On December 22, 2014, my dear beautiful friend, director Lem Wade, lost his battle with Lymphoma. His untimely death created an impossibly large void – an abyss in the lives of all who knew him.
We will celebrate Lem’s life and work in a memorial service April 19, 2015 at 7pm at Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church, 155 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010, in Manhattan. Musical excerpts from Lem’s recent directorial works will be rendered by friends, and family members and colleagues will share remarks and memories. All are welcome.
“ Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I, and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name,
speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone,
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Pray, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
let it be spoken without effect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was;
there is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.”
Henry Scott Holland 1847-1918
Canon of St. Paul’s Cathedra