Remembering Patrick Cardy

On March 24, Carleton said goodbye to beloved Music Professor, Patrick Cardy. Cardy came to Carleton in 1977, and touched the lives of countless students, faculty and staff. Below, are excerpts from a eulogy delivered at the funeral by retired Music Professor and colleague, Alan Gillmor.

“Although we deeply mourn the loss of a dear man who has left us far too soon, we take some consolation in the fact that Pat was an artist, a composer of superbly crafted musician and a poet, in both words and sounds, of rare sensibility who has left behind a legacy of beauty which will surely live on. Each one of us will remember Pat in our own way until the end of our days, but generations yet unborn will know something of this gifted and gentle human being through the music and the poetry he has left us.

Some of Pat’s loveliest vocal pieces were written to his own poetry, …and in the night the gentle earth is falling into morning, for example, or the lovely song cycle Autumn, with its memorable final song “Twilight,” whose words, in this painful moment, move beyond a gentle nostalgia to an almost unbearable poignancy:

firelight fades and darkness drapes its years around
eyes grown dim and shadows lingering in dusk
now alone but memories rise and softly lead
to the one whose solemn sorrows never fade
to a dream that soared and spent itself in skies
so distant now and hidden far amid the stars
and as the mist of mourning disappears
do not fear
for love repays the tender heart that can

Oh, Patty, I say to you dear friend, you need not fear, for we will remember,

we will remember . . .

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