Ronald William Alton
May 31, 1942
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
July 29, 2011
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"I believe that when we leave a place, part of it goes with us and part of us remains. Go anywhere when it is quiet, and just listen. After a while, you will hear the echoes of all our conversations, every thought and word we've exchanged. Long after we are gone, our voices will linger in these walls for as long as this place remains. But I will admit that the part of me that is going will very much miss the part of you that is staying."
I Want You To Smile
You can shed tears that I am gone,
Or you can smile because I lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that I will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that I have left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see me,
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember me and only that I am gone,
Or you can cherish my memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,
Or you can do what I would want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on