I just retired from the Toronto Public library after working for 35 years. Last week my dear colleagues, Irene Götz and Valentina Ciric, catered and organized this sensational send-off.
The first thing I saw when I walked into the room was a cake, crowned by a portrait of myself in fondant icing
by genius librarian-pâtissière Kathleen Wyman.
Wyman's inspiration was this Christopher Sykes portrait of the Duke of Devonshire napping in the library at Chatsworth House.
William Kimber, Kathleen Wyman, myself.
Irene drew this picture of me and my honey on a large sheet of paper for people to write farewell messages on.
Irene and Valentina catered this delicious, fresh and colourful spread of goodies.
Irene's girlfriend made the cupcakes.
Bill Vrantsidis, the head of the Arts Department at the library, read a short tribute.
I looked out at my colleagues of all these years
Then Arts librarian, Will Charbonneau, sang "Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter. Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here."
"Here comes the sun. Here comes the sun. And I say, It's all right." We all sang along.
After that, there was nothing to do but cut that delicious cake. Thanks to every one who came or contributed. And thanks to the photographers Iana Georgieva-Kaluba, Irene Götz and Eric Schwab.