Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Kayo Sexton obit

I'd kind of suspected he was a Leo, like ME! :) I always liked Kayo, just as I always liked Leo Ted Hughes. And Leo Bill Clinton. Among other's friggin' HARD to learn to understand a Scorpio woman and to try to get in any sort of groove with her (because she is often INTENTIONALLY PERVERSE!), and I admire all of these strong men's long-term attempts at understanding, and their ultimately innate loyalty (despite the men's own obvious surface failings). See also this blog's entry of 2009: "My Leo Men."

In Kayo Sexton's case, especially: While Sylvia/Ted and Hillary/Bill knew what each were getting into at the time of marriage, I feel kind of bad for Kayo since he and Anne were married at 19 on the basis of sex only! The man had no idea what was to come! :) And from his daughters' later accounts, he kept the family together, despite his own constant travelling for work and Anne's erratic behavior at home.

As the obituary below reveals: He was an energetic but simple man. I'm glad he found happiness with his second wife, and with his grandkids. He deserved the respite after decades of torment in his early-mid adult years.

Also: After years of living in Anne Sexton's shadow, I'm also glad that his obituary focuses only on him. Just a couple of things sneak in: His working for the R.C. Harvey Company (that would be Anne's father's business) and his 1966 African safari (paid for by Anne's Pulitzer Prize money).

SEXTON, Alfred M. II Of Weston, 83, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 11, 2012. Born August 5, 1928, he was the beloved husband of Peggyann Totten Sexton, and revered father of Linda Sexton and Joyce Sexton, all of whom were at his side as he passed. He was a devoted grandfather to Alexander and Nicholas Freund, Katherine Wollmer, Blake and Max Johnson, and also is survived by numerous cousins. Al was a retired wool merchant who worked in the trade following his attendance at Colgate University, where he belonged to the fraternity Sigma Chi. In 1951, he became a navigator with the U.S. Navy aboard the attack carrier U.S.S. Boxer in the Korean War. On returning home, he worked with the R.C. Harvey Company and later for Prouvost LeFebvre, eventually becoming Senior Vice President of each, traveling to textile mills in the Northeast and Mid-West, and was the final President of The Boston Wool Trade Association in 2003. He loved to hunt, fish, sail, play golf, cribbage and gin rummy especially with his grandchildren. He went on an African hunting safari in 1966 and took numerous fishing expeditions in Labrador, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories. He will be deeply missed by all his loved ones. Donations may be made to either Families for Depression Awareness in Waltham, Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston or Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Waban. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. For guestbook George F. Doherty & Sons Wellesley 781-235-4100

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