Thursday, May 5, 2011

Saying good-bye to one of the nicest guys...

Anton, a colleague at work, passed away last week. He was more than a colleague though. He was a dear friend. I've spent the past several days running around getting cards signed, collecting donations in his honor and working with other staff members to put an album together to present to his family. We're planning a luncheon in his honor and inviting his family to attend.

Anton was so well liked. Everyone spoke of what a gentleman he was. He was so kind and friendly. He didn't have the word "no" in his vocabulary. I took this picture of him during a end-of-the-year barbeque our job holds every year. I'm so glad I have it. I want to remember him just this way: smiling and enjoying life. Goodbye Anton. You left us way too soon. We'll never forget you.

21 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear this, it sounds like he was a great person.

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  2. He does and your post has made me quite emotional. I hope you and his family are okay. I'm sure he'll be smiling in knowing how supportive his friends were. Thank you for sharing :)

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  3. Carrie and Blueicegal:

    Thanks so much for your words of support. His family was so happy to hear all of the nice things people had to say about him. I appreciate your kind words as well.

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  4. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. My thoughts are with you, June.

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  5. Michelle,

    Thanks so much for thinking of me! It means a lot.

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  6. My thoughts are with you and your colleagues, as well as Anton's family.

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  7. LuAnn:

    Thank you. It's so sweet of you to leave kind words. Have a blessed weekend.

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  8. Sorry to hear. He has a wonderful, peaceful smile in that picture.

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  9. Cyndi,

    Thanks. It's so true. He was known for his smile and sweet manner.

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  10. I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a very sweet guy.

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  11. Lindsay:

    He was. I miss him so much. We're all talking about how irreplaceable he is. Thanks, Lindsay.

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  12. That picture alone says so much about him. I'm sorry he was taken so young, and I hope is memory is a blessing to all left wishing they had more than his memory to touch.

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  13. Deb,

    That is so well said. Truly, thoughts of him make me smile. Thanks. It is so kind of you to be so thoughtful.

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  14. Oh, June, I am so sorry...that is so sad. I wish I had more consoling words to say but sometimes there are none. I will say a prayer or two for him.

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  15. Patty,

    That's true, my friend. Sometimes, there's just nothing any of us can do. Thanks for the comforting thoughts though.

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  16. How sad.

    You wrote this beautifully though.

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  17. Elisabeth,

    Thank you. All the kind words mean so much. I just wanted a little bit more of the world to know that a great guy was here...and now he's gone...

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  18. Sorry for the loss of someone so well liked by so many people. what a wonderful heartwarming event you and friends did in is honor. may God bless your effort.

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  19. Thank you Sidne,

    That's so sweet of you to leave your kind thoughts. I really appreciate it. May the Lord bless you as well :-)

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  20. Those are beautiful things you wrote. May he rest in peace.

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  21. Thanks Cherry! It's so nice to "see" you. Hope things are moving along in your writing!

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