Jack’s Sister Margaret

We interrupt our regular bookstore blog to bring you sad news from Jack’s family…

margaretOur phone rang yesterday morning and could see it was a call from the UK. I was shocked to learn that my big sister had died during the night, suddenly and unexpectedly. She had just celebrated her 80th birthday and a big family celebration was planned for when I will be over in June for my annual tour. So, lots of memories and thoughts today.

One of my most treasured possessions is an old hardback copy of ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ that Margaret gave me as a present when I was probably about 8 years old. Over the years it has stayed with me in all the houses I’ve lived in and the other books in the series have been added. But of all the books I own it is the most valuable to me. Throughout my life Pooh has played an important role, and because Wendy is also a big fan our wedding cake was Pooh themed. I have many memories of being well looked after by my big sister before she headed off to England to work and eventually marry. Cycle rides to the seaside and the country were our big thing.

In recent years there hasn’t been a Christmas, birthday, 4th of July or Thanksgiving when I didn’t get a card from her, while I’m particularly glad that I was able to visit her a couple of times in the last few years.

I’ll be re-reading ‘The House at Pooh Corner’ again over the next few days and I know that when I reach the last page, where Christopher Robin explains to Pooh why he won’t be seeing him any more, I’ll be crying as usual. But this time the tears will be for Margaret’s passing as much as Pooh’s.pooh


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19 responses to “Jack’s Sister Margaret

  1. Tobie Pierce

    Love to you, Jack. God is faithful.

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Pat R

    I’m so sorry Jack, huggs. Pat

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  3. Sorry to hear your sad news, Jack. It is clear that you and Margaret shared a wonderful life while together and apart throughout the years. Memories are wonderful! Bobbie ox

  4. Tina H.

    Oh Jack. My condolences to you and to Wendy as well. So glad that you have that copy of Pooh to remember your sister with.

  5. Jenny Reed

    So sorry, Jack. Thinking of you prayerfully.

  6. Cynthia

    So very sorry for your loss Jack. Margaret sounds like a wonderful person. I recently read a study that said that people with older sisters are more successful in life. It sounds like this is true for you. May your memories be blessings.

  7. Jennifer Mullins

    I’m so so sorry, Jack. I’m sure she loved you to the depths of her being. I’m a big sister, and my siblings are a huge part of the joy in my life. I would love it if they remember me in a manner as sweet as yours. Prayers and love.

  8. Donna Stinnard

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We hope that remembering the good times might ease your pain.

  9. Roseary

    Hugs Jack. That was a lovely tribute. You’ll be in my thoughts.

  10. Nancy Narma

    Please know our Thoughts and Prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

  11. Everett C Maneth sr

    So sorry to hear about your Sister. Sisters are very special as we both know and send our thoughts and prayers of comfort at this time.
    The Olde Overlea Goat Herder and his wife…

  12. I’m so sorry to hear this, Jack. May she rest in peace.

  13. Deb

    I’m so sorry to hear this sad news, Jack. I’ve lost
    my older sister as well, and know the pain it brings.
    In time the memories sweeten the pain. Love wins
    out. Hugs to you and Wendy ❤

  14. Kathy Walker

    Jack, we are sorry for your loss. Abingdon Friends will be holding you and those you love in the Light. In Peace, Kathy and Terry Walker

    Sent from my iPad


  15. Mary M

    Ah, Jack, I’m sorry for your loss.

  16. Jane Dorfman

    So sorry to hear of her death, so glad you had such a good sister.–Jane

  17. Big hugs, Jack. Losing folks who’s memory is a great part of your memory is the hardest thing about living long. You lose them and you lose part of you, too.


  18. Rhodyjane Meadows

    …holding you in The Light…”How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” Winnie-THE-Pooh

  19. Kathy Walker

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