Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Packing for the Convention - here's a dress guide

I was asked how we should dress for the events on our calendar. Here are my recommendations.

Thursday Night @ Manx National Heritage — Smart casual

Friday Coach tour — walking shoes and rain gear. Dress in layers. 

Friday Night — Smart casual

Saturday Dinner — Dress up nicely please. It’s our big day!

Sunday Tynwald Garden Party — Very smart. Suits, jacket & ties, sun dresses (or warmer version!) OK for ladies to wear pants but smart not jeans. It’s on grass so watch those stilettos. Hats optional but worn by many women.

Sunday Church — Church clothes. It’s a short walk from the hotel.

Monday Tynwald — Sitting on the bleachers outside. Dress for the weather. Take a rain poncho or sunhat depending on forecast.

Monday dinner — it’s a family affair, dress however you want.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Getting Creative in Peel and the West for Annual Art Festival

There’ll be plenty of activity in Peel and the west during the early May Bank Holiday weekend (3rd – 5th May), with the third Western Open Studio Art Trail offering some new and colourful developments as part of their celebration of the visual arts.

This annual festival has proved a popular addition to the local events calendar, and will include more than forty artists from all over the Island who will be exhibiting and

demonstrating their work in over eighteen venues.

Tipped to be the biggest WOSAT event to date, artists including water-colourists, print makers, mixed media and ceramicists, will be opening up their studios in Peel, Kirk Michael, Dalby and St John’s to reveal what goes on inside.

Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council and organised by The Creative Network, WOSAT is set to be one of the major festivals during this year’s Island of Culture, with demonstrations in a number of venues in Peel and the surrounding area showing a wide variety of techniques. Both adults and children will have the opportunity of some ‘hands-on’ experience (mostly free of charge) during this community event, with displays of professional artwork scattered liberally across many public venues, shops and businesses.
This year’s festival will incorporate three large group exhibitions in Peel and St John’s, with The Isle Gallery situated in Tynwald Mills providing a major exhibition which will be open to the public 30th April – 1st June.

The organising committee of WOSAT, which has become synonymous with the west of the Island, is always keen to expand the event’s themes and bring new ideas into the celebration, which this year will be the Peel Yarn Bomb.
Believed to have originated in Texas, USA, where knitters were keen to find a creative way to use leftover wool, Yarn Bombing has become a worldwide craze, and a highly creative phenomenon. Many local people have been busy knitting and crocheting for the event with the support of King Cole Yarns, through Joan’s Wools and Crafts in Onchan, the Sweet Ginger Emporium in Ramsey and Peel Commissioners.

The Sweet Ginger Emporium will also have a stall in the Corrin Hall together with local caterer Betty’s on hand in the grounds of Peel Cathedral. There’s also a fine selection of cafes and pubs within Peel and St John’s offering a varied menu for those feeling peckish between venues.
At a budget busting £2 for a three-day weekend of exciting family events, including entry into eighteen venues, as an added bonus anyone under sixteen years of age goes free!

The only extra cost is £2 for the trail guide, a great souvenir which offers a useful introduction to the participating artists and becomes your weekend tour guide.

Valerie Caine

© April 2014 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Manx Group Wins Pan Celtic International Song Contest!

Manx group Shenn Scoill scored a win for the Isle of Man in last night’s Pan Celtic International Song Contest (the Island’s first victory in the competition’s history) with their evocative composition Tayrn Mee Thie (Drawing Me Home), winning €3,000.

Shenn Scoill winning Arrane son Mannin in Peel earlier this year
Held as part of the 43rd Pan Celtic Festival, the annual event crossed the Irish border for the first time in its history this year, as the annual celebration moved to the city of Derry in Northern Ireland.

Shenn Scoill who won the local heat Arrane son Mannin (Song for Mann) earlier this year at the Masonic Hall in Peel, have also been kept busy during the festival entertaining audiences and competitors with Manx music and song.

Valerie Caine

© April 2014

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Chapter Opens as Carol Retires from the Ward Library in Peel

A new chapter will be written at the Ward Library in Peel with the retirement of Carol Horton as resident librarian after thirty years of loyal service to the town.

Carol, who took over the position from Mrs Myrtle Nicholson, celebrated her departure from the post with an informal get-together in the Sophia Morrison Room, where she was joined by family, friends and members of the library wishing her well in retirement.

She commented, “I am delighted that so many children have been able to come and see the new bookcases and kinder boxes in the junior library, bought with a donation from the family of Mr James Kewley Ward in Canada, keeping the links with Peel alive. At last I have been able to display the beautiful collage that Mrs Sue Collins has donated to the library. A separate anonymous donation meant I was able to purchase a lot of
new books for the junior section and I hope that you all like the seaside theme. The disabled/pram access is almost completed and I’m very grateful to Peel Commissioners outdoor staff who worked hard to finish this project before my retirement.

Many of the changes at the library over the years have only been made possible with the support of Peel Commissioners and I would like to thank all of their staff, together with Chris Littler for his help in setting up the library’s website.”

A steady stream of well-wishers filtered through the library to enjoy Carol’s farewell party, which was organised by a small circle of friends and helpers, with special thanks to Mrs Margaret Bowden who made an excellent retirement cake at very short notice, and Carol’s husband and family for their ongoing support.

Carol said, “I would like to thank my colleagues at all the other libraries around the Island. Working on my own has meant that I have no-one to bounce ideas off and I have always known that they were just a phone call away if I needed help and advice. Castletown Librarian, Mrs Pauline Cringle, is also retiring at the end of April and I would like to wish her a happy retirement and thank her for all of her help over the many years we have worked together.”

Jenny Gotrel, who has been on hand to man the desk in Carol’s absence, has also decided to retire and Carol would like to extend her thanks to all of the many relief helpers who have come to her aid over the years.

Carol remarked, “I know I’m going to miss everyone and the day to day contact with you all. There aren’t many jobs where the people you come into contact with become your friends; I must have the most friends in Peel! Thank you all for making this day so memorable for me, but I am excited about the future. I’m not closing a book, just opening a new chapter.”

Miss Gemma Quilliam has been appointed as new librarian and will take up her position shortly.

Valerie Caine

© April 2014

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Isle of Man Stamps - The Battle of Clontarf

As Ireland prepares to celebrate the millennium of the Battle of Clontarf, Isle of Man Stamps has issued a set of six stamps to commemorate one of the most definitive battles of Irish history.

But the Isle of Man is closely linked to this event by the Vikings Bródir and Óspak, who gathered a substantial army of men in the western port of Peel before heading off to fight, taking with him a large number of Manx Vikings.

And although stories differ in the retelling, it is suspected that they were implicated in the death of Brian Boru.

Fought outside Dublin on the 23rd April, 1014, (Good Friday) the Battle of Clontarf marked a turning point in Ireland’s history and introduced a new era for the country.

Isle of Man Stamps commissioned artist Victor Ambrus to create six individual images of the battle, including some of the principal characters, using water-colour and ink to capture the sense of stark brutality.

General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, Maxine Cannon, said, “Victor Ambrus has produced some amazing images that capture crucial events in the thousand year old shared history of the Isle of Man, Ireland and the Orkney Isles. The Battle of Clontarf is a key event in history that has shaped the future of Ireland and of course the Isle of Man. These stamps pay a great tribute to the memory of the battle and King Brian Boru. We are very pleased to be able to offer our collectors such an important piece of history.”

The text is supplied by Dr Howie Firth, providing a short, but detailed account of the events which led to the death of the legendary Brian Boru. His narrative also includes selected quotations and comment from chroniclers of the period.

Dr Firth commented, “It’s tremendous that the Isle of Man Post Office is marking the 1000th anniversary of an event that has resonated through the centuries in stories and sagas. The battle affected the lives of so many people and communities, from Ireland and Man to Orkney and Iceland. The sea route from Norway down through the Irish Sea and on the Mediterranean was one of the great trading highways of Europe at the time, and the Isle of Man was part of the complex mix of commerce and politics.”

Valerie Caine

© April 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Innocent on the Bounty The Court-Martial and Pardon of Midshipman Peter Heywood, in Letters Peter Heywood and Nessy Heywood

Innocent on the Bounty The Court-Martial and Pardon of Midshipman Peter Heywood, in Letters Peter Heywood and Nessy Heywood Edited by Donald A. Maxton and Rolf E. Du Rietz

This is the first complete publication of a rare collection of letters and poems written from 1790 to 1792—many of which have never appeared in print—telling the true story of Peter Heywood from the Isle of Man, a young Royal Navy midshipman on H.M.S. Bounty wrongly accused of mutiny, and his devoted sister, Nessy, who worked tirelessly to save him from being condemned and executed for this crime.

This edition is a faithful transcription of a manuscript held at the Newberry Library in Chicago—one of only five surviving manuscripts. 

About the Authors
 Public relations professional Donald A. Maxton is the director of communications for a major hospital network in New York City. He lives in Manhattan.

Pacific historian Rolf E. Du Rietz, former director of the Center for Bibliographical Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, is the author of several books and articles about Captain Bligh and the Bounty. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.

To buy the book go here:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Isle of Man Department of Education & Children's Manx Folk Awards

Organised by the Isle of Man Department of Education and Children, the annual Manx Folk Awards (Aundyr yn Kiaull Theay Vannin) were held at the Kensington Road Youth Arts Centre in Douglas at the beginning of April.

Although only in its third year in this format, the competitions, aimed at school children, have grown rapidly in popularity, encompassing Manx music, song, dance and poetry and were organised in conjunction with Culture Vannin and Manx National Heritage.

The competitions were a progression from Cruinnaght Aeg which was organised for many years by Fiona McArdle; a well known Manx speaker, dancer and singer on the Island.

But, current organiser, Jo Callister, explained why some changes had taken place. “The competitions used to happen in the north and in the south. The whole reason why we moved them into Douglas (the capital) was to make them more central and so more children could watch other children performing.”

She continued, “What we found happening was that the schools in the north entered in the north and the schools in the south entered in the south and nobody actually ever saw what anyone else was doing. By watching the children perform I think other children become inspired.”

There were classes for infant and primary school age children catering for various abilities together with additional set choir pieces, based this year on the legendary Moddey Dhoo (Black Dog) of Peel Castle.

Meanwhile in a change to previous years, entries from secondary schools were judged as video entries and displayed online, with selected winners invited to perform in concert at Yn Chruinnaght Inter-Celtic Festival later this year.

Additionally, there was also a special multi-media competition with one school clinching an exclusive visit from Manx born top Blues guitarist Davy Knowles, who has taken on the role of ambassador for this year’s Island of Culture.

Valerie Caine

© April 2014

Queensland Manx Rolling Newsletter

2014 Qms Rolling Newsletter April 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Celtic Festival Season Gets Underway!

The 43rd Pan Celtic Festival will cross the Irish border for the first time in its history this year as the annual celebration of all things Celtic moves to the city of Derry in Northern Ireland.

It’s a great opportunity for those from the Celtic nations to come together and celebrate the occasion through music and song, attracting a sizeable number of competitors from the Isle of Man, with the assistance of the Isle of Man Arts Council.

Many of the competitions and sundry entertainment will be held in the historical Guildhall in Derry, including the keenly contested Pan Celtic International Song Contest which will feature Manx group Shenn Scoill who recently won the local heat Arrane son Mannin (Song for Mann) with their composition Tayrn Mee Thie (Drawing Me Home). Shenn Scoill will also be kept busy during the festival entertaining the crowds with Manx music and song.

But there’ll also be two Manx contenders in the popular traditional song competition as Marlene Hendy, singing Yn Challoo Yiarn (The Iron Pier) endeavours to retain the title she claimed last year. However, she will be joined this year by another Island contender, Lindsay Ridley, who will be singing her new song Skeealyn ny Marrey (Songs of the Sea) in her debut performance at the Pan Celtic Festival.

After the main Inter-Celtic New Song Competition the Manx contingent will be hosting an evening ceili in association with their Breton and Cornish neighbours.

The proviso of the Pan Celtic Festival is that the Celtic languages be used wherever possible, with a Manx Kiaull as Cooish providing an opportunity for festival goers to learn a little Manx Gaelic through speech and song as part of a series of language workshops.

The Island’s native tongue is fairly well understood, particularly in Northern Ireland, with valuable publicity about the Isle of Man’s participation in the festival already aired on Raidió Fáilte in both Irish and Manx.

Meanwhile back on the Isle of Man the organisers of Shennaghys Jiu (10th - 14th April) hope that this year’s home-grown festival will go smoothly after last year’s major snowfall disrupted their schedule.  But if you did miss out on seeing some of the great musicians and dancers there’s a second chance to see some of the visiting groups again this year, together with the support of many local performers.
So, it’s welcome back to Awry, a talented ceilidh band from Edinburgh bringing their own brand of dancing and music to the festival, Meini Gwirion, a small group of musicians and dancers from Wales and The Kerry Dancers who will be performing a high kicking and highly entertaining Irish dance show. Joining them will be the evocatively named Cornish ceilidh band Splann, who will be delivering some of the best Celtic tunes for dancing.

Valerie Caine

© April 2014
(Courtesy of Manx Tails)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

London Exhibition Celebrates the Work of Archibald Knox

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the world famous designer and artist Archibald Knox, with a number of events organised by the Archibald Knox Society to celebrate the occasion.

Born on the Isle of Man in 1864, Archibald Knox became one of the most influential figures in the British Art Nouveau/arts and crafts movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly in respect of his dynamic partnership with the celebrated Liberty & Co of London.

His combination of Celtic design with modern aesthetics and manufacturing processes has attracted an extensive range of world-wide collectors, including decorative art specialists and celebrities such as Brad Pitt.

But on the anniversary of his birth (9th April), there’s a special invitation to a concert at St German’s Cathedral in Peel. Organised in association with Culture Vannin and supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council, there will be an opportunity to hear Manx trad power trio

Barrule, Manx Gaelic choir Caarjyn Cooidjagh, emerging local harp group Claasagh and the cathedral choir, together with a talk entitled The Significance of Archibald Knox by Liam O’Neill. Tickets priced at £5 from various outlets – details available on the Archibald Knox Society website.

Copies of the exclusive Archibald Knox Society Journal which celebrates the 150th anniversary will also be available at the concert.

But there’s also exciting news of a special exhibition organised in London which will bring together possibly the greatest collection of Knox’s metalwork from several private collections (some previously unseen in public) which will include rare examples of Cymric silver, jewellery and clocks from his time working for Liberty & Co.

Founder and Chairman of the Archibald Knox Society, Liam O’Neill, who will deliver a lecture about the designer and his work during the exhibition said, “In 1900 the extraordinary genius of Arthur L. Liberty, combined with his master designer, the Manxman Archibald Knox, put British Art Nouveau metalwork and jewellery in the forefront of modern design. In this exhibition the legacies of these two extraordinary men are once more to unite in bringing together an exceptional collection as chic today as it was then.”

Entitled Archibald Knox: Beauty and Modernity – a Designer Ahead of his Time, this milestone exhibition will be held as part of the Olympia International Art and Antiques Fair, 5th – 15th June.

Dr Stephen Martin, author of the seminal publication Archibald Knox and President of the Archibald Knox Society commented, “Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Manx designer, Archibald Knox, with this exhibition at Olympia is a long overdue and very fortunate opportunity to appreciate more deeply Knox’s diverse genius, his vast influence on twentieth century design and the sheer beauty of his objects.”

Valerie Caine

© April 2014

(Courtesy of Manx Tails)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

More details on our dear friend Marshall Cannell

I received this today from Tina, Marshall's wife of 62 years. 

Marshall Hopewell Cannell, Jr., passed away unexpectedly on March 11, 2014, at the age of 83 from a stroke and cardiac arrest.

He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, son of Marshall H. Cannell, Sr., and Sarah Catherine McKenzie Cannell. He graduated from the Moses Brown School and Brown University in Providence. Upon graduation, he worked in jewelry manufacturing; and in 1956, he began his career with Lincoln Labs training at IBM in New York to become one of the first computer programmers in the country.  The term 'computer programmer' was totally foreign at the time, and it became a guessing game he enjoyed when he was asked what it meant.

The Rand Corporation entered into the picture, followed by Systems Development Corporation (SDC) where he began his long career as a systems consultant to the US Air Force.

His assignments took him and his young family to Levittown, PA (the first Levittown in the country), Petersburg, VA, Woodland Hills, CA, and Ridgewood, NJ. In 1967, his assignment was to SDC offices in Bedford, MA, and Wellesley beckoned because it was a village very similar to Ridgewood, NJ.

In the course of his career at Rand and SDC, he was the Site Leader in charge of the installation of the computer programs for the Sage Automated Air Defense System, worked for the Strategic Air Command's automated system, the AWACS aircraft.  He retired in 1991 as a systems engineer at the MITRE Corporation working on automated command and control systems for the Tactical Air Command.

Following his retirement, he was invited to be the Drama Technical Advisor as a member of the Performing Arts Department faculty of the Wellesley Middle School, and served 15 years teaching Technical Theatre and the Origins of Western Drama.

His community service included three terms as President of the Wellesley Players, Wellesley’s amateur theatre society, and 30 years on their Board of Directors. Marshall was one of the original founders of the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT) and served on the board of the Milford, MA, Theatre Company.

He was elected President of the Wellesley Amateur Radio Society, serving the town for many years as the Civil Defense Radio Officer. As an official of the Air Force Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS), he participated in handling and forwarding morale messages from servicemen fighting in Vietnam.

Marshall was a fixture on election days at Precinct C in Wellesley, working at the poll as recently as the week before his death. As a member of the Maugus Club in Wellesley Hills, he also served on the Board of Directors as President and many years as Property Manager.  He served for a number of years as Tournament Director for the Massachusetts Indoor Badminton Association.

Two of his most cherished positions were as President of the North American Manx Association (NAMA), whose ancestors of members in the United States and Canada come from the Isle of Man, Great Britain.

Being an usher at the 8:00 AM service at St. Andrew's was central to his church contribution.  He was there come what may...he looked forward to the camaraderie with his fellow usher, Jane Givens, the regular attendees, little chats with the clergy.  His other contributions at church were in the early 80s, every Sunday breakfast after the 8:00 AM service, and for 10:00 AM service attendees, who found the breakfasts a pleasant short period of camaraderie with the “early birds." Marshall, Buck Bukaty, and Bob Hehre, RIP, were the brains and brawn behind these very successful breakfasts. Their wives were the staff, and there was great banter and laughter every single Sunday.  Marshall, Buck, and Bob would have lively discussions about all manner of subjects, many of which resulted in them going home to research the subject to see who was right at the end of the discussion!

The breakfasts spawned the formation of two groups, again headed by the three chefs:  the SAGS, and the SAPS.

The St. Andrew's Gourmet Society (SAGS) was responsible for the breakfasts and for any and all dinners which were required or planned spontaneously.  Marshall, Buck and Bob volunteered to cook meals for a country-wide 'Faith Alive' celebratory conference of about 200 participants to be hosted by St. Andrew's.  Great job, indeed.  A huge success of people from all over the country expressing their faith in a supportive community.  Marshall and Valentina ventured into organizing a dinner dance at the Maugus Club, which at the time was a social/athletic club.  That began Marshall's venturing into catering.

He developed an impressive clientele. He catered a number of weddings, engagement parties for members of the club, wedding for one of his bosses at the MITRE Corporation, before he had to lay down his apron! So the SAGS fulfilled his love of cooking.

With the St. Andrew's Painting Society (SAPS), we all painted and spruced up the basement children's areas every summer, as well as small jobs throughout the church building.  His catering extended to fund raisers in Wellesley for the Moses Brown School, and for Brown University Annual Fund...he would cater a light supper for all participants at whatever office had been made available by alums.  Marshall was Class of '48 secretary at Moses Brown School for a number of years and was elected President of his class of '52 at Brown University also for a number of years.  He and Valentina celebrated his 60th reunion, their 60th wedding anniversary at the class reunion in 2010. They had celebrated his 65th reunion at the Moses Brown School earlier.

He was the cook at home, needless to say, and will be sorely missed.
He was a member of the Wellesley Cultural Council, the Wellesley Historical Society, the Massachusetts Historical and Genealogical Society, the Sons and Daughters of the Original Settlers of Old Newbury, MA, the Air Force Association, and MENSA.

Marshall is survived by his wife of 62 years, Valentina Cannell (nee Baudel de Vaudrecourt). He also leaves his daughter Bonny Cannell Nothern and her three children, daughters Alexandra and Blaise Nothern of Acton, MA, and son Denis, Jr. and his wife, Kristen Reinken Nothern of Watertown, MA, as well as his daughter Alejandra Cannell Huete and her husband, Dr. Jorge Huete-Perez, and their son J. Gabriel Huete-Cannell of Acton, MA, and Managua, Nicaragua.

Other dear survivors are his sister Mary Catherine Cannell-Andrews, her husband John Andrews, and his niece Sarah Andrews, of Alexandria,  his brother, Christian Greenleaf Cannell and his wife, Joan, of Pownal, Vt. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Isle of Man Stamps - Archibald Knox

This new stamp release, in collaboration with Manx National Heritage and Lloyds Bank, marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Manxman Archibald Knox and focuses on designs from his iconic work The Deer’s Cry.

An internationally renowned artist and designer, who became a leading exponent of Celtic and Art Nouveau design at the beginning of the 20th century, his work remains popular amongst collectors.

Island Director of Lloyds Bank, Peter Reid, said, “Lloyds is delighted to be partnering Manx National Heritage in celebrating this milestone anniversary of one of the Island’s most famous artists. We are also extremely proud of our involvement in the sponsorship of the commemorative stamps. This year is very significant in terms of celebrating our culture and as one of the leading community banks it is important that we are involved”.

Recognised world wide for his unique style, Knox’s designs in silver and pewter for the celebrated Liberty and Co in London continue to attract the most attention, although on the Isle of Man he is also remembered for his water-colours, together with his designs and illustrations for Manx publications.

Chairman of the Manx Museum and National Trust, Tony Pass, commented, “The Deer’s Cry is undoubtedly one of Archibald Knox’s greatest masterpieces. It brings together many of the aspects of his artistic and personal life and of his Christian faith. The work illustrates his love of the early Manx crosses and th anniversary of Knox’s birth and during the Island of Culture 2014 celebrations, Manx National Heritage and Isle of Man Stamps, with the support of Lloyd’s Bank, are able to bring The Deer’s Cry to a wider audience”.
the Celtic and Viking heritage of the Isle of Man expressed in his distinctive interlace designs. His connection with the workshops of Liberty of London gave him a place in the Celtic/Arts and Crafts revivals. A century later his work is renowned across the world. I am pleased that in the 150

Knox’s life-long fascination with the distinctive Norse and Celtic crosses, found liberally across the Island, is displayed admirably within this commemorative stamp issue which also ties in with the opening of a new exhibition, Celtic Style, at the House of Manannan in Peel.

This set of ten commemorative stamps captures the vibrancy of the designer’s intricate interlace and calligraphy which characterised his work. The images used here originate from Knox’s celebrated manuscript The Deer’s Cry, which is based on an early Irish prayer. A masterpiece of lettering in water-colour, Knox started on this unique piece of artwork whilst working at the Knockaloe Internment Camp during World War I, and is widely acknowledged as his greatest achievement.

General Manager of Isle of Man Stamps and Coins, Maxine Cannon, said, “We are delighted with the stamps, they capture and frame the images from The Deer’s Cry. They are more than a fitting tribute to someone who helped provide the foundations of Manx art and bring it to an international stage. Knox’s legacy and influence continues to live on and the stamps capture an important part of cultural history that we are currently celebrating in 2014 with the Island of Culture”.

Valerie Caine

© April 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Marshall Cannell R.I.P.

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of our Honorary President, Marshall Cannell on Monday, March 10, 2014 March.  Marshall was President of NAMA from 1988 to 1990 and a key contributor to every event and action undertaken by the NAMA Board in recent years. His prodigious memory for the Associations’ by-laws and his intimate knowledge of Robert’s Rules ensured that every meeting stayed on track, with each point of order delivered in the laconic style that marked his dry and deadly sense of humor. Marshall became our Honorary President just last year following the passing of Bob Kelly.  His fellowship will be sadly missed.

A memorial service will be held on May 31st at 11 am at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church at 79 Denton Road in Wellesley, MA. Our condolence to his wife, Tina, and sister Mary Andrews.

Words from Larry Fargher:
I first met Marshall at San Diego in 1982 (My 1st NAMA convention).

The Nominating Committee wanted me to be the 2nd VP and Marshall , the 3rd. He knew much more about NAMA than I did, so I suggested he be 2nd  and I be 3rd. That's the way it went down. From then on , we were great  buddies. When he moved up to 1st VP, he wanted to hold the Convention 
in 1988 near Boston where he had help. The Executive Committee said we were overdue in going to Canada, so Marshall held it in Toronto, and they did a good job. Marshall and I always asked each other about issues and  making sure we'd be together at the next meeting. I will terribly miss not  seeing him again until Heaven.
Larry / Duke
Lawrence L. Fargher