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Re: THE "CHATBOX"

Postby simonshack on November 22nd, 2016, 7:56 pm

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My dear old mother passed away this morning - due to heart failure. I normally wouldn't share too many personal matters on the forum, but since a number of you have had the good fortune to meet my lovely mom, I feel it's ok to let you all know of her passing.

As it is, I never ceased to marvel at how people / friends - almost instantly - became enamored with her. So - ok - this is starting to sound like some of those corny-phony 9/11 tributes, so I should probably stop right here.

In any event, Kerstin was a wonderful person - and I'm not saying this just because she gave me life. She had a very sharp / quirky sense of humor - and that's probably why she decided to die on 22/11 2016 - the 53d anniversary of JFK's (the "First Television president") dubious demise!

Thanks in advance for your kind condolences, everyone. I will dearly miss my beloved mama. She was of course a dauntingly-talented opera singer / pianist and music teacher - and it took me many years, way into adulthood, to humbly try and make music myself.

My mom and me (and our dog 'Sadiki') - many years ago:
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Postby Flabbergasted on November 22nd, 2016, 9:30 pm

Simon, I am so sorry to hear that!

I can only second what you said about Mama Kerstin´s sense of humor and her ability to create lasting bonds almost instantly, simply by being herself, with no need for ingratiation or pleasantries.

As I wrote in a private message some months ago, when I said good-bye to her and assured her we would soon meet again, she just shook her head and said “no”. She may of course have meant “you are just being polite, I don´t believe you will be back”, but there was no doubt in my mind she meant “you won´t find me when you return”.

She will be missed. God rest her soul.
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Postby CluedIn on November 22nd, 2016, 10:44 pm

I am so sorry for your loss, Simon. No words can ease your pain, but know that you are in my prayers tonight. Nice picture of you and mom.
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Re: THE "CHATBOX"

Postby omaxsteve on November 23rd, 2016, 12:09 am

Deepest condolences, Simon, on the loss of your Mother.

Let memories of the times you shared together give you comfort. Her life was enriched because of you.

Regards,

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Postby ICfreely on November 23rd, 2016, 1:28 am

Sorry about the (temporary) loss of your mom, dear Simon. May she rest in peace!

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Re: THE "CHATBOX"

Postby MrSinclair on November 23rd, 2016, 3:55 am

My condolences on the passing of your wonderful mother Simon.
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Postby SacredCowSlayer on November 23rd, 2016, 6:17 am

I'm so sorry for your loss Simon. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers in the season ahead.
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Postby Vera Obscurata on November 23rd, 2016, 6:25 am

Simon, my support to you and your family in these hard times.

And cherish the fact you could talk with your mother about all the things that don't happen around us, a rich experience most of us don't or didn't have.
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Postby Kham on November 23rd, 2016, 8:23 am

Simon,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Kerstin was a wonderful woman with so many talents who made the world a better place. She will be missed.

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Postby bongostaple on November 23rd, 2016, 9:04 am

Very sorry to hear that Simon - best condolences to you & family.
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Re: THE "CHATBOX"

Postby simonshack on November 23rd, 2016, 2:28 pm

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I am extremely moved & touched by all the beautiful messages here. I thank you all very, very warmly. For all the 'impersonal / abstract' nature of internet communications, I can nonetheless sense & feel the sincerity of your kind words of condolence - I love you all. Most of you, of course, have NOT met my mom (nor yours truly, for that matter) in person. Only one day has passed since the passing of my dear mama - so I'm writing while still weeping profusely - in fact, I can hardly read / or spell-check what I'm typing right now, due to that fountain of tears blurring my eyesight! Fortunately, I'm surrounded by many good friends today.

My mother is "dead"- but one cannot say that she's "gone". To those who got to know her, she won't ever "go away".
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Postby brianv on November 23rd, 2016, 2:29 pm

Simon, sincerest condolences from all here. I hope you are all bearing up.
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Postby pov603 on November 23rd, 2016, 8:50 pm

My condolences to you and your family, Simon.
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Postby Farcevalue on November 23rd, 2016, 8:56 pm

Simon, I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing. You have my deepest sympathies.
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Re: THE "CHATBOX"

Postby hoi.polloi on November 23rd, 2016, 11:35 pm

Thank you to the forum members being genuinely supportive. This research might not have ever existed without Simon, and Simon might not have ever existed without this incredible and beautiful person. I feel I cannot really express myself about this subject through this kind of forum and I tried sending you an e-mail Simon. I will also be on Skype and I will try giving you a call.
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