Last wishes

Posted: Sunday, December 05, 2010

A number of people, speaking to me of the death of my father, Bob DeArmond, have expressed some dismay that there are no observances planned.

He gave me precise instructions, in writing, on this point, as follow:

"I do not want any funeral services or memorial services or any other gathering for muttering and mumbling about me."

The tone and finality of that declaration probably won't surprise anybody who knew my father.

Another matter that people have asked me about is where to make donations in his memory. He didn't give any instructions on that point, but I think that donations to any of the historical organizations with which he was identified would be entirely suitable and that the idea would have pleased him.

These institutions would include: the Alaska State Historical Library, Juneau, through the Friends of the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier Avenue, Juneau, AK 99801; The Sitka Historical Society, 330 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835; Kettleson Memorial Library, 320 Harbor Drive, Sitka, AK 99835; and Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, 114 W. 4th Street, Juneau, AK 99801.

I am sure that any of these institutions would be happy to have in-kind gifts of historical materials as well as donations of money to purchase such materials.

I want to thank all those who have expressed condolences to me on the death of my father. It affirms to me how well known and highly esteemed he was in Sitka, Juneau, Alaska and the larger world.

I particularly thank the staff of the Sitka Pioneer Home for providing a loving home and good care to both my parents for so many years, and particularly to my father in his last years. I know that he valued the good treatment he got there, and that the staff esteemed and cared for him too. The Pioneer Homes are an institution of which Alaskans can be justifiably proud.

William De Armond


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