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This poem is often wrongly thought to be by Robert W Service. It is published here to the memory of Hugh Antoine D'Arcy, its rightful father.
An Evening with the Bard of the Yukon, July 18 th 2003 at 20.30pm in the Town-Hall of Lancieux, Brittany.
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Chronology

Published by Webmaster on 07/21/2003 (32912 reads)
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Granddaughter Anne & Robert, 1956

Germaine recalled that the greatest delight in the last years of his life was being seated in a deep armchair, with a little girl perched on each knee, while he improvised blood-curdling stories for them.

1954: Carols of an Old Codger is published.

1956: Rhymes For My Rags is published. By the mid 1950s more than three million copies of his first collection, Songs of a Sourdough have been sold. Robert comments, "I may be the only living writer to have made more than $1,000,000 out of writing verse."

1957: Cosmic Carols is published.

1958 May: A film crew headed by Pierre Berton comes to Monte Carlo to film a documentary on Service. He recites "McGrew" on film.

1958 July 14th: A poem by Robert appears in Newsweek commemorating Alaska statehood.

1958 September 11th, Thursday: Around three in the afternoon, Robert dies with Germaine at his side. His 'conky heart' had finally given out.

I who have been life's rover
This is all I would ask my friend
A little space on a stony hill...
Eternity passing over.

1976 August 17th: Canada issues a pair of 8 cent stamps paying tribute to Robert W. Service and Germaine Guèvremont.  The Service stamp depicts Sam McGee grinning from an open fire on Lake Labarge in the Yukon. Germaine Guèvremont was a Canadian author and no relation to either of the Services .


1989 December 26: Germaine dies in Monte Carlo in a magnificent apartment overlooking the Mediterranean at the age of 102.

1996 Armelle, Robert's granddaughter, dies on April 8th.

I am indebted to James Mackay's biography Vagabond of Verse (Mainstream Publishing Co. of Edinburgh.1995) for the bulk of this information. This volume is the definitive source for material on Service. Unfortunately, it is now out of print.

 

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