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HENDERY, Janet Moira Campbell O.M.F 1925 – 2017

January 27, 2017


HENDERY, Janet Moira Campbell O.M.F
1925 – 2017
Saturday January 21 peacefully at home, Just shy of 92.
Beloved wife of the late Robert Church Hendery, Loving Patient mother to her son Campbell.
Dear Friend of the late Peter Kay.
Daughter of Dr. A.D. Campbell and Jean Kerr Hogg.
Predeceased by her beloved brother Donald G.”Donnie” Campbell and her elder brother George D. Campbell (Marg Everson).
Survived by her Campbell nieces and nephews- Jane, Duncan, Peter and Rob (Anne Palmer), Andrew Graham and Sarah.
Also survived by her Halifax nephews, Dr. George T.H. Cooper CM CD QC, John Cooper QC and Stephen Cooper.
Also survived by her very dear cousins Dr George Gilmore (Janet) and their loving daughter, Anne (Scott Reid) of Pittsburgh, PA.
Reluctant Matriarch of the “Laird” Campbell Clan of Glencoe, Ontario.
Last surviving grandchild of Sarah M. Campbell (1846-1951).
Former Chair of Miss Edgar’s and Miss Cramp’s School. 35 year volunteer at Montreal General Hospitality shop.
Infinite thanks to loving caregivers Tanya (Thanh-Nga) TRAN, Dear Juliet Kerr, Helen Andren and Danny Watkins. CLSC nurses Gabrielle Fougerel-Landry and Katherine Tetreault, who went above and beyond.
Thanks to team of friends and family, Andrew Campbell, Jody Sutherland, Erin Hogg, Anne McArel, Kyle Spencer and Daniel Mark, Al Hogg, Grace Laing Hogg, Alexandra Laing, Marc Lefaivre, Dane Lanken, Brad and Arcangelo Albetta, Jane McGarrigle, Audrey Scott. Susan Doherty Hannaford Special thanks to Catherine Ekers for her unwavering support and love. Dr Roger Tabah, friend and doctor. Judy and Randy Skelton, Dr. Jane Skelton, Sarah Cardozo, Owen Martin for making the impossible possible.
The indispensable Ontario cousins Louise Campbell (Andrew Neil and Caroline) Anne Newbigging, Libby Seabrook Stephen Newbigging (Cécile) Joe “Bagel’ Morena for his support.
There will be a service Friday, February 3, at 3 o’clock at Mount Royal Funeral Complex, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont, QC H2V 2P9, (514) 279-6540.
There will follow a bun fight at Janet’s home of 60 years as she wished.
Donations to a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Roll Sweetly through eternity Dear Jannie-
You made a difference….and then some

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Christmas 2012- Santa not Satan is real

December 25, 2015

It’s just as true on 2015


Burns Mosaforden in winter
Photos above:# 1 Burns Presbyterian Glencoe Ontario circa 1949
54 Forden Crescent Westmount Québec circa 1957

Dec 24 1975 and I was just back from working in iron mine 800 mile North of Montreal. I was down at the corner buying wine. Santa was on the radio taking calls- Most kids were telling him what they wanted, but all of s sudden ,out of nowhere, there was a call. It was a young boy or girl. Santa asked teh child what he or she wanted to say-
“Santa, I just want to say I love you”- Never in the history of humanity has there been purer or truer love. I weep freely as I write an remember. Two years ago Feb 7 2011, in the piney woods in sun mist valleys in behind cookie cutter town Trieste, Iwept as freely when 24k told me she kept her son apprised…

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Pete Seeger Thanks

January 28, 2014

Together we can do it

Together we can do it

We all owe him so much.
It was quite a surpise to find out he died
I am burning with fever and pneumonia
The world owes Pete Seeger-
Big Time
if we each take one lesson from him
and put it into practice-
He never gave up on Humanity
The old think globally act locally isn’t a nostrum-
One foot after another
Comfort the afflicted and
Afflict the comfortable
and music ?
Pick up a guitar a banjo a fiddle anything
Ain’t nothing beats a song
As Ol’ Woody Guthrie sung
“There’s a better world a comin'”
There is if we make it so
And , on a personal note, if you get a chance watch
Kate Anna Rufus Martha Bruce Cockburn and Chaim sing
Dink’s song at Pete’s 90 birhtday concert
I believe it’s on the You Tube
We really are interconnected
and not in an internet way
Pete’s frail body gone but his fraiing banjo
He made that lonesome Valley less lonesome
It’s up to each and every one of us
to keep at it, whatever that it is for you me he she
You get the picture
Thanks Pete

Kate McGarrigle- Home to Stay

August 24, 2013


Kate left this ‘ol world nigh on 4 years ago.
In the intervening thyme there have been tributes in London, New York, and Toronto.
Kinda Like John Donne’s
“At The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”
The Globe had to be taken care of before some sort of
I guess if I were being honest the tributes started at the Albert Hall.
Anyway there have been tears laughter birth and all the things that go on with us all.
The week of August 5th 2013 the tributes came home to Montreal, St. Sauveur, Outremont, Mile End.
Kate’s and our collective stomping grounds now and through this motral coil.
I kinda dreaded the whole thing on a bunch of levels.
All my fears were thankfully vainglorious fripperies,
falderals if you will.
Rehearsals took place at Pierre Marchand’s studio (Thanks Pierre!) on Monday & Tuesday.
Crikey ! I even found a part of my street I didn’t know existed.

Joel & Eloi at Rehearsal

Joel & Eloi at Rehearsal

Wednesday started with the dedication of Place Kate McGarrigle on Laurier.
WE Owe Michele Mercure a greatbig “Thanks” for all the thankless work she did in seeing this project through.
Fiable comme d’habitude Michele!

Crowd View-Place Kate

Crowd View-Place Kate

After the politicians weighed in, the Family- Janie Anna Martha and Rufus spoke from the heart simple words of truth and thanks-
Our Old Friend Ken Mackenzie piped us into Place Kate in a
Hibernian/Caledonian Sweetgrass ceremony or variant thereof.
Place Kate is there forever.
More important is the space that’s there.
That space bids
“C’mon in and join us”
which was and is what the McGarrigle Experience is all about.
I broke a chair wounding nothing but my already shaky ego.
Oh Yes, Hazel even got us linked via the Skype with Esther”Shvester” Cohen in NYC.
Always a treat !

We Go On-
That evening at Theatre Outremont Lian Lunson’s haunting film had its Montréal premiere. Executive Producer Wim Wenders was there along with Martha and Rufus for a post screening Q&A.
I couldn’t make it as I was prepping Bacchus here for next day.
In The Wings
View From the Wings- I’m No Avedon !

Thursday, there were two shows at The Theatre Outremont- These weren’t big International Names playing a sacred canon but Kate & Anna’s Québec contemporains sing their and K&A’s songs. As I said to Rufus at the bunfight chez moi,” In some ways it was a musical Refus Global.

The shows were unlike all the others.
It was like a bunch o’people getting together to affirm that
what we have in common vastly outweighs our differences.
I do tend to analyse-
Let’s just say it was fun and moving

All credit goes to dear Anna for curating
(Christ I hate that word !) the show.
It was more Lanning than Lexington Ave
more Querbes than College St.
well , you get the picture.
Brad Albetta, meshpucah & ain folk to me forever, was the musical director and he pulled it off with panache and understatement.
The Band-
Tom Mennier (Piano),
Michel Pepin (Guitar)
Thom “Thumper” Gossage (Drums)
Eloi Painchaud ( Banjo Harp etc)
30 year K&A mainstay Joel Zifkin (Violin)
and, of course Brad on Bass.
Joel, along with Chaim Tannenbaum, who was geographically unable to attend played with K&A for 30 and 40 years give or take, respectively.
Oh The Stories !
Going to Venice and getting no Further than the parking Lot !

After the second show, un drole de gang est descendu chez moi.
64 Bottles Champagne & 24 Vin Rouge amongst other delights were sampled by all-
The Whisky was for Joel-
Attending this bunfight,
or debauchery as Thom Gossage called it were,
in no particular order
Me Rufus and his husband Jorn Weisbrodt,
Anna Dane Janie Lily Sylvan Janie- the usual crew
Also attending-
Montreal Jazzfest capo André Menard (won most polite guest prize seriously)
Luc Plamondon, Pierre Lapointe, Fanny Bloom,
film maker Mia Donovan, Pam Duns,
Inner Circle member Michel Mercure
fresh from singing and playing both shows
was stunning and ebullient in red.

Stephanie Remond,( who went to work next day !)
Dr. Roger Tabah and Marjorie Jaques.
All round renaissance man Hanford Woods
Little Anna and Bob from San Francisco,
Terry Lalos, Siobhan McCann,
The Original Dancer with Bruised knees Deborah Adler and her husband Historian Michael Smith.
Our Friend and Legal Counsel Carol Holland flew by me in a haze of people and champagne .

Under the rubric of zero degrees of separation,
the Montreal Danforth’s (Tom’s daughter’s dontcha know !)
Marianne Danforth, Genevieve Danforth and
The Original Yankee Quipper Katrina Danforth
who came all the way from Trieste for a dinner we hadn’t had since Venice and ended up not having
but there’s world enough and time selon Marvell
but smiles trump eats anyway, pro tem at least.
The whole fort was held down by Teddy Wainwright,
that wondrous woman I got to know and work with
in the daze and days following Kate’s death.
Gail Kenney Photographer supreme was in Town as there is an exhibition of her McGarrigle Photos all along Laurier Ave till mid September.
Come to Montreal one and all !

A special word of thanks on My part to Michel Rivard for teaching me harmony on Complainte and Robert Charlebois for his ever twinkling eyes.
As an aside, at Soundcheck
Anna Lil and Martha were running through what both anna and I agree is
Kate’s most important song – Jacques et Gilles. He (Charlebois) turned to where Little Anna and I were sitting and asked in sign language
” Did Kate write THAT? Wow”
Franco American Quebec Irish History in 11 verses.
Indeed she did, Robert.
Indeed she Did
Woody Guthrie would been proud envious or both-

Well I’m running outta steam.
I’m still tryin’to find the right Tom Danforth to send K&A stuff to.
I’ll get it right if it pute me in Quare Street !
If I’ve left anything out let me know.
Send photos if ya got em
Finally, It’s good to have Kate back home
In some inchoate way

Someday maybe
face to face in eternity
we shall all meet
as Nora’s Dove leads us there
To whisky talk,”Darling You Must Understand”
Into an endless dawn
I’m feeling a void I haven’t felt ever since cold January Monday Night 2010
Ah ! But I’m a fool
I’ll give Robert Charlebois the last word
Le Québec love ça c’est mon bag
add that with Complainte Pour Ste Catherine
Lemme know if I’ve left anything out or stomped on toes.
Come on over up down and see us. We’re in the Book
I’ll leave you with this 40 second clip that anna cobbled together from my lousy camera work and My John McCormack Collection
Kate arriving YUL Nov 2008 at 3 in The Bloody A.M.
love as ever
Yr idiot into eternity
Robert Campbell Hendery O.M.F.


June 15, 2013


Party less than 24 hours from now

March 15, 2013

Dear Friend and fiend that should be pluaral. Well I am as ready as I’ll ever be. One hopes all goes well
and one also hopes to get snapshots. Big thanks To Rufus Martha Teddy Kath Sarah Linda Syb, Linda T, amd last But not least GCT™ Legal counsel Bryan McPhadden-
More later as we used
to say in the 9th ward of my soul
before the hurricane
Let us end Typos in our lifetime
i am soooo very tyred

I turn 60 in 9 Hours

March 13, 2013

More later- off to therapy and i don’t mean physio

New Years 2013- Hank Williams- Venice- Yoko Ono-

December 30, 2012

 Wish Tree-Guggenheim Venice Feb 20 2011

Wish Tree-Guggenheim Venice Feb 20 2011

50 years ago tonight Hank Williams died in the back of a Cadillac heading to a gig. He was 29 years old. Some years ago there was a play Called Hank Williams: The Show he never gave. In it Hank says ” I for one won’t be to sad to see 1952 end”

Well I feel the same way about 2012. Om a Personal level it’s been one for the dross heap of hellish years. Bon Debarras 2012-
Almost two years ago, Feb 20 2011 I found myself in the Guggenheim in Venice with a whiskey Hangover of Caledonian proportions. I scurried through a rather twee exhibit on Uncle Ezra and the Vorticists. Going outside f or air and a smoke I found myself next
to to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree
I wrote the wish you see in photo above.
That wish still is in my heart and soul.
Both Hank and Yoko have given to world, and each has paid a price.
But ya know ain’t nothing should stop us
from trying to make things a little better for each other.
Campbell here is staring 60 in the face
and doesn’t like what he sees.
BUT all we have to do in this world is make each other feel better about ourselves.
We’re all we got-
All the social media in the world don’t come close to a kind word,
a phone call, a present for no reason, without a quid pro quo.
I’m dashing this off in cold cold snowy Montreal.
I’ll be spending the new year alone as I feel mal a l’aise with world these days.
Anomie of the soul.
I hope we all make it to 2013 safe and sound
but to those of you who read this tosh
I just want to say it’s a world of wonder
that hits ya down 99% of the time.
Sometimes we don’t get back up.
But if we do
we can never let ourselves
get bitter or hard of heart
That’s how evil wins-
Love is all there is of any value.
It ain’t always easy and there ain’t no reward per se.
Let’s Honour Hank’s short life by
Staying alive- A fitting Tribute to a man who Had a radio show called
The Health & Happiness Hour
Hank never had much of either
and I personally thank Yoko Ono
for that wish tree.
She never got bitter
I recently heard her define love as
“Being Relaxed with someone”
Sounds good to me

Love to you all

xmas message coming- urbain ad vivos – Watch this space

December 11, 2012

well not this space but you get the idea far better than i


December 6, 2012

Is here
I found reblogging kinda plagiaristic and we know there’s none of that on the internet