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#1982083 - 11/03/12 08:09 AM OT, the worst day of my life...
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8067
Loc: Georgia, USA
Dear Piano World friends,

It has been said that it is not good to share things on an internet forum that are of a personal nature. However, I feel that the Piano World forum is more than just an Internet forum… it is a community of individuals, friends and acquaintances with similar interests.

With that said, it is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss and bereavement to report that my 77 year old mother passed away yesterday. Though she was in the hospital being treated for a blood clot in her leg, her death was sudden and unexpected.

I can’t say enough good things about my mom… we have lost a beautiful and rare person who is irreplaceable. My mom and I were very close.

Please remember our family in your thoughts and prayers.

Rick
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#1982085 - 11/03/12 08:16 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
wouter79 Offline
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Registered: 02/14/10
Posts: 3243
Sorry to hear about your and your family's loss. Best wishes coping with it.
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#1982086 - 11/03/12 08:20 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 231
Deeply sorry to hear of your loss. You were right to share this burden with us.

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#1982094 - 11/03/12 08:47 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Jerry Groot RPT Offline
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Registered: 11/07/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Grand Rapids Michigan
Sorry to hear that Rick. You have my condolences.
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#1982098 - 11/03/12 08:59 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Karl Watson]
TunerJeff Offline
Full Member

Registered: 06/22/11
Posts: 442
Loc: Oregon Coast
Dear Rick,

Deepest sympathy for your loss, sir. The world feels very strange for a while...emptier and less rich... I know the feeling. My father passed recently. We'll be in Washington DC in a few weeks for his burial in Arlington National Cemetary.

But, I think that the sudden loss you suffered makes it more painful. We, at least, knew that Dad was ill and were somewhat prepared. Having your Mom pass so suddenly and without warning is heartbreaking.

I keep stumbling over the simplest things I do; from tying my tie to polishing my shoes. All the daily habits and attitudes that I keep realizing were from my father's teaching. Just putting away the dishes or folding my damn socks brings Dad to mind.

You just don't realize how much of who you are is what you were taught as a child. Until you lose the teacher....

Sincerely,
_________________________
Jeffrey T. Hickey, RPT
Oregon Coast Piano Services
TunerJeff@aol.com

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#1982101 - 11/03/12 09:12 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Rich Galassini Online   content
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Registered: 05/28/01
Posts: 8974
Loc: Philadelphia/South Jersey
Rick,

I am so sorry for your loss. My parents are both having struggles right now so this hits me more closely than it normally would.

Thank you for sharing this with us.
_________________________
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Cunningham Piano Co.
Phila, Pa.
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#1982102 - 11/03/12 09:14 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Steve Cohen Online   content
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My deepest sympathies, Rick.

My mom is 93...not long for this world.
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#1982103 - 11/03/12 09:15 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Strings & Wood Offline


Gold member until Dec. 2012


Registered: 05/22/08
Posts: 1833
Loc: USA
Rick,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you & family in my thoughts.
Carl
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#1982110 - 11/03/12 09:48 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Minnesota Marty Online   content

Platinum Supporter until October 5 2014


Registered: 05/15/12
Posts: 6036
Loc: Rochester MN
Dear Rick,

Please accept my condolences to you and your family upon the loss of your mother. As tribute, I will personally offer a dedication of our performance of the Faure Cantique de Jean Racine during Mass tomorrow morning.

Courage and strength my friend,
Marty
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#1982115 - 11/03/12 10:12 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Ralph Offline
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Registered: 12/09/01
Posts: 1293
Loc: Delaware (slower/lower)
Understand your pain. Prayers sent.
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#1982134 - 11/03/12 10:54 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
gutenberg Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/05/07
Posts: 376
Loc: Wichita, Kansas
I am very sorry for your loss, Rick. It is good to share our burdens. I lost my Mom early this year, and it takes time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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#1982156 - 11/03/12 11:45 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
ClsscLib Online   content

Platinum Supporter until Jan 02 2013


Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 1585
Loc: Northern VA, U.S.
Very sorry to hear it, Rick. My deepest sympathies.
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#1982159 - 11/03/12 11:49 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
sophial Offline
3000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/11/05
Posts: 3403
Loc: US
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother, Rick. You are in our thoughts.

Sophia

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#1982161 - 11/03/12 11:50 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Playagain Offline
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Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 239
Rick,
I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Kathy
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#1982163 - 11/03/12 11:55 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
RJ10 Offline
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Registered: 02/25/12
Posts: 44
Loc: Chicago, IL
Rick,

My deepest sympathies for your loss. My parents are both gone and I share the sense of deep loss with you. I will keep you in my thoughts,

~Richard
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Piano Technician & Collaborative Pianist
Bb Piano Service
Chicago, Illinois

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#1982175 - 11/03/12 12:09 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
fcar Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 45
Loc: GA, USA
Condolences and prayers to you, Rick. The days get easier but loved ones remain in your thoughts forever.

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#1982176 - 11/03/12 12:10 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Norbert Offline
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Rick:

check my pm

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#1982177 - 11/03/12 12:13 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
rocket88 Offline
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Registered: 09/04/06
Posts: 3158
So sorry for your loss, Rick...
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#1982179 - 11/03/12 12:18 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Bob Snyder Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/30/08
Posts: 150
Loc: West Coast
Rick - I am so sorry to hear this news.

My mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly 21 years ago; since that time, every time I hear of someone else going through this - it reminds me. I know how you feel.

May God bless and comfort you -

again, I'm so sorry for your loss.
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Senior District Manager
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rsnyder@steinway.com
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#1982180 - 11/03/12 12:19 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
tangleweeds Offline

Silver Supporter until Jan 11 2012


Registered: 12/21/08
Posts: 1269
Loc: Portlandia
Rick, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Be well, and don't forget to take care of yourself. Hopefully your piano will bring you some comfort.
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#1982190 - 11/03/12 12:44 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
pianonewb Offline
Full Member

Registered: 05/01/09
Posts: 220
Loc: No. Va.
I am so sorry, my friend. I lost my Mother 20 years ago, and it is still the single most difficult thing I ever went through. Our prayers are with you and your family.
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Mike
Casio Privia PX 120

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#1982220 - 11/03/12 01:49 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
AJF Offline
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Registered: 05/18/06
Posts: 1530
Loc: Toronto
Sorry for your loss Rick. Sending you white light...

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#1982230 - 11/03/12 02:15 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
pianoloverus Online   content
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Registered: 05/29/01
Posts: 19094
Loc: New York City
Sorry for your loss.

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#1982234 - 11/03/12 02:27 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Peter K. Mose Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/06/12
Posts: 1241
Loc: Toronto, Ontario
Rick, we are indeed some sort of a community here on PW. And we do indeed care. Our thoughts are with you. All honor to your mother's memory.

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#1982239 - 11/03/12 02:37 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
casinitaly Offline

Gold Supporter until March 1 2014


Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 4663
Loc: Italy
Dear Ricky,

This has indeed been a horrible shock for you , and I'm glad you came here to this very special community for some support.

I feel your sorrow across the waves my friend, and I grieve for you. You and your family are in my prayers.

Cheryl
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#1982256 - 11/03/12 03:16 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: casinitaly]
Robert 45 Offline
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Registered: 08/18/06
Posts: 1115
Loc: Auckland New Zealand
PM sent.

Profound condolences,

Robert.

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#1982288 - 11/03/12 05:03 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Dara Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/18/09
Posts: 985
Loc: west coast island, canada
Kind wishes to you and your family Rick.

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#1982302 - 11/03/12 05:55 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
RickG1 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/09/10
Posts: 299
Loc: TX
Rick,
I lost my dad almost a year ago and I know that pain.
Prayer are with you.

Another Rick in TX
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Steinway "B"
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#1982304 - 11/03/12 06:00 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
UK Paul UK Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 396
Loc: Berkshire, England
Big hugs mate, x
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#1982307 - 11/03/12 06:07 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Grandpianoman Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/12/05
Posts: 2242
Loc: Portland, Oregon
Rick, very sorry for your loss.... my condolences.

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#1982358 - 11/03/12 07:52 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Dave B Offline
1000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/01/11
Posts: 1730
Loc: Philadelphia area
Rick, I will add your Mother, your family, and of course you to my daily prayers.

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#1982363 - 11/03/12 07:56 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
scepticalforumguy Offline
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Registered: 04/18/08
Posts: 1475
Loc: Lower Mainland, BC
Rick,

Times like this are difficult to get through alone. I hope you also gather the rest of your family around you to help each other get through this. I wish you well in the grieving process.

James
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#1982371 - 11/03/12 08:09 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: scepticalforumguy]
Annitenth Offline
Full Member

Registered: 12/27/08
Posts: 440
Loc: Texas
I am so sorry, Rick, and will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. You already have a heavy burden to carry, and I often think of your effort and how much strength you have shown. You will always have your memories to help you through this loss.
_________________________
Anne
Bsendorfer 225
Technics PCM Digital Ensemble PR307

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#1982392 - 11/03/12 09:17 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Plowboy Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/26/08
Posts: 2172
Loc: Huntington Beach, CA
Rick, my condolences for the loss of your Mom. It's tough to lose our loved ones, but it's the cycle of life.
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Gary Schenk

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#1982403 - 11/03/12 10:10 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Keith D Kerman Offline
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Registered: 03/12/03
Posts: 3249
Loc: Gaithersburg, MD (Washington D...
I am very sorry for your loss, Rick.
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PianoCraft
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#1982406 - 11/03/12 10:18 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
ZoeCalgary Offline
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Registered: 05/01/11
Posts: 748
Loc: Calgary Alberta
Rick I'm so very sad for you in hearing this news about your mom. I lost my dad about 5 months ago. I think of him all the time. Like you and your mom we were very close. Back then I had considered coming to PW and posting because I feel a great deal of support here. In the end I didn't post but if I had I know it would have helped me. I am glad you posted here. I hope it helps you in some way. I'm sure it will. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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#1982407 - 11/03/12 10:20 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Roy Rodgers Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/01/09
Posts: 344
Loc: Ranger, Texas
I too am sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. My left 4 years ago after a battle with Alzhiemers.

Hang in there, it does get a little easier. But never easy.

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family.
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#1982409 - 11/03/12 10:26 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Rod Verhnjak Offline
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Registered: 04/09/06
Posts: 3635
Loc: Vancouver B.C. Canada
Sorry for your loss. I understand the feeling you are and will be going through.
Take care.
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of Fine Heirloom Pianos

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#1982425 - 11/03/12 11:19 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
thetandyman Offline
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Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 433
Loc: Indiana
Rick, I also send my deepest sympathy. I lost my great Dad not long ago. I'm not ready, at 57, to be the man of the family. Also, now I don't have him to call with all the news in my life. However, I'm certainly thankful that I had him in my life and I'm sure you feel the same way. BTW, I'd like to reach you Mom's age!
Best to you always!
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#1982431 - 11/03/12 11:46 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8067
Loc: Georgia, USA
Thank you all so much for the kind words of comfort and consolation. And, thanks for all the PM’s. Yes, I do feel better, though still brokenhearted. There is suddenly a huge void in my life, but I know it will get better in time.

Mom bought me a good used piano about 7 years ago that got me interested in pianos. It was a Kohler & Campbell console upright. My 8 year old granddaughter has it now… still plays pretty good too.

Rick
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#1982505 - 11/04/12 07:32 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
piRround Online   happy
Full Member

Registered: 12/14/09
Posts: 318
Loc: Yarmouth, Maine
I'm so sorry for your loss, Rickster. How nice that you shared your love of the piano. She gave you and your family a great gift.
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Sandy


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#1982743 - 11/04/12 07:10 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Laurie R. Offline
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Registered: 10/13/11
Posts: 43
Loc: Gatineau, Québec, Canada
Rick, so sorry to hear this. My own mother died 4 years ago, and I think of her so many times every day. I miss her every day. But you will continue. You will find pleasure again. You will think of your mother, not with sadness, but with pleasure.

Play the piano for her. I know she will hear you. The healing powers of music will help you too.

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#1982881 - 11/05/12 07:09 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Ken Knapp Offline



Registered: 04/18/06
Posts: 2125
Loc: Pennsylvania
So sorry for your loss, Rick...
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Piano Organ Depot
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#1982908 - 11/05/12 08:42 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
backto_study_piano Offline
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Registered: 01/28/10
Posts: 388
Loc: Australia
Sorry to hear of this - praying that you will experience God's peace and comfort at this time.

Alan
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#1982952 - 11/05/12 10:01 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
the nosy ape Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 06/10/08
Posts: 681
Loc: Westford, MA
As long as you hold her memory dear she will always be with you. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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#1983461 - 11/06/12 02:42 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Monica K. Offline

Platinum Supporter until Dec 31 2012


Registered: 08/10/05
Posts: 17698
Loc: Lexington, Kentucky
Originally Posted By: Rickster
Dear Piano World friends,

It has been said that it is not good to share things on an internet forum that are of a personal nature. However, I feel that the Piano World forum is more than just an Internet forum… it is a community of individuals, friends and acquaintances with similar interests.

With that said, it is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss and bereavement to report that my 77 year old mother passed away yesterday. Though she was in the hospital being treated for a blood clot in her leg, her death was sudden and unexpected.

I can’t say enough good things about my mom… we have lost a beautiful and rare person who is irreplaceable. My mom and I were very close.

Please remember our family in your thoughts and prayers.

Rick


My PW friends are my real friends, even if I've never met them face to face. I'm so sorry for your loss, Rick. You and your family are in my thoughts.
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#1983582 - 11/06/12 10:23 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
j&j Offline
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Registered: 10/24/09
Posts: 438
Loc: Southwest
Rick,

I'm so sorry to hear you lost your mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I lost my Mom about 8 years ago and my Dad 2 years ago. Losing my mother was one of the reasons I went back to playing piano. It did help me cope.

I am so sorry.
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Yahama C3 PE
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#1983704 - 11/07/12 08:44 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Rudy99golf Offline
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Registered: 02/12/12
Posts: 117
Loc: Guanajuato, México
Rick,

My deepest symphaty.

I wish you strength and resignation.

RG
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#1984516 - 11/09/12 07:18 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Rotom Offline
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Registered: 12/24/10
Posts: 1670
Dear Rick,

I am very sorry to hear of this. You have my wishes for mental strength and ability to be able to cope with what must be an overwhelming loss. Accept my condolences.

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#1984581 - 11/09/12 10:45 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Rickster Offline


Registered: 03/25/06
Posts: 8067
Loc: Georgia, USA
I want to thank everyone here at PW for their words of comfort, condolence and encouragement. As I said before, it means a lot to me.

I’ve spent the past week with my sister, who lived only a couple of blocks from mom, and my brother, who lives in Ohio. It hasn’t been easy, but having us siblings together during this time has been a lot of comfort and consolation as we grieve together over the loss of our dear mother.

As many here have said, mom will live on in our hearts and minds.

Thanks again,

Rick
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#1984631 - 11/09/12 12:51 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
carey Online   content
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 05/13/05
Posts: 6031
Loc: Phoenix, Arizona
My deepest sympathy to you and your family, Rick.
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#1984884 - 11/10/12 03:46 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
allthumbs Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/17/07
Posts: 115
Loc: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dear Rick

My condolences on the recent loss of your mother. My own mother passed away 35 years ago at the young age of 51 this past October 29th. She was my first piano teacher and instilled the love of music in me. I still miss her. She is a part of who I am and so she's not really totally gone.

Sincerely,

Kevin

allthumbs


Edited by allthumbs (11/10/12 03:48 AM)
Edit Reason: spelling
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#1985249 - 11/11/12 06:54 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]
Dara Offline
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Registered: 06/18/09
Posts: 985
Loc: west coast island, canada
Dear Rick,

This is a simple and heart felt improv I recorded a few days ago at home,.
Sending this with love to you and your mom.



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