Sunday, May 17, 1981
Three Wednesdays ago, I said goodbye to a friend of ours. It was a sad moment in my life-but I felt that also there had to be a certain bit of joy. Vadim was going" home", home to Mount Athas. As long as I had known Vadim he had talked of this Holy Mountain which meant so much to him. He was going home to his people, to his heritage.
I helped him climb the winding staircase to his seat in an enormous airplane. He climbed those stairs just as I had known him to hike the mountain in Vermont. It was not as easy for him this time but his chin was high and his gaze fixed upward.
I helped him ease gently into his seat. I looked at him and he smiled. His features, as we will all so well remember, were keen and sharp. His blue eyes were clear and bright with a glint of calm and peace. It was as if he knew right then he would now be in God's hands.
Vadim was truly a good man, an independent man, a decisive man, a calming man, a friendly man, a loving man. He was a man quick to
voice approval or otherwise. He was a teacher, an artist, a leader, a man whose waters ran very deep.
We all knew Vadim in our own ways, however different they may have been, but it must be said he was a man who touched our minds and who touched our hearts and who filled each of us with gladness and good feelings. He was indeed a kind man. He has made each of our lives a little more complete for having known him.
As I turned to walk back down the stairs when I left Vadim, he took my hand, which had become almost a ritual the last weeks I knew him, he kissed it softly. He could not get out the words, but I know he was saying "God bless." He was smiling. He was happy.
And so, I think today it is quite fitting that I say for all of us - Vadim
God Bless - with love.
Robert A. Chandler
Vadim Alexius Carnojevic (Chern)
August 2. 1912 - May 12. 1981
Born in Montenegro. Died at the Serbian Monastery Chilandar. Mount Athos. Greece.
Mr. Chern had come to the United States in 1923. at the age of eleven.
In the early thirties he sailed between Labrador and Newfoundland, carrying furs on his schooner. the "Minnie B".
He had written a book about his sailing experiences, as yet unpublished, which is illustrated with many of his drawings. Later he returned to New York to continue his artistic pursuits.
In 1938 he had a one man show of his paintings in New York and was described as a "very promising artist" by the "New York Sun". He was active in the National Arts Club, was chairman of the Junior members and had judged
several of their exhibits. Many of his paintings are in private collections in the United States and Nova Scotia.
Following World War II Mr. Chern and his wife, Margaret Booth, who predeceased him in 1975, established Little Bear Farms in Northfield, Vermont. It was here that they were able to bring over three hundred oppressed and displaced people, including several religious personages who later founded the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, N.Y. Some of the original Monks are still there.
Little Bear Kennels and the Little Bear Newfoundlands came into being in 1948 and immediately began what over the years became a legend. During their career in Newfoundland Dogs, Mr. and Mrs. Chern bred over 140 Champions, many, many group winners, and over nine generations of Best in Show Newfoundlands.
eye, artistic sense and firm conviction that a Newfoundland was a working dog who above all had to be sound, proved to all that intelligent deliberate breeding leads to the predictable results they were able to achieve. Together they left an indelible mark on the breed.
On April 29th of this year, Vadim left for Mount Athos in Greece and the Serbian Monastery of Chilandar. On the first of May he took the Monastic vows according to his traditions and the name of Brother Arseniji who was the political and religious Patriarch of the Carnojevic Dynasty in Montenegro many generations ago and from whom Vadim was directly descended. Vadim passed away twelve days later at peace.
It was fitti ng that the book be closed on the Holy Mountain. Vadim was a very religious man and this was as he had wished the end to be. "