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Poem by Maya Angelou

Shared by Samantha Lowe on September 22, 2020
My mom, Betty Lowe, heard this poem recited the other day in Concord Center MA, at a remembrance ceremony for RBG. She could not help but recognize that this poem is perfect in honoring John as well.  Our Great One

When Great Trees Fall
By Maya Angelou

When great trees fall, 
rocks on distant hills shudder, 
lions hunker down 
in tall grasses, 
and even elephants 
lumber after safety. 

When great trees fall 
in forests, 
small things recoil into silence, 
their senses 
eroded beyond fear. 

When great souls die, 
the air around us becomes 
light, rare, sterile. 
We breathe, briefly. 
Our eyes, briefly, 
see with 
a hurtful clarity. 
Our memory, suddenly sharpened, 
examines, 
gnaws on kind words 
unsaid, 
promised walks 
never taken. 

Great souls die and 
our reality, bound to 
them, takes leave of us. 
Our souls, 
dependent upon their 
nurture, 
now shrink, wizened. 
Our minds, formed 
and informed by their 
radiance, 
fall away. 
We are not so much maddened 
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance 
of dark, cold 
caves. 

And when great souls die, 
after a period peace blooms, 
slowly and always 
irregularly. Spaces fill 
with a kind of 
soothing electric vibration. 
Our senses, restored, never 
to be the same, whisper to us. 
They existed. They existed. 
We can be. Be and be 
better. For they existed.

Remembering Dad

Shared by Samantha Lowe on September 22, 2020
Today is Dad's birthday and with a tender heart I am sharing the story behind this image. 

When we had his celebration of life gathering, one of the rituals I thought of to offer our guests was to write a word on a stone that reminded them of John in any way.  I had collected many small polished stones with my twins the previous summer up in Maine so we naturally used those.  I noticed the glass vase was filling up with these word offerings throughout the ceremony.  I carefully transferred the vase home... where it sat on my mantel for many months with photos of 'Grampy' surrounding it, honoring him.  It wasn't until late fall that I was brave enough to read the words.  Such a gift.  Thank you to all who participated. 

In an effort to share the words with my mom, my siblings and loved ones, I had an idea to create a word image within the shape of his precious 'toy', his sailboat Synergy, a Cape Dory 330 sailing sloop.  Because of my busy schedule always~ working full time and caring for the twins~ I reached out to one of my high school students to help me with the modifications on photoshop.  I believe my dad would love the fact that one of my students helped me with this.  He was a natural-born teacher himself as anyone in our family can attest to; as well as he was the commanding teacher of the boating and sailing club the US Power Squadron.  His favorite topic to teach was celestial navigation.  At one point, he was teaching night classes at Lexington High School Community Ed~ space rented for the Power Squadron, and I was down the hall in my ceramics classroom at the time also teaching night classes for adults :).
I know he was proud of me for becoming a teacher.  He would assist me in my classroom in recent years, now that I am teaching darkroom photography~ on the days that I was introducing the logistics of film SLRs, he would come in to help, to assure we were getting around to all the students in one block to show them one-on-one how to use their camera.  He would also accompany us on field trips into the North End and Govt. Center to photograph!  My students loved him of course and would always ask when he would come back into the classroom.  Then, at the end of each school year, he would come in after school and help me go through all the cameras and make sure they were working and in good condition to sign out again in the fall.  Missing him dearly on so many levels.  

Air Force Buddies

Shared by James Mcginnisusaf on May 11, 2020
John and I met in the Air Force while stationed in Vermont. I was lucky enough to be able to spend 3 years with John, which created many great memories. We just developed a friendship and had many great times together. I was fortunate to visit  John and his family in the 70,s and spend the day visiting. About 5 years ago, my family where on vacation in Maine and I contacted John and he just happened to be in Maine with his family.  John and Betty came over and we had lunch together and talked about the good old days.  The next day John and I spent the day with him showing me his boat and showing me around the area. What a great time together.John was a great guy who will be missed by all.
Shared by John Simes on May 9, 2020
"Rescued as Sea"
Shared by John Simes on May 9, 2020
  "John Lowe" by John Simes

Dad's final farewell to USPS

Shared by Steve Lowe on May 3, 2019

From the March 2019 Musket Fire ...

Happy Spring!
Spring is my favorite time of the year.  Rejuvenation. A new cycle begins. The snow is melting, the days are longer than the nights, shrink wrap is removed from our boats, and we start a new season of commissioning our boats.
Spring is also the time of year Minute Man has its Change of Watch...
It has been an honor to serve your as Commander for the last three years I have had a lot of fun steering our boat. I would like to thank all of you that have helped me do my duties.

Wishing you Fun in Boating,

Past Commander John Lowe

Shared by Don Winn on May 2, 2019

Time period: Early 1980's

John and I both were working at M/A-Com in Burlington, Ma.

Worked with John on a key program*. This was the most satisfying/rewarding/gratifying 2 year period of my entire career and I have John to thank for that.

(*) military so not appropriate to share a lot of details

Shared by Karen Talley on May 1, 2019

Grampy was the best sailor and card player I ever met. I will miss you

Love Nathaniel 

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