Farewell speech

If anyone can’t sit still now it’s no problem, I am sure he wouldn’t mind since he couldn’t sit still himself for a bloody moment. He was very proud of the fact that ADHD was not a disorder but a God given talent.

So, what is to say about the big man in front of us. Well, we all remember him as the inventor of the Prime Fraction, dividable only by itself and 0,1 and the numerous peculiar culinary concoctions he made us eat. He left us a number of Christmas Meal recipes, there are copies of his most famous ones on the desk at the entrance if you want some. His ability to create meals for the entire family including the adults and little nippers were however mostly based on the amount of sugar in the Sugo Casa and for which the recipes were given to him by an old Italian cook long ago, he said. And of course we must not forget he was a very keen Slow Motion Breast Crawler in holiday season times.

And than there was this strange obsession with England, where he lived for a brief period from 1989 to 1991 but of which he liked to think he was born there. He used to say he was geographically challenged and should have been born there if he would have been capable of setting things to his own hand at the time of birth. Leendert loved England with a passion. He used to be home sick most of the time and longing for those pints of bitter in local pubs in Norfolk, pub meals and he sincerely wanted to be with his English friends whenever he had a chance if not the lack of money prevented him from traveling back and forth. “Best of both worlds but all conveniently in one place” he used to say and off he went on the boat to Felixtowe.

Leendert (also known as Leon) was very fond of strange and peculiar things in life, he used to collect model trains but only from the 1959 – 1962 period as he claimed that before and after that there was no quality to be found in model railway material in OO and H0 scale. He also thought that the things he collected were of extreme high value and he charished them with care only suitable for new born babies. We all know of the porcelain deers on his desk and that they -so he claimed- were probably made by a French artist in the 1700’s and which his parents were so incredibly lucky to obtain at a car boot sale long ago. His night stand used to be full of weird collectibles which made him feel safe just knowing they were there.

Leendert used to write a lot, poems and little stories, a blog and an entire scala of captions for pictures he showed us. Most of the material can still be seen on his website for which he himself created the most traffic when he was still alive. He was a grumpy moper mostly, his stories usually not very happy and gloomy but gems of poems were shared with us on many occasions. So when we remember him it’s not hard to describe him, a fat, grumpy model train collector with many idiosyncrasies and odd hobbies. A writer, a poet, a visioneer. A lover, a culinary pioneer, a big hearted father, a dear friend. And for his enemies who might be present he has given me a special message which I cannot withhold from you all: “Up yours, this is the best spot in the room and I am not giving it up for you lot now.”


Leendert van Gemeren

Dit ben ik, Leendert. Ik ben een beetje ouderwets en houd van dingen die geweest zijn, bijvoorbeeld oude Engelse series op TV zoals All Creatures Great And Small, mechanische horloges, bifocale brillen en oude langspeelplaten. Ik houd niet van moderne dingen en werk regelmatig aan een ouderwetse modelspoorbaan. Ik volg Jezus en schrijf mijn gedichten soms ook over Hem maar ik schrijf ook verhalen over het leven. Excentriek. Op feestjes ben ik vaak te vinden in de keuken.

This is me, Leendert. I am a little bit old-fashioned and I love things from the past, old series like All Creatures Great And Small, mechanical wristwatches, bi-focal glasses and vinyl records for example. I am not keen on modern things and I often work on this old style model railway. I follow Jesus and sometimes write a poem about Him but I also write about my life. Eccentric. You can often find me in the kitchen at parties.

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