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PostRemembering Charles Ridley (from Marie Ridley) (John Eipper, USA, 06/06/21 3:32 am)
[JE: I received this email from Marie C. K. Ridley, daughter of our much-missed colleague Charles]:
I hope this finds you in good health.
I just want to let you know that last year we had to cancel my father's burial on June 20, 2020.
We will be able to bring him to his final resting place on June 26, 2021 at Highland Cemetery (West Poland, Maine).
I have been reading some of the WAIS comments. and having friends who live in Bergamo, Italy who were in the center of the chaos in March 2020. The writings and comments were intriguing.
While perusing submissions on China, the pandemic , language and other topics I kept remembering my father, as he would have enjoyed reading the various threads and comments.
Again, I hope this finds you well, and thank you again for how WAIS enriched my father's life. I am so grateful he was able to travel to England, Paris, Berlin and Denmark the year he attended the WAIS conference in Torquay.
This week I have been learning some Korean (just for fun), I just looked at the bookshelf and discovered the Foreign Service Institute Mastering Korean Course my father had purchased and most likely learned as well as a box of Korean Vocabulary Cards.
What treasure trove of language books he accumulated.
JE comments: WAISers who attended our last "non-virtual" conference at Stanford (2015--can that have been SIX years ago?) will remember Marie Ridley's presentation on the dialectal variants of Norwegian. So nice to hear from you, Marie. I trust you and your mom are well. A day doesn't go by when I don't miss your father's kindness, intellect, and especially his wit! Although a Californian by transplant, Charles was a Mainer through-and-through. I am happy for him that after this year of upheaval, he will finally be laid to rest in his beloved homeland.
Marie, please keep us updated on your Korean studies!