Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Sam Collins (GABoatman)

News has reached us of the sad death of Sam Collins, formerly known as GABoatman, from Savannah in Georgia, USA. He succcumbed following a lengthy illness on 25 June 2018.

Sam worked at the marina in Savannah, and would be out in boats as part of his job. I remember Sam as a true gentleman who I would have liked to meet, but in the end this never happened. He offered to share an adult beverage on that occasion. Tonight, I raised a glass in his memory. Sam played the guitar and sang as well, and would post recordings on Facebook.Until 2008, Sam would blog on "Docklines".

My thoughts are with his wife Paulette and his extended family. Another J-lander has gone. I am very sad.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sandra Lee Schick-Doscher

Today, Sunday 9 April 2017, we were alerted to the sad news that Sandi had passed away. It looks, from her Facebook page, likely that a brief illness claimed her life. Reactions have been swift, and united in sadness. It certainly came as a bolt out of the blue for me.

I copy the tribute posted by my J-land friend Jody Davis-Navakuku.

I woke before the sun this morning, and received the sad news in the cover of darkness, my tears falling unchecked and unnoticed.

Sandi and I went way back to the days of floppy disks and dial-up modems, AOL Journals and chatrooms. We shared a common love for poetry and story telling, of sunflowers and dandelions. We were romantic dreamers and passionate patriots, although on opposite sides of the table. That our friendship withstood this past election is a great testament of just how strong our bond was.

To read of her passing has left me heavy hearted. I have no doubt she is now at peace with Joe, but selfishly I was not ready to let her go.

As bright as the morning dew drop,
As soft as the grass is green.
Go now unto your future
And live your final dream.

Rest in peace and be forever happy my friend.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Jan K. Orndorff - My Transplant Blog

Jan Orndorff passed away on 7 July 2016 after a lengthy struggle against pulmonary fibrosis, which was diagnosed in 2002. In 2011, she underwent a lung transplant, but after an initial success she lost the battle against rejection, and particularly as a result of the medication used. Jan was very active in raising awareness of the condition, a founding member of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association. She leaves a widower, John, three children, 6 grandchildren and a huge legacy in terms of her efforts for PF sufferers.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Nelle / Copious Chatter

News reached us of the death of Nelle Mancil McLaughlin, who blogged on AOL as McJerseyGirl. Her blog was Copious Chatter. She was a kind and generous person, who will be sorely missed. May she rest in peace, now that her suffering (through ill health) is over.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Tributes 2006 and 2007

This page contains links to blogs from J-landers who passed away before this blog was started. 

One Girl's Head Noise (UK) - Pam, RIP 16 April 2006
There are no Sundays - Jim, RIP April 2007
The Diatom Project - Walt, RIP 27 April 2007
Pennie's Pieces of Ohio - Penny, RIP 1 October 2007
My Reason for Reasoning - Barbara, RIP 20 November 2007
Lahoma's Laments - Lahoma, RIP 25 December 2007
I shaved my legs for this??? - Kim, RIP 26 December 2007

Friday, 20 November 2015

Access denied, living with MS / Herrad Ford

News reached us in the evening of 18 November 2015 that Herrad Ford, who lived in Amsterdam, Holland, had passed away after a short illness. She had been suffering from multiple sclerosis for years, but it was pneumonia that eventually claimed her life. Herrad had been keeping a blog for about 9 years until last August, chronicling the effects MS had been having on her life.

Morton Lake writes: 
Another friend lost from the ravages of MS,please remember with me our dear friend Herrad,whose blog Access denied, living with MS has been an inspiration to myself and to so many others with the damn evil disease. For those of you who did not know her please visit her blog,
I first came across this blog, just after I was diagnosed. Richie her husband/carer and her were both kind enough to leave comments on my blog after I posted, especially if I was having a bad time with the MS, and Richie as a carer understood a lot of my concerns with caring for mum. Herrad succumbed to a chest infection/pneumonia aggravated by her MS - which is killed by MS as far as I am concerned.

I am deeply upset, and I ask you to remember Richie in your thoughts,and for those of you who do,prayers. Keep strong mate.Herrad was an amazing,brave lady.

Thankyou for reading, take care all, Mort 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Sheria Reid / The Examined Life

It is with profound shock and sadness that I am writing this tribute to Sheria, whom I first encountered as "aimer" on AOL, nearly a decade ago. Until January 2015, she posted in her blog The Examined Life, in which she held American society in critical acclaim, focusing on race relations amongst other topics. Sheria latterly posted mainly on Facebook, and I was always pleased to read her take on current affairs, and American politics in particular.

A comment on her Facebook wall alerted us to the sad passing of Sheria on 1 July 2015. When she failed to turn up for work that day, she was found deceased at her home, having suffered a massive heart attack.

I never met Sheria, like I never met so many J-landers whose keyboards have long since fallen silent. Nonetheless, I was deeply saddened upon reading of her death. Our J-land community in particular, and the world at large, is a little smaller and less bright for her passing. Her wisdom and insight will be missed.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this sad time.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Sandra Whipple-Snodgrass / Blondepennierae

Sandra, who used to blog on A Pennies Worth, passed away in December 2013. The news did not reach us until August the next year. Sandra suffered spells of ill health during the years of J-land, and suffered a brain bleed in 2010, which stopped her blogging output.

Kathy Zolla got the news:

Her grandson, Dave Snodgrass sent me a private message which landed in my other folder at the end of July (right after I wished her Happy Birthday) and I have just found it. Sandra passed away in December last year. If you stopped by to wish her Happy Birthday you may also have gotten a note from her grandson. Check your 'other' folder in messages. Since I responded to his pm to offer my condolences I've asked him about John aka BOSOX Blue on AOL-J. I know he had not been well with his MS and had been in a residential facility. I will let you know if I hear anything on John.

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Dana Bate (DB) - The Vagabond

Dana Bate (aka D.B.) passed from this earth in the early morning hours of July 28, 2013. He had been hospitalized in Bristol, Pennsylvania for a couple weeks. Dana himself summed up his life in his Blog profile~

"I am an actor and broadcaster. I am grateful to have spent my life in the arts. Now I also write and paint. I am humbly trying to overcome selfishness, it's effects and regrets. I read history, philosophy, psychology and religion. My desire is to share what I have with the world while trying to make sense of a difficult life and enjoying the journey, no rituals, no rules, no summations."

Dana had several Blogs, they included; Vagabond Journeys, Vagabond Tales, Vagabond Jottings, Vagabond Leaves and The Brian Saga.

I had the pleasure of many phone conversations with Dana over the years and I can tell you he had a deep, rich voice... suitable for any Shakespeare play and a slight east coast accent.

Dana, D.B. The Vagabond~you will be missed.

Tribute submitted by Linda S. Shook