A TRIBUTE TO PERNELL
b. May 18th 1928 d. January 24th 2010
The man in black took up the slack, whenever his brothers messed up.
He tried to be firm, but always gave in, whenever Joe looked like a little whipped pup.
For many years, through laughter and tears, the four Cartwrights brought us much joy.
And it was a very sad day, when Adam rode away, and Pa lost his oldest boy.
And now we, too, have lost Pernell, the last one of the clan.
We admired him for his principles, and his fight for his fellow man.
It may not have made him popular, but that didn't matter, we knew,
As, just like a Cartwright, he would always stand up, and fight for the rights
of the few.
Rest in Peace, Pernell
Little Joe forever
|Michele||I had a gut feeling even before I opened the e-mail about Pernell that
it was terrible news. I wish I'd been wrong.
If it's any comfort to us, I'm reminded at times like this, of what the
rabbi who officiated at my dad's burial over 10 years ago said. It was
to the effect that sometimes God takes the best to feast at His table.
I'm sure Pernell is feasting and in the company not only of God, but of
his Bonanza co-stars, Dan, Lorne and Michael.
So many times I held you close
Too close, I think sometimes,
But now I have to let you go
I mourn, I weep, I ache,
While others behind the veil
Cry out with joy to see you.
And the Father's arms enfold you,
Somehow, I too can feel them
But again...I weep for myself.
My arms unfold and release you
Letting go of what was,
To embrace the present
With an echo...of the past...
To Pernell Roberts
The trail I leave behind me makes me long for peace and rest