- By David M. Kinchen
Here’s the brief biography posted on Amazon.com:
As many of you know, our dear friend Earl Nisbet passed away from us February 20 at 12:30p at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. It was only discovered recently that he had a major malignant tumor in his colon. The doctors gave him 2+ weeks, and we had him with us for four weeks.
I can’t say enough about how wonderful the VA was to Earl, and to us during this time. For those of you who don’t know Earl was a WW2 veteran serving in Europe towards the end of the war. From the moment we walked in I heard them say several times, “You fought for us, now we’re going to fight for you!” It’s a marvelous institution. They gave Earl a private room with a beautiful view of the Stanford hills, and in his last days he sat looking out the window at that gorgeous view.
I was with him when he died. He felt no pain, and there was no suffering. He was completely at peace. It’s comforting for me to know that he was at peace, and is now. He lived a good life, and was content. Earl was the sweetest man I knew, and I will miss him very much.
He requested that there be no memorial service, and his ashes spread at the Golden Gate in San Francisco. We plan on honoring him at a Remembrance Day for us beginning at 6:30pm Saturday, April 13th at a bonfire at Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz at the end of 7th Avenue, South of the boat harbor. The link is below, or cut and paste into your map browser:
We’ll be burning prayers, momentos, and thoughts up to Earl, and sending sky lanterns up as well. Feel free to bring what you think he would love to add to the bonfire. You’re all welcome to come, and we’d love to visit with you there.
Please feel free to pass this on to others that may be interested. Earl’s obituary will also be in the Santa Cruz Sentinel this Friday, and Saturday. There may be an online remembrance album, but I don’t have the particulars on that yet. If you have any questions, please contact me through this email address.
Best to you all! –Michael
Responding to Michael’s email, Tony Nisbet, a cousin living in Scotland wrote this
Hi Michael & all
I am devastated to learn of Earl’s death. I had been emailing him since the new year and was concerned that I had no reply.
I have just returned to Scotland yesterday from Mauritius where I attended my Mother in Law’s memorial ceremony and will it will now prove difficult for me to attend the ceremony.
I will be eternally grateful if someone would send a sky lantern with my name on it and a wee message addressed to my special Cuz (which is how he signed the emails)
The only momentos I have of Earl are books, emails, letters and cards and are precious to me so I will send a sky lantern up at the same time. I guess they will be sent about an hour or so after the bonfire starts and so I will arrange to be at one of my local Castle’s most probably Drumlanrig Castle at 11.30 am.
Please feel free to share any memories anyone of you have of Cuz Earl and contact me at anytime.
4 Scroggie Meadow