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A Soldier Died Today
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 92, Gananoque, Ontario

And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past 
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done, 
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one. 
And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke, 

All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke. 
But we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away, 
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today. 
He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife, 

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life. 
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way, 
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today. 

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state, 
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great. 
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young, 
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung. 

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land 
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man? 
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife, 
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life? 

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives 
 Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives. 
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all, 
  Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small. 

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago, 
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know 
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys, 
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys. 

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand, 
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand? 
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend 
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end? 

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin, 
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again. 
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier's part 
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start. 

If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise, 
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days. 
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say, 
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today. 

They shall grow not old
As we that are left grow old, Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn, 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, 

we WILL Remember Them. 
Comrade Tom Petch
Petch: Thomas William

Peacefully at the Kingston General Hospital on Wednesday April 6, 2022 at the age of 82. Beloved husband of 49 years to Sheila Hodgson. Proud father of Derek (Sylvie), Sherri (Scott) and John. Cherished grandfather of Jason (Jessica), Tyler, Richard, Matthew, Michael, Jeff, J.R., and Shelby. Great grandfather of Janessa, Markas and Josiane. Dear brother of Jack (Gloria). Predeceased by 1 sister Carol Thorburn. Will be lovingly remembered by his step-sister Joy O’Neill. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends at the Tompkins Funeral Home on Tuesday April 19th from 12:00 until time of service in our chapel at 2:00 pm. Interment St. John’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations made to the Gananoque Legion Br# 92 or to the St. John’s Restoration Fund would be appreciated by the family.

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