James Fitzpatrick Smallacombe
Friends and Family,
My love and
gratitude for the 14 years I have shared with my beloved Jamie. He
has and will continue to give me a sense of home, roots and wings.
My love and gratitude to the wonderful people he brought into my
life and to those from mine that came to know and adore him. We
will miss him and honor his memory together
So here it
is, Shakespeare speaking for Jamie, as I know he would have wanted.
He has been and will always be My Cedar.
Smallacombe, Our Cedar.
Sending love, peace,
8, 2013 -- composed and presented
by Elizabeth Holland
know Jamie and not know that he loved Shakespeare.
He loved language and he loved word play and he loved symbolism.
He loved what Shakespeare could teach us about the human condition.
Every Valentine’s Day—instead of a dozen roses that Patty insisted
that she did not want—Jamie brought her a single white rose and a
single red rose. The white rose was the symbol of the House of
York and the red rose was the symbol of the House of Lancaster --the
two Plantagenet Families that battled each other during the War of
Jamie named his business Plantagenet and chose a lion as its symbol
– also a Plantagenet emblem.
The Shakespeare passage that Patty asked me to read is from the play
Henry VI – the final Lancaster King:
My sick heart shows
That I must yield my body to the
And, by my fall, the conquest to my
Thus yields the cedar to the axe’s
Whose arms gave shelter to the
whose shade the ramping lion slept,
Jove’s spreading tree,
And kept low shrubs from the
Live we how we can, Yet die we must.
WebMagic: Remembering Jamie