Le Centre d'études Georges Simenon et le Fonds Simenon de l'Université de Liège
Georges Simenon : biographie Marie-Jo
every father's greatest fear
his daughter wote a note which said she committed suicide because she could not find a husband to love as much as she loved her father
Paris Match 1981: Simenon
Marie-Jo had all the gifts: she composed poetry and songs, had appeared in a film directed by her step-brother Marc.
"In this ground is the body of his daughter Marie-Jo, a suicide in the month of May, 1978, at only twenty-five. His son Marc had called him in Paris to tell him, in the middle of the night. So as to never again be separated from Marie-Jo, Simenon had her body cremated, scattered her ashes in this garden. With the gesture of a sower who wouldn't wait for spring, but who loved the immaculate winter. Then he sat down before his tape recorder with the built-in microphone and spoke: "Hello, my little girl. From now you will share our existence in which you will have your part. Today I was anxious to tell you my joy — yes, my joy — because I know that you are happy also, having finally arrived at your goal."
I never forget reading about that that in a biography of Simenon many years ago
and of course I experienced so much lost love in my life
my father in 1942 at war, a little cat, a dog never replaced
then boarding schol in 1944 age 8 losing my mother's love and my home.
three broken marriages a daughter lost age 2
21 years of night work in increasing isolation
finally a cruel act by my mother 3 a month before she died in 1999
which cost me the inheritance of our family home.
Money I am careless about, but I was so attached to the place of my childhood 230 Widney Lane - the only constant of my life.