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A FOREVER MEMORIAL FOR MY LOVING HUSBAND

Memorial created 04-6-2007 by
GAIL CARRINGTON-KUNERT
John Norbert Kunert
August 15 1939 - April 1 2007

SOARING

This online memorial was created in loving memory of John Kunert, whose life story is told throughout this memorial website. Please sign John's guest book and let us know you came to visit. We will remember JOHN forever. This is my favorite photo of my husband. His smile says it all. He was preparing to be towed up, in a sailplane, to ride the thermals. He was up there for close to an hour. I didn't think he was ever coming down. This was a birthday gift from me and probably the best gift I ever gave him.

 

High Flight Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air. Up, up the long delirious, burning blue, I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace Where never lark, or even eagle flew - And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod The high untresspassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand and touched the face of God. Pilot Officer Gillespie Magee No 412 squadron, RCAF Killed 11 December 1941

 

Aviation was one of John's passions. Whether it be a biplane, sailplane, WWII warbird, or hot air balloon, it didn't matter. He loved being in the air. And when he could combine being airborne with one of his other passions, photography, he was really happy. He took many wonderful photographs from the air.

 

"There You'll Be"

When I think back
On these times
And the dreams
We left behind
I'll be glad 'cause
I was blessed to get
To have you in my life
When I look back
On these days
I'll look and see your face
You were right there for me

In my dreams
I'll always see you soar
Above the sky
In my heart
There will always be a place
For you for all my life
I'll keep a part
Of you with me
And everywhere I am
There you'll be
And everywhere I am
There you'll be

Well you showed me
How it feels
To feel the sky
Within my reach
And I always
Will remember all
The strength you
Gave to me
Your love made me
Make it through
Oh, I owe so much to you
You were right there for me


'Cause I always saw in you
My light, my strength
And I want to thank you
Now for all the ways
You were right there for me
You were right there for me
For always

In my dreams
I'll always see you soar
Above the sky
In my heart
There will always be a place
For you for all my life
I'll keep a part
Of you with me
And everywhere I am
There you'll be
And everywhere I am
There you'll be
There you'll be


 

 

JOHN AT 2 YEARS OLD

 

The Little Aviator

Boys had boats their favorite toy-

Not I when I was just a boy

I dreamt of wings for soaring high

And cutting wakes in yonder sky.

And where my hero’s footsteps went-

I’d follow in the firmament.

 

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