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And now, you too, Louise, can rest in peace.

And now, you too, Louise, can rest in peace.
  • December 12, 2015
  • Waltham, Massachusetts

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“I'm happy for the family that they have closure. It is so sad that his mother could not be there. ”
1 of 4 | Posted by: Peggy Williams - NC

“As a 28 year veteran and son of Waltham, I thank you Sergeant Dakin. Rest in Peace. ”
2 of 4 | Posted by: Wayne Grumney - St. Petersburg, FL

“I am so glad that Louis' son is home. While I lifeguarded at the Boys & Girls Club, I remember her sharing her sadness. I feel so honored to be...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: pam penton - NEWTON HIGHLANDS, MA

“It was a pleasure to. meet some of you for the first time and others anew.I am gratefull for being able to share this chapter in your lives, and I...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Dick Campbell - Reading, MA

Saturday, December 12 ---

Waltham - Paul Harvey used to end every broadcast with . . . "And now you know . . . the rest of the story . . ."

Louise Dakin was 93 when she died back in March of 2002. For more than fifty of those years she held out hope that her Bobby, a soldier missing in action since December of 1950, would come home to Waltham . . . one way or the other . . . and they would then be re-united.

It took 65 years, exactly to the day, since 22 year old Bobby Dakin went missing that his mortal remains, and hers, were reunited forever in the soil of the city that they both loved and that they both called home.

In a moving eulogy during the service for United States Army Sergeant Robert C. Dakin, Lorne MacArthur, classmate, friend and fellow athlete described Bob Dakin as "just a wonderful boy . . . very kind . . . a terrific athlete who was one of the best the city ever produced . . . and a kid who really loved his mother."

Earlier today along the banks of the Charles River at Mount Feake Cemetery an urn containing the body of Louise was very gently laid at the head end of the casket containing the body of her only son . . . and then . . . the vault holding them both was sealed forever.

Sometimes the most poignant moments of our lives come long after we're gone. But the good news is that somewhere, somehow, we're never forgotten.

The warmth, love, affection, respect and tenderness that Waltham and its citizens paid to her Bobby was something that would have made Louise proud . . . and would have given her peace.

In Louise's name, "thank you."

This is the third and final article in a series of three about the life and death of Sergeant Dakin

Chapter One of this story can be found here:

Chapter Two can be found here: