this summer to say "hello" to Helen, a.k.a. Mom, Grannie B. or Great Nan.

Something to think about - It is believed that people with causes live longer, age slower, stay sharper, are happier and more agreeable. This could give more meaning to life and living. Being healthy is also a great asset.

Weekly quote: Palliative care is supporting those who are approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are less for all involved. This is something that we all have participate in sooner or later.

Have a good week.

Geographic location: Brookdale, Fenwick, Picton Calgary, Alta Fox Meadow Stratford P.E.I. Charlottetown London Milton Moncton Quebec City Saint John

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