I got home in one piece on Saturday and glad it was not cold as it was back in Paris Ill. We had it where it was cold and cloudy and very raw. Stu's funeral was in one word. Perfect in every way. There was a slide show and Kirsten played his favourite opera. Eulogies were given by me, Kirsten and Craig. The room was full and there were people who came to say good by to Stu. They took time off from their jobs to come by. Flowers galore and of course I managed to get his favourite cigar and some of my mother's ashes buried with him.
AmVets, American Legion, Kiwanis, Sad Sacks were all there. Not a dry eye to be seen but laugher to be heard. He meant so much to you and you him. I could hear him laugh his laugh that we loved so much. And saying "Good on ya". Not to mention having a cigar with Tony. And yes, having a bourbon and raising it to all of us. Here in TOFA but at his funeral. Now he and Tony are putting TOFA together for when we come home. We just have to make sure we have a plan for the checks ;). On the behalf of Stu's family, I thank you so ever so much. No words can really say what is in my heart and the hearts of my family. And I also thank the Almanac for sending flowers. They were so beautiful. God Bless to all. Emily
I htink we were all with you and your family on Friday. Stuie was one in a million. I enjoyed his friendship and words of wisdom so much here on TOFA and also his e mails.
I will miss him so very much and will never forget him.
I'm sorry for the lose, He will be missed by all. I am thankful I knew him through TOFA forums and to have been blessed by his input and humor.
I'm thankful you made it back home safely. Will continue to remember everyone in my thoughts and prayers.
Emily, I've probably said enough to you already, in a gazillion emails etc.
I'm glad that everything went well and he was sent off in style.
I hope that you held it together, BUT really in a time like this, you're NOT expected to.
Shout whenever you feel the need
that you know who your friends are, and who you can turn to for help and advice.
Sounds like they are a good bunch in Paris.
Too bad that January is historically a bad month for you.