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April 13, 2011

My wonderful, artistic, handsome, smart, talented and most important- kind- great uncle Pat passed away this week. He was an amazing man, with strength and fortitude I could never dream of having through an illness that was long and hard and draining. I will miss him so very, very much. He gave me so much support in my art, he was an artist himself and not only did he give me materials, he gave me ideas, guidance, technique. He taught me so much about so many things and was like a surrogate grandfather to me when my own passed away when I was just 6 years old. He was a great cook, too. And what a sense of humor! That photo is of him and my aunt Marilyn on their wedding day.

I’ll be taking a while off from the site, I’ll see you all next week.

And Uncle Pat, I promise you that I will put those paintbrushes you gave me to good use again. I love you. Rest in peace.

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  1. So sorry for your loss Marilla. Here’s hoping you continue to be inspired byyour uncle and his memory. Come back strong and we’ll do Easter things — Pastiera Napoletana!

  2. I am so sorry to hear the sad news Marilla. My heart goes out to you…Loosing someone who is such an inspiration is heartbreaking. But just think of the wonderful things and memories that he left you and that he made such an impression in your life! You and your family will be in my prayers. I have a good listening ear so if you ever want to talk you know where to find me.

  3. Thanks to you both, Mara & Patrice. All the love me & my family have gotten from people eases the blow a little bit. Still hurts like a bitch. But all the kind words do help… so thank you.

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