A Video Remembrance of Leo Meddens

On The 2nd Anniversary of His Passing





Welcome to the Online Memorial Album of

Leo Meddens

1938-2010




What is the measure of a lifetime? What is the measure of a man? Everyone has their own measure of what someone's life has meant to them, and their own way of expressing it.  That's what this site is meant for. It is designed to be a living memorial to the life and memory of Leo Meddens, who died suddenly on January 20, 2010 at his home in Leersum, in the Netherlands and is dedicated to his family.

Many people will measure Leo's life in different ways, depending on whether they knew him as a family member, a colleague, friend or instructor. His sudden passing came as a tremendous shock to his beloved wife Beatrice, their daughters Laura and Myriam and their families, his mother Suze who had celebrated her 95th birthday in October, and his siblings Frank and Suze and their families.


The shock spread to extended family members and friends, soon giving way to tremendous sadness. It seems so unfair that Leo was taken so soon after he had successfully battled throat cancer. So for everyone who knew him, it is a time to journey through the range of emotions and memories that come flooding back in laughter and tears, and this 'living' memorial is meant to help with that and to ensure that he and his legacy are never forgotten.








So this will be something of an 'organic site', always growing, always changing as everyone who knew Leo contributes their favourite memories, photos, music and more. You are invited to visit anytime you feel like spending some time with Leo, and you are welcome to contribute any photos or memories you'd like to share by sending them to info@LeoMeddens.com. On behalf of the Meddens family, thank you.

Leo and Beatrice

In the days ahead, it's the time for everyone to rally around Beatrice, as the worst time is always after the funeral service has passed and the telephone doesn't ring as much. When you've been in love with someone since you met as teenagers, and suddenly they are gone, life becomes a surreal mix of shock, sadness, anger, laughter at funny memories, and the resounding , unforgiving stab in the heart that hits you at various times when you look across the pillow, into his study or at a plane in the sky and realize his physical presence is gone.

This website is as much a tribute to Beatrice as it is to Leo for the decades of being his co-pilot in the air and on the ground, and whose love and perseverance helped to make him the man he grew to be.


            



Photo by Ralph van der Ent

Some of Leo's Favourite Music

Leo was a great lover of New Orleans jazz music and other forms of jazz and big band era instrumental and vocal music as showcased on the soundtrack of one of his favourite television series, the BBC's "The SInging Detective". Here we feature links to a few of them and songs featured at his memorial service.




 




FLY ME TO THE MOON



In Lieu of Flowers

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Foundation founded by Leo's daughter Laura - The Laura And Wagner Foundation - which is dedicated to bringing new opportunities to persons with sensory, physical and learning disabilities via a suite of software and digital devices that are part of its ABLED Initiative. It's a mission Leo was very proud of and that he championed often. You can learn more about the Foundation here; the ABLED initiative here; and make a contribution here. Thank you.


Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep


Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
   
        Mary Elizabeth Frye