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    Aww sh1t. Ian, I'm so terribly sorry. Words really don't cut it.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

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    Deepest condolences.

    Jeff

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    Ian, thinking of you.

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    My condolences Ian. There's really nothing more to say.

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    Ian, I'm so sorry for your loss. She will always be in your heart.
    "George Washington as a boy
    was ignorant of the commonest
    accomplishments of youth.
    He could not even lie."

    -- Mark Twain

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    I'm sorry Mate.

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    So very sorry WBF brother.

    Jack
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    Sad to hear Ian, our sympathies, but a life well lived.

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    Ian, I'm very sorry for your loss.
    "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."
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    I'm so sorry Ian. Please take care.
    Harvey

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    Ian,

    I lost my wonderful Cynthia last Monday morning at 0405.
    The most wonderful, kind and generous person I have ever met so I know how you are feeling.
    Cynthia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015 and she too had major surgery.

    Ian, the pain is horrid I know and I do a lot of weeping but being surrounded by family and a wonderful community is a very good thing and I truly hope that you are getting plenty of support at this most distressing time.

    Best of luck friend .
    Bald, ugly, not too bright but incredibly sexy in an unattractive sort of way....

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    I am sorry for your loss. May you find peace.

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    My condolences Ian.

    Jimmy

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    Ian, I'm devastated, primarily because I was complexly caught off guard by this and for me unexpected. Im so sorry for your loss.

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    So sorry, Ian. And doorstop. Peace to you both.

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    My most heartfelt condolences Ian.

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    Ian: Smoke and thoughts to you and best of prayers to her soul. I am SO sorry to hear of your loss.

    I only met her twice but she was a wonderful lady to me in the short time that we interacted.

    I am so sorry for your grief.

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    Peace Ian. We can't keep the people, but we can keep the love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doorstop View Post
    Ian,

    I lost my wonderful Cynthia last Monday morning at 0405.
    The most wonderful, kind and generous person I have ever met so I know how you are feeling.
    Cynthia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015 and she too had major surgery.

    Ian, the pain is horrid I know and I do a lot of weeping but being surrounded by family and a wonderful community is a very good thing and I truly hope that you are getting plenty of support at this most distressing time.

    Best of luck friend .
    Damn, man.. peace to you too. Glad, at least, you have family & friends to surround you.. still..

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    Fair winds and following sea's.
    Keep calm, persistence beats resistance.

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    So sorry to hear this, Ian. My sincere condolences to you and your families.

    - John

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    That will leave a terrible hole - best wishes for you and all who knew her.
    Someday, I'm going to settle down and be a grumpy old man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doorstop View Post
    Ian,

    I lost my wonderful Cynthia last Monday morning at 0405.
    The most wonderful, kind and generous person I have ever met so I know how you are feeling.
    Cynthia was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2015 and she too had major surgery.

    Ian, the pain is horrid I know and I do a lot of weeping but being surrounded by family and a wonderful community is a very good thing and I truly hope that you are getting plenty of support at this most distressing time.

    Best of luck friend .
    I just saw your post, so sorry .There's nothing to say, sorry .
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    So sorry for your loss.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Ian, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Strength and Peace!

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    So sorry to hear that, Ian. Best wishes mate, take care.
    "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome and charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" Mark Twain... so... Carpe the living sh!t out of the Diem

    I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of being there saying "I wish I'd done that"

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    doorstop, I'd not been reading all the posts on Phillip's thread and so missed your post.

    Being with a person as she or he is dying is both hard and beautifully meaningful. For me, hospice took the heavy lifting out of the whole process and I could concentrate on being "Blob of Comfort". And MaryEllen's family and friends were deeply involved.

    Age matters. MaryEllen was 63, which seems too young to me, but my closest friend's wife was diagnosed with leukemia when she was pregnant and she died when their child was under two. At that time (early '80s) in tandem with a Vietnam vets outfit we organized - the VFW, the VA, and town veterans' agents having a bit of attitude about survivors of that war - I helped establish a sort of "widows club" for women whose men did not come home. So I know that loss is a very different experience by age, experience, family situation.

    If the loss is foreseeable, as it was for you and for me, I think the opportunity for preparation and for participation with our beloved is one of life's more remarkable gifts. In loss you and are are actually blessed.

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    Ian, I'm glad for you that you were able to be with her right until the end. I was at my father's bed side when he went.
    My sincerest condolences to you.

    Martin.

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    Ian,

    I only know you from your writings here, but your empathy and compassion have always shone through every line. I'm sure we all here send those same warm human feelings back to you now. May you find some consolation in that, and in good time, peace.

    Tom

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    Sorry. "The future's uncertain, the end is always near" (Jim Morrison). Everything is so fragile

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    Sad news.

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    My sincere condolences Ian, It's sad to loose a mate. She lived well. It kind of leaves you" high and dry." But one day, the good time memories will flood in and you'll be afloat again.


    Peace

    JD.
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    So sorry, Ian.

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    So sorry for your loss, Ian.

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    Fair winds to Mary Ellen, Peace to you.

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