Saturday, 10 December 2011

Larry Wayland

Lori Hickgal kindly compiled this tribute to blogger Larry Wayland (moondawg on AOL) who passed away on 9 December 2011.

The old Dawg RETIRED!! No Boss, No Time Clock, No Morning Rush, No Money, etc. was his mantra for the last few years. I guess he is officially retired for the endurance. I met him via AOL journals as he was a truck like my dad. A bond of common interest. I soon found out he was much much more that that early bond. He was a loyal good supportive honest trustworthy friend. I shall miss my sounding board who gave ear to my grievance. We also over time grew to lend support as our mothers were both failing not only in body but age. His mother left him in March of this year. He has now Joined her. He had survived major heart issues last year in Nov and fought his way back from near death. I guess to get his mom thru her final days and be there for me after the death of My Grandson from SIDS. .

Former long-haul OTR trucker (11 yrs); Automobile Technician (12 yrs); Restaurant Manager (3 yrs); Played guitar in 2 bands that never went anywhere.

He had said of himself he was a Lifelong history buff. Unpublished writer and frustrated journalist. Other than the time in J land I did a tag team story book. He could take a story some place you never expected it to go. He was great at coming up with a story line that was unsuspected. You can still see some remnants of that here on Wayback time machine A JournallandNovel

He had a journal on AOL under the name of Moondawg for a journal he labeled Moondawgs parking lot. Here is the web archive for that. Moondawgs Parking Lot

He has as many of us did moved to Facebook to begin connections all over again. I know this world is sorely missing a blessing by his passing yet Heaven gained another star! Im sorry some did not get to meet him and others never got know him. He was a friend of all time and gentleman in the sincerest for of the word.
The online guest book can be found at this site: Guest Book

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Carol Martinez

It is with deep sadness that I have to report the death of fellow blogger Carol Jeanne Martinez (Carolhehe on AOL) who used to write Gypsy Paths. A year ago last August, she reported that she had been diagnosed with cancer, but the problems started as early as 2009. Chemotherapy was to no avail in the end, and Carol passed away peacefully at home on 28 September 2011, at the comparatively early age of 60. Carol was buried ten days later. A motorcycle procession was held in her honour to Plymouth WA, before her interment. Further details in her local paper (from where I link the portrait, left).

Carol, you fought valiantly against an intractable foe. I am pleased you are now beyond pain and suffering, but hope those that are left behind will be given the strength needed to cope with your loss.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Sam Shafer / Say it Baldy

On 29 June 2011, Sam passed away at the age of 91. I copy a comment from his blog, posted by his daughter:

Sam Shafer Sam Shafer, 91, World War II veteran. Served in Southwest Pacific. Sam witnessed the first official Japanese surrender at a small island ‘IeSHIMA’ near Okinawa. Sam passed away June 29. He is preceded by his wife, Mary Jane in 1996, and daughter, Rebecca Ouellette on June 9. He is survived by his two older sisters, their families, his sons, daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sam drove for Greyhound bus-lines for 32 years.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Rebecca Robertson / Journeyzpath

Rebecca Robertson, known to us in J-land as journeyzpath, has passed away after a battle with breast cancer. I have been unable to track down her old AOL journal, and have found only snippets of old comments on other people's blogs. I believe she discontinued her blog at the time of the Jland break-up in 2008, and has taken herself off Facebook a while ago. Not everybody is prepared or able to record the progression of a serious disease like breast cancer on the Internet.

Rebecca was a life-coach and I remember her blog as being along those lines. I am genuinely sad to hear of her death, as she was a good soul. Her star has now set below the horizon of life, but her pain and suffering at least are at an end.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Another Sad Loss

Guido only recenlty heard of the passing of another blogging who, apparently, was a graphics maker as well. He was only 46. I did not know him personally but if anyone does and wishes to leave a tribute please contact me and I will post it. Also, if anyone has a photograph of him for the sidebar.

His name was Alvia Meekens Jr. May he rest in peace. 
Alvia passed away on 11 April 2011.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Lori Johnson

We once more mourn the passing of one of our bloggers, Lori Johnson. She used the screenname ABIcequeen on AOL and kept the blog Lori's Letterbox.

Lori passed away on 16 February 2011 at the age of 66, having bravely fought pancreatic cancer for a long period before that. In spite of her serious illness, Lori went on a roadtrip through 2010 with her husband, Chuck. The journey had to be cut short due to her deteriorating medical condition. She left this life in the company of her family, away from pain and suffering, and into eternal rest.

Lori will be sorely missed in our community, as she touched the lives of many. Even when she was quite ill herself, she would still contact others who were unwell and enquire after their wellbeing. Neither was she going to let the cancer get in the way of planning for other trips out and about - British Columbia was on her calendar for this spring.

Although her blog remains on the Net for you to leave messages for Lori's family, her email address on Gmail has been discontinued after it became compromised a few days before her passing.

Lori, rest in peace.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Bill Janssen's memorial

These are the scans of the card (first two images) and memorial (last two images) that I received today from Bill Janssen Jr. In order for the images to fit on the blogpage, I had to reduce their width, but if you click on them, you get the full-sized version.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Angie Marshall

Angie Marshall passed away today at the age of 60. She had not been feeling well earlier in the week, but the sad news of her death did come as a shock to many of her friends on the Internet. Marie Rayner has written a tribute on her blog "A Year from Oak Cottage", to which I'd like to refer.[Unfortunately, neither tribute nor site are no longer available, January 2013]. 

Angie, Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Housekeeping message

Jeannette has given me permission to monitor comments on this blog, and as a result I have just removed 500 spam comments.

A few things have therefore been changed:
  • Anonymous comments are no longer permitted.
  • You will be asked to complete word verification
  • All comments will be moderated prior to publication. 
I apologise for any inconvenience, but I am confident you prefer that over seeing the tributes defiled by comment spam.


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Rest Well Daria

Another of our community has been lost to us with her passing on the 22nd January after a long, brave battle against cancer.
I did not know Daria but she was one of us and I know by the comments she received that she was very popular.
Her suffering is over now and she, as others before her, takes her place on this our memorial journal never to be forgotten. Rest well, Daria.

In Remembrance Of Bill

I have only just heard of the passing of our dear friend Bill of Just Plain Bill. He was much loved and a great friend to many. I remember him visiting my journal on several occasions.
He now takes his place with our other J-Land Angels but he will not be forgotten. Rest in peace dear Bill.