Tuesday, June 17, 2008

In Loving Memory

Steve and Lucy
Rocky Mountains hike, 2005

I would like to dedicate my post today to our dear friend, Steve...who passed away last Friday, June 13th. He was surrounded by all of us who loved him as he left this life.

Steve was one of the most remarkable people I have ever met; kind, compassionate and so caring to all who knew him. He fought a valiant battle against kidney cancer for almost two years with a dignity and grace we felt humbled to witness.

Thank you all for your messages of comfort and prayers for Steve and his wife, Kathleen this past week...they helped more than you know.

"Sogni dolci"(sweet dreams), Steve. We miss you more than words can say.

30 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

Linda,
Please accept my sincere condolences. It is so hard to lose a special person in one's life. My heart goes out to you.

Moira said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Linda. I am thinking of you and his wife Kathleen and hope that somehow each day gets a little easier as you deal with your sorrow and missing your friend.

Shari said...

There is a lump in my throat as I type, Linda. Your words so beautifully and concisely convey an ocean of love for your dear friend. Steve hears it... I know it. Love, Shari

Rebecca said...

I am so sorry Linda. My heart goes out to you guys. Wishing Kathleen peace and comfort at this time of sorrow.

Jill Beninato said...

Linda...I am so sorry about your friend. My heart goes out to you and your friends family. Cancer just plain sucks...my Dad was just diagnosed a few weeks ago as well. Take care of yourself and know that you have friends who are thinking of you...

Jonna said...

You know that I feel your pain and what you are going through. My thoughts are with you and Steve's family.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Dear Linda,
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you, Kathleen and James. Your post is a beautiful tribute to Steve.
All my love -
Melissa

Leah said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your friend, Steve. The picture of him in the mountains is beautiful.

Patience-please said...

Oh I am sorry to read this. I am sending prayers of comfort to you and Steve's family. Kindness just radiates from his face in that photo.

warmest thoughts-
Patience

daisy janie said...

My condolences, Linda. May your fond memories provide solace at this difficult time.
Peace
Jan

William F. Renzulli said...

I would like to join the others in sharing your sadness.

Trijnie said...

I feel sorry for you, I believe you lost a nice person. Wish you a lot of strengh

The Odd Bird said...

My sweet friend I am so sorry you are going through this sad time. One of my friends died a couple of weeks ago at the age of 44. I know God knows best but it sure does hurt the ones left here to go on with life without them. Maybe Steve can search out Abby and Emma and play with them...

Joy Logan said...

hope this gets thru...I am so so sorry Linda.

Kari & Kijsa said...

We are so sorry to hear about this sad loss. Our prayers go out to you. and Kathleen as you brave each new day. Our condolences, prayers, and blessings,
kari & kijsa

Ruth Welter said...

Dear Linda...I am so very sorry to hear about your friend Steve...My thoughts are with you...

Big hugs,

Ruth

Leslie Moore said...

Dear Linda -- I am so saddened to hear of Steve's passing. He sounds like such an exemplary person. I wish I had known him. I'm sure his loss will leave a huge gap in many lives. I'm thinking about you and Steve's family.

Sunnispace said...

Oh, my goodness, Linda - I am sorry for your loss. I'm praying for strength for Kathleen, I know this must be the hardest thing for her. I hope you are well and wish you, your family and friends peace and comfort during this time and always...

Sandy T-S said...

I'm so sorry Linda. My prayers are with all of you.

NeereAnDear said...

Linda... I am so sorry... first of all that I missed this post... and that one so dear to you is no longer with you.... It is difficult at times like this to find the right thing to say... so ... I will say this... those of us who love you are here if you need us and prayers will be said for you and the family of your dear friend

NeereAnDear said...

ONE MORE THING.... SENDING .... LOTS AND LOTS OF HUGS YOUR WAY

JO

Neda said...

Dear Linda,

I join you and yours in your sorrow and pray that your friend's family find comfort to know that Steve was very loved. I know he will stay in their hearts forever.

Sorry I have not been keeping up lately but please know that I care very much.

Best regards from Beirut.

sabrina said...

Linda,
I am so so sorry about your loss
My heart goes out to you!
I also recently lost someone dear to me,
and its so hard. Be good to yourself and accept lots of puppy hugs from Miss Maisie Rose O'Neil.
The healing power of our furry dependents is remarkable!

best wishes
sabrina

Donna said...

I'm so sorry, Linda. My prayers are with you all.
Hugs, hugs,
Donna

Lynne said...

Oh Linda,

I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your dear friend. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, as is Steve's family. You see those mountains in that picture? My guess is that in Heaven, Steve is sitting in a beautiful spot, just like that -- with a wonderful canine companion by his side... maybe several. I know that Abby and Logan will find him and keep him company.

Amy C Evans said...

what a wonderful photograph of someone i know was a wonderful person because you were friends with him. and he was a dog lover ;) so sorry for the huge loss you, your friends, and steve's family re experiencing. but you know, i'll bet steve's enjoying some pie--or cake--somewhere right now....

Sandy said...

I've been so busy I haven't gotten by here lately. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing.

sandy

kate smudges said...

That is a beautiful photograph of Steve and Lucy. I am so sorry to hear of your loss ...thinking of you,

Love Lytton and Kate ox

BeverlyKayeGallery said...

Linda;
I am so saddened by this loss of your dear friend Steve. My deepest condolences to you and his family and friends. May his memory be with you and give comfort to you all.

Kathy Weller said...

I am so, so sorry about your friend Steve. Wow, that is heartbreaking.

I love what you wrote... about his dignity and grace that you were humbled to witness. That says so much in so few words. He must have been a remarkable person. My heart goes out to you and your family and Steve's family.