Name at birth: Elmer Eugene Gladding Date of birth: 08-Sept-1920 Place of birth: Derby, CT USA Date of death: 05-Sept-1990 Place of death: Keene, NH USA Place of burial: Monadnock View Cemetery; Troy, NH USA
Submitted by: Staci Poisson (email@example.com)
PETALS OF DEATH
by Staci Poisson
Reflection of a dying rose,
Falling petals in the moonlight.
Fading image on a silver lake,
Ending life without a fight.
Elmer was a well known and well respected person in our town of
Troy, NH. While serving as Chief of Police for many years, he
got to know almost every one in town. He is loved by many and missed
DO NOT STAND AT MY GRAVE AND WEEP
Do not stand at my grave and weep:
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamonds glint on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn’s rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swet uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry:
I am not there. I did not die.