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He left us

August 2, 2012

He left us yesterday afternoon on a beautiful summer day. He was feeling no pain as his body’s breathing slowed. He didn’t die alone. Michael was there. So was the incredible nurse Melody. They held his hand and encouraged him to let go. She knew it would happen on her shift. She stayed on extra to make sure he went comfortably. We were in transit, actually at the funeral home  making his arrangements. Kim had gone home to sleep after being there for over 24 hours.

He was a builder, an artist, an architect, a lover of beautiful rivers for fly fishing, he was a good son to his mother, a solid brother, a husband,  a father of 4, grandfather of 6. He always left a strong impression on people he met with humor and banter. He cared for his mother at the end of her life, he cared for his wife at the end of her life. He was always there for us kids even when we drove him nuts. He was well loved to the end.

He is free of the pain & cancer that kept him from enjoying life.

He is free

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  1. August 2, 2012 11:49 am

    A worthy tribute. Sorry for your loss; glad it was painless for him. Off to the next life, whatever that shall be.

    • paperstew permalink*
      August 2, 2012 2:07 pm

      Thanks Chris. Mike deserves a medal for being there at the end. He did a great job.

  2. August 2, 2012 2:19 pm

    I was actually emailing with him that evening. He seemed as comfortable as one could be with it.

  3. Marilyn permalink
    August 3, 2012 8:16 am

    Words see feeble when I try to express my feelings. Lee was my hero for reasons most will never know. I will never forget him or stop loving him. I was about 6 years old when we met and he gave me a ride in “Puddles”, his car. He took me to the “noise parade” at the U of O and to a movie when the Mayflower Theatre had old sofas for the “louge seats” in the back. Lee was on a date and I sat between him and his date.

    Ron and I send our thoughts and hugs to you at this time of loss. We know you were there for him and your mom 195%. Love, Marilyn and Ron

  4. jhv57 permalink
    August 6, 2012 8:33 am

    So sorry for your loss. May your memories of this remarkable man ease your sorrow in days to come.

  5. August 7, 2012 2:07 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I lost my beloved aunt last week, very elderly and frail. It’s so hard to accept that they’re gone but they are at peace now and no longer suffering.

  6. Suzanne Aiken permalink
    August 21, 2012 8:59 am

    My condolences to you all. Lee was a great neighbor to my husband and myself when we first moved to Yachats in 2000, always ready with a joke. He will be missed by me and the rest of the neighborhood.

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