Dear Abra and Eric, our sincere condolences. We will always remember him as a brave, intelligent, kind man, with a lot of humor. We wish you all the strength you need to get through these difficult period. Our thoughts are with you and the family. Love.
Ma Chère Abra
Marie France se joint à moi pour t’envoyer toutes nos amitiés dans ce triste moment, nous sommes prés de Toi par la pensée mais aussi par la prière..
Je garderai dans mon cœur le souvenir d’un Ami, bien vivant qui épluchai des légumes à La Calmette avec son bonnet sur la tête
Nous t’embrassons très fort..
Abra – I can’t imagine what you are going through. Shel was a special guy, and he will be missed – it was so much fun getting to know you both last year, and I will think of Shel and his wit and story telling ability (and love for coffee!) often. Oh, and his wonderful music. Take Care.
Chère Abra – mes plus fortes pensées pour toi et ta famille, dans ces bien tristes journées. J’espère que Shel aura vu et senti le printemps pointer son nez dans votre Ouest si lointain. Peut-être, plus tard la douceur française viendra t’apaiser.
Abra – my thoughts and prayers are with you. There are no words….. Yours has been an incredible journey. You were so lucky to have had more years with Shel than I ever would have thought possible. I attribute that to the excellence of your loving care.
Oh, my dear Abra.
Shocked and weeping.
May the love between you two star-crossed (I think you are) lovers continue to be expressed in your own sharing of the things you two shared as a couple.
That’s the best I can wish.
I am so sorry, Abra. You are both so courageous, meeting everything head on. I’ so glad that you consciously made the choice to make your time together the most important thing in your lives for the past 4-5 years.
Oh, Abra. It doesn’t really help when one sees it coming, does it? I’m so sorry for your loss.
Words aren’t enough here, but they’re all I have: from here it looks as though you made the most of what you had, for all the years that you had, and that’s saying a great deal about the way we all should live! I admire the way you both made the most of what you had, and I weep for your loss even as I celebrate your time together.
Oh Abra. I am so so sorry. We have read your blog for many years and have been so inspired by your love and fortitude and resilience. We got hooked on your wonderful stories of France but the story of your marriage and your love for each other was even more compelling. May Shel rest in peace. He was blessed to be married to you. We wish you strength in the coming months. Know that many people have you in their thoughts.
It’s true– there are many more people than you know, out here, with you in our thoughts. I read your blog frequently, and never commented until recently, and now I see this… and I’m struck with such sadness for you. This is a really lovely photo of your Shel. May you make peace with this loss, and find strength in your friends and your loved ones, and in the knowledge that so many people are thinking of you.
Abra, please accept my sympathy and condolences. We say,in my family, “may his memory be a light” and Shel’s most certainly is. I’ve lived vicariously through what you shared here in your blog, as my beloved and I are separated for the past 7 years-you have loved each other as we do,and reading about your happy appreciative life has been a comfort to me on my own dark and lonely days. May your memories be a comfort to YOU when you might feel a dark loneliness, too.
Abra – David and I, and all your old CMHC and Corkheads friends, are so sorry to hear this news. Shel was one of the strongest, smartest, and most brave men I have ever known — and the two of you together were amazing. You two had so many wonderful experiences and such an interesting life — that you so generously shared with us all through your lovely writing. I’m so glad we had the privilege of meeting you both all those years ago. Karen & David Chrestay
Oh no. We only just found your blog today and we’ve been really enjoying it. This is so, so sad. Sending you our very best wishes and sincere condolences from Birmingham, England – Phil the bear, Edwina and Ben.