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A friend of mine died today.

He was 68 years old. He died in hospice of melanoma, which was discovered last year in his brain. He never recognized the skin lesion. He was one of my original paddling buddies here in Portland, a retired engineer and a budding Buddhist. He loved his wife and their home by the Washougal river, where he could watch osprey and otters. His hospice bed was at home, turned so that he could see the river flowing by. He was headstrong and didn't enjoy dysfunctional group dynamics, hence was apt to simply leave behind river groups he didn't feel like dealing with. He softened after his diagnosis. I wish his wife and family well in this difficult time. Holidays for them will forevermore bring up the memory of he who they lost on this day. His name was Dick Sisson. A candle burns for him here, and his memory is held with love and respect.

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bobby1933
Dec. 26th, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
Condolences and Compassion
It is hard to lose a friend.
But he may not be lost to you.
May he not be lost to you.
liveonearth
Dec. 26th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Condolences and Compassion
Thanks.
madman101
Dec. 26th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
That is very sad. My sympathies are with you, and his relations.

I've had a few dreams from a friend-passed-on, the last two nights. They never really go. Consciousness is universal. And not. It's up to you to keep his spirit alive. It's up to everyone to begin the coming paradigm.
neptunia67
Dec. 27th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. It is never easy to lose people but even more difficult around the holidays. Peace to his family.
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