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My babysitter from when I was a mere child, you loved me. Thank you! How my folks and I missed your laugh over the years. You truly left too soon.
He sat next to me in a class in high school. The class escapes me, but the fact that at such a young age seeing this young man vibrant and alive one day and gone the next was a hard and bitter pill to swallow. I have never forgotten him, nor the other fellow schoolmates we lost. It just is simply a damn shame to lose so many, so young - and with so much to offer. People like Alvin make me walk through life with a wonder of ...what could have been.
First of all, girl - forgive me - I always had your name spelled various ways.
My memories of you are two words: Spirited & Smart.
No words can express the level of forgiveness I had for this young man when he left this Earth, and tragically so. I still shake my head. All I know, is the emotional growth and spiritual development that young man went through his last year of life could span a lifetime for others.
One of those, if I knew for only a season..., may as well have been a lifetime.
Maybe we were brothers in a former life, perhaps it is just a bond in spirits.
Andre knows how much his tragic death has affected me
still to this day, some 25+ years later.
I can feel, sense, almost touch
...from the very depths of my soul
~ and so many unanswered questions.
Just makes me want to holler.
A deep and profound loss.
PETRONELLA "ANNA" CASSONE
Thank you for your son.
My dad was a good man, and you raised him right.
And so it goes...
a testament in forgiveness.
"UNCLE" DON CASSONE & AUNT "CINEMA DIVA" SANDRA CASSONE
It was like I was just getting to know you two, when Aunt Sandra left us.
Then life happened and time passed - and then Uncle Don left.
Other than my parents, I never knew another couple who loved each other
so deeply, or so much.
RAYMUNDO & OPHELIA
thank you for your daughter, she is like a sister to me
"ROSE" MARIE GIBBS
Open door policy...
a virtuous woman...
"LAVENDER SILK: DANNY TURNER"
Damn! Damn! Damn!
So smooth, so fine, so damn funny...
and you accepted people for who they were,
not what they were...
blessed by a huge, loving family
...the one that got away -
I often wonder 'what if' and 'how things would have turned out
if I would have made my move' -
glad we re-connected in this lifetime
for me to come visit you and say goodbye -
and I am sorry I didn't come to your funeral.
It was a bit too much to handle at the time.
strong-willed & very determined
one could never stay mad at Ceil...
always made me feel like I was at home,
very talented and generous with those talents
...though I do wonder why about a few things sometimes
CHRISTY PHILYAW HARRISON
My online buddy, I miss our random back and forths
in the middle of the night ...and thank YOU for liking, if
not loving my little works of art
"MOTHER" PEGGY CALDWELL
first of all, thank you for your daughter -
she is like a second mother to me...
you remind me of any and everything that home
should look, feel, sound and BE
and for that Thanksgiving after my mom passed
away I thank you a thousand times over
high energy bliss
you were like Joan Collins & Diahann Carroll
all rolled in to one - in a good way...
loved your sense of style
I still will never do Dixie Chicks
Not Ready to Make Nice
because you did it so well
..damn you lol
Melba, Melba, Melba...
SO MANY MEMORIES!
Thank you for those.
Anya and I STILL talk about you every now and then,
the stops at the doughnut shop,
riding home with you and Fantasya,
that karaoke show we used to do,
fighting over numbers,
I miss you, girl -
those were some really good times.
...And sorry about Leroy
my maternal great grandmother...
I hardly remember her, but
she gave life to my beloved Googles
...and anybody who knows me knows that
Googles was one of my best friends in life - ever.
a lovely and kind woman
Oh My God!
Never, ever did I think hanging out with
Never, ever did I think hanging out with
my Mom's friends would have been so much fun...
Thank you for coming to
Toronto with us...
truly a highlight in my life
"UNCLE" RALPH FRITSCHEN
very, VERY duty minded
devoted to God & country
loved his mom
a very simple man
...and such a brave and fearless fighter
a very kind and generous man
...always such a lady
DENNIS ASHBY a.k.a. RITA PORTER
thank you for always thinking of me
and asking about me
...it, like your approval, meant a lot to me
SHARON L. CASSONE
you said I would miss you when you were gone
you were so right
ROBERT "ROCKY" CASSONE
first of all, who knew your Ave Maria would be such
a hit - thanks for recording it for us
your voice lives on
and people used to criticize your easy going way
NOW, I understand that being mellow is the way to go
it kinda keeps everything on an even keel
this one reminded me so much of my Dad...
vibrant and loud, colorful; yet, subtle
WILLIAM "BILLY" EARL GIBBS II
I am not sure why we got so close near the end for you.
I no longer question it, but I will say this...
Thank YOU for reaching out to me and needing me.
It was so needed at that time in my life and
what a joyful, blessing you were to so many.
What can I say?
I miss our talks.
You were a good friend and roomie.
...and thank your for Miss Bea.
Hey Walter, Pam and I miss wondering
what wonderful cake creation you'd be
baking for everybody on Sundays...
ELIZABETH "LIZ" PATRICK
no matter how dark your day may have been,
you always managed to tell a joke or two
to put a smile on SOMEONE ELSE's face
thanks for the laughs; giggles too
GRANDMA MARGARET "GOOGLES" DICKENSHEET
thank you, thank you, thank you
I miss our talks about movies and music
you were one cool, fabulous lady
one of my bestest friends ever
and sorry I never told you about the thing
I wasn't mature enough to face up to that responsibility
...though, I do wonder, if I make you proud - now....
...always on my heart