The following was taken from
the eulogy given by Luther Oberdorfer at Idris Barwick's
funeral. It embodies the legacy Idris left his family:
Not only for what you are,
But for what I am
When I am with you.
I love you,
Not only for what you have made of yourself,
But for what you helped make of me.
I love you for
the part of me that you bring out;
I love you for putting your hand
Into my heaped-up heart, and passing over
All the foolish, weak things that you can't help seeing there,
And for drawing out into the light
All the beautiful belongings that no one else had looked quite
far enough to find.
I love you because
you helped to make of the lumber of my life - not a tavern - but
Out of the works of my everyday - not a reproach - but a song...
et hae olim meminisse juvabit"
("It gives me pleasure to remember these things")