In memorium    Dr. Richard Torbeck   3 Aug 09
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Crossing the Bar

     Sunset and evening star,
     And one clear call for me!
     And may there be no moaning of the bar,
     When I put out to sea,

     But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
     Too full for sound or foam,
     When that which drew from out the boundless deep
     Turns again home.

     Twilight and evening bell,
     And after that the dark!
     And may there be no sadness of farewell;
     When I embark;

     For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
     The flood may bear me far,
     I hope to see my pilot face to face
     When I have crossed the bar.

         Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"A Parable of Immortality" by Henry van Dyke.

I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes! ' ,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here she comes!'
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Dr. Richard Torbeck Memorial Service and Rememberance
Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location:   Ratterman Funeral Home
Street:      3800 Bardstown Rd.
City/Town: Louisville, KY

Join us in celebrating the life of a beloved man who touched and inspired the lives of so many. Dr. Torbeck enjoyed life to the fullest and demonstrated love and compassion for all who have known him. The family welcomes you to come and share your memories of the times shared with Dr. Torbeck.