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Obit: Animaterra's Dad

AllisonA(Animaterra) 27 May 08 - 08:40 PM
ClaireBear 27 May 08 - 08:44 PM
Jeri 27 May 08 - 08:48 PM
jacqui.c 27 May 08 - 08:48 PM
Charley Noble 27 May 08 - 08:53 PM
The Fooles Troupe 27 May 08 - 09:01 PM
ranger1 27 May 08 - 09:05 PM
SINSULL 27 May 08 - 09:11 PM
Amos 27 May 08 - 09:14 PM
wysiwyg 27 May 08 - 09:20 PM
John on the Sunset Coast 27 May 08 - 09:21 PM
Stilly River Sage 27 May 08 - 10:19 PM
katlaughing 27 May 08 - 10:35 PM
Cool Beans 27 May 08 - 10:51 PM
catspaw49 28 May 08 - 12:46 AM
Megan L 28 May 08 - 03:14 AM
alison 28 May 08 - 03:16 AM
Hawker 28 May 08 - 03:41 AM
Sandra in Sydney 28 May 08 - 03:56 AM
Catherine Jayne 28 May 08 - 04:14 AM
John MacKenzie 28 May 08 - 04:44 AM
gnu 28 May 08 - 05:21 AM
Micca 28 May 08 - 05:21 AM
Alan Day 28 May 08 - 06:07 AM
GUEST,morti at work 28 May 08 - 06:32 AM
Bobert 28 May 08 - 07:04 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 28 May 08 - 07:10 AM
kendall 28 May 08 - 08:03 AM
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Subject: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 27 May 08 - 08:40 PM

My father, Frank Aldrich, died yesterday as the result of a fall. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's for several years, so it's a blessing, although a shock to us. I've spent the day on the phone and internet, trying (finally with success) to reach my sister in South Africa and my brother in Hawaii. My sister and I will attend the funeral this Saturday across the country in a town near Seattle, Washington USA. Tomorrow my dear man and I will fly from Boston to give ourselves time to help out, to look around, and be present for my dad's wife and the community there.

I value the love and support the Mudcat has offered so often before. I would appreciate your loving thoughts.

When I can I will write more about this complicated, brilliant man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: ClaireBear
Date: 27 May 08 - 08:44 PM

Bright blessings on you father's soaring spirit -- and on you and yours.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Jeri
Date: 27 May 08 - 08:48 PM

Big hug from me Allison.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: jacqui.c
Date: 27 May 08 - 08:48 PM

Love from Maine Allison.

Take care of yourself in the days to come and don't forget that Mudcat is always here.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Charley Noble
Date: 27 May 08 - 08:53 PM

Allison-

My kindest regards to you.

I hope you have time to sort all this out by yourself, and with your family. It's not a process that should be hurried.

I really hate the tradition of "instant" funerals. It took my family 6 months to plan a memorial service for Father, and the result was well worth the time.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:01 PM

My Condolences.

You only ever get one set of biological parents. I know.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: ranger1
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:05 PM

Allison, I'm so sorry.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: SINSULL
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:11 PM

Allison,
I am sorry at your loss but glad that his suffering is over. Celebrate his life and grieve his death. Take care of each other.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Amos
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:14 PM

Cheers, sweet lady.

No matter how long you anticipate this, it never makes it easier in any degree when the fact arrives.

Hugs.


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: wysiwyg
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:20 PM

Oh, my dear one. Love him forever, in that way that you have. I look forward to your portraiture.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 27 May 08 - 09:21 PM

I am sorry for the passing of your father. As you say, it is both a blessing and a shock. I know that is how I felt when my mother left us 9 months ago. Be strong, and keep memories of your father as you remember him best.
John


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 27 May 08 - 10:19 PM

My condolences--even with the difficulties he has had, it doesn't make it any easier to lose your father.

What is the town near Seattle?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 May 08 - 10:35 PM

I am sending you lots of the love you have so freely shared over the years. Sing for him and yourselves and all who loved him, dance with joy and let the sadness be free, too. You are an incredible daughter, Allison, and I, too, look forward to reading more about your dad.

My condolences,

kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Cool Beans
Date: 27 May 08 - 10:51 PM

I'm very sorry for your loss, Allison. I know you'll always have good memories of your father, as I have of mine, gone these 29 years.
Marty


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:46 AM

Aw Allison.........***sigh***...........so sorry.......You know my best thoughts are always with you old friend.

Karen's mom died from a fall quite unexpectedly a few years ago so I know that regardless of any other circumstance, there is a certain shock to such an event. You know you are dearly loved and respected in this village......Wrap yourself in the thoughts and prayers from your friends here and take good care as you go through the next days.

I look forward to some of those additional thoughts and memories about him.

Much Love, Many Hugs

Pat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Megan L
Date: 28 May 08 - 03:14 AM

Our thoughts and prayers go with you.

Dauvitt and his Meg


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: alison
Date: 28 May 08 - 03:16 AM

so sorry to hear about your dad "two l's"

lots of hugs and sympathy from Oz

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Hawker
Date: 28 May 08 - 03:41 AM

So sorry to hear your news, I lost my dad last September and still find myself with tears rolling down my cheeks at the silliest things that remind me of him. We lived 300 miles apart for many years and maybe saw each other once or twice a year, we spoke on the phone often, but now I KNOW I can't see him I miss him so much. Allow yourself to grieve, be happy that he has been spared more suffering and be proud that he was YOUR father. I send you my hand to hold, and a piece of my heart to patch the hole thats been left. Take care,
Much Love,
Lucy x


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 May 08 - 03:56 AM

more hugs & sympathy from Oz.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 28 May 08 - 04:14 AM

Sorry for your loss.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 May 08 - 04:44 AM

A warm consoling hug from the Scottish highlands Allison. I look forward to hearing more about him when you feel the time is right.

Giok


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: gnu
Date: 28 May 08 - 05:21 AM

Thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Micca
Date: 28 May 08 - 05:21 AM

Oh Allie, I am so sorry, I send my best thoughts and Friendship energy to you and to your man (whom I am glad is there to support you in this difficult time) My mother too had Alzheimers (or something very similar) I will be with you "in spirit" and look forward to hearing more about him when you feel able to tell us.
For me, being your father (and Maggies G/f)sets him in a special and unique place already .
With sincere condolences
Micca


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Alan Day
Date: 28 May 08 - 06:07 AM

Sorry to hear about your sad loss Allison.
Remember the good times and the lovely memories.
Al X


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: GUEST,morti at work
Date: 28 May 08 - 06:32 AM

Sorry for your trouble,lots of hugs Allison xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Bobert
Date: 28 May 08 - 07:04 AM

I am so sorry to read of your family's loss... I understand the "blessin" aspect, however, and do look forward to you telling us a little about this "complicated, brillent" man...

Warm thoughts and prayers from the Blue Ridge...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 28 May 08 - 07:10 AM

Thank you all, my dears. Yes, a funeral so soon seems hasty, and not everyone can be there, but in September we'll all be together (my side of the family) for my wedding and we've already pledged to remember him then in a joyful way.

I'm leaving for Seattle today- it's a long stretch, via Detroit. SRS, we'll be in Gig Harbor, where my stepmother brought my dad a few years ago in order to be closer to her family.

My wish for myself is to be calm and serene, acting thoughtfully and lovingly and not reacting to the inevitable family dynamics. Having my dear one with me is going to be a big help!

I'll be back in touch when I can. Meanwhile, once again I feel surrounded and held in loving Mudcat arms.

Allison


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: kendall
Date: 28 May 08 - 08:03 AM

You are in my thoughts too, Luv.See you at Old Songs?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Wesley S
Date: 28 May 08 - 09:01 AM

Take care. Your sorrow is shared. Let us know if we can help.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 May 08 - 09:30 AM

So sorry, Animaterra! Love to you and your family!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 28 May 08 - 09:40 AM

Sorry to hear...it's never easy, no matter what the circumstances.

We're thinking about you.

Take care of yourself.

Linn (Tom, too)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 May 08 - 10:26 AM

Allison, his last days were in a beautiful part of the country, if he was able to get out to see it. Let the mountains and trees and water sooth your battered spirit. A few years ago some of my Dad's friends, several of them Mudcatters, and I got together on the Edmonds-Kingston ferry and scattered his ashes and sang some songs.

Take care,

Maggie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:04 PM

I'm sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and take good care of yourself.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: astro
Date: 28 May 08 - 12:43 PM

Allison,

You have all my sympathy on your loss. I'm glad you can hold his memory happily.

~ Becky (Desert Dancer)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: karen k
Date: 28 May 08 - 09:19 PM

My thoughts are with you. My condolences. See you at Old Songs for a hug.

love,
karen


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Janie
Date: 28 May 08 - 09:44 PM

I'm so sorry, Allison. Light, love and peace to all of you.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Art Thieme
Date: 28 May 08 - 10:37 PM

I'm sorry to hear your sad news.
Onward and upward!
Sincere condolences too.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: alanabit
Date: 29 May 08 - 03:02 AM

My thoughts are with you. Many of us here know the mixture of emotions, which comes at a time like this. As you said, there is relief that the suffering is over and the natural sadness at the final departure. May the good things that came to you from your father stay with you forever.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: Pistachio
Date: 29 May 08 - 06:07 PM

Oh Allison, Sad news - please accept my hugs from distant Yorkshire.
My Fathers' death was sudden back in 1984 - be glad you've had so many years and hold on to good memories.
Love to your daughter too.x

May I add my Congratulations on reading news of your September celebration. Glad you've found happiness, you deserve it.xx
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: georgeward
Date: 30 May 08 - 02:04 AM

Ah, Allison. All the best in a difficult time and my heartfelt condolences. You might think of this unruly, electronic bunch when you need serenity and support. We do wish it for you.

Blessings,

- George


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Subject: RE: Obit: Animaterra's Dad
From: bbc
Date: 30 May 08 - 05:20 PM

Hi, dear,

I am not on Mudcat much, these days, but I stopped by to see what was going on. I was so sorry to read your news! You know I lost my dad, a year ago in April, & there are still moments that are hard to get through. The blessing is that there are many happy memories & I know that he is no longer imprisoned in a body that wasn't working. I'll be praying for you & your family. Hope to see you in June.

love & hugs,

Barbara


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