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Earl J. Schipper (Ship)


“Thanatopsis” in Greek means “view of death”

Skip and his dear friend were discussing the long poem in the months before he died. I paragraphed the last 2 lines and I believe this is how he died, “and lies down to pleasant dreams”.

“A bou Ben Adhem”- This describes skip’s life- “I pray thee, then, write me as one who loves his fellow men”

“The essence of a man we know” was written by our son-in-law in 2005 for Skip’s 70th birthday. Eric died four years later following a liver transplant and left two small children ages 3 ½ and 6. He was 41 when her left us.