Tavern Ghost

This incident happened to my Aunt Joy. She and her husband owned a tavern in Tacoma, Washington for many years and one couple who frequented the tavern was Fred and Lucy Laurent. My aunt described them as a happy-go-lucky pair. Fred had been a sailor on a ship for the navy and been around the world seven times. He and Lucy had had 14 kids. Fred was distinctive-looking with white hair and a beard. Joy said he looked just like Santa Claus to her.

Fred died a long time ago. About 10 years after that, Joy was at the tavern at 5:00 a.m. in the morning (before they opened) sweeping and mopping the floor. She was engrossed in her chores. All of a sudden she felt a tap on her shoulder. Startled, she whirled around. There, for a fraction of a second, she caught a glimpse of Fred. Although it was too fast for her to catch his expression, she swears there is no doubt at all in her mind that she actually saw him.

My aunt tells me that Fred's wife, Lucy, died only a couple years ago at the age of 95.