A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
Sir Ernest James Galway died peacefully in his sleep on November 28, 1997, the eve of his ninety-fourth birthday. The famous archaeologist lived alone in a semi-detached house with a small garden at the back, situated not far from the center of Cardiff. A housekeeper, who came on Fridays, discovered the old man’s body in his bed and communicated the sad news to his sons.
By most standards, Ernest Galway’s life had been a full and happy one. Born in London in 1903, he was too young to serve his country in the Great War and too old for combat duty during World War II. He had traveled extensively and enjoyed a long and brilliant career as an archaeologist and explorer, during which he had received a multitude of prizes and distinctions. His married life had been less successful, but he had stayed on good terms with his former wife after their divorce, and had never lost contact with his two sons, John and Elmer. These had now come to pay him a final visit.
On Tuesday, after the funeral, Elmer and John went through their father’s belongings. The old man had long given away to museums and universities most of the ancient artifacts and other objects of archaeological value he had collected over the years. Among those he had kept were several brightly colored African masks and shields which decorated one of the walls of his study. On his desk and in a filing cabinet they found records of his numerous trips and expeditions: photographs, notes, letters, drawings, maps, contracts, receipts, and so forth. They knew that their father had been working on his