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#1982083 - 11/03/12 07:09 AM OT, the worst day of my life...  
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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 07:16 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Sorry to hear about your and your family's loss. Best wishes coping with it.


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#1982086 - 11/03/12 07:20 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Deeply sorry to hear of your loss. You were right to share this burden with us.

#1982094 - 11/03/12 07:47 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Sorry to hear that Rick. You have my condolences.


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#1982098 - 11/03/12 07:59 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Karl Watson]  
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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
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#1982101 - 11/03/12 08:12 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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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#1982102 - 11/03/12 08:14 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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 08:15 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Rick,
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you & family in my thoughts.
Carl








#1982110 - 11/03/12 08:48 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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 09:12 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Understand your pain. Prayers sent.


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#1982134 - 11/03/12 09:54 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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.

#1982156 - 11/03/12 10:45 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Very sorry to hear it, Rick. My deepest sympathies.


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#1982159 - 11/03/12 10:49 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother, Rick. You are in our thoughts.

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#1982161 - 11/03/12 10:50 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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 10:55 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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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#1982175 - 11/03/12 11:09 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Condolences and prayers to you, Rick. The days get easier but loved ones remain in your thoughts forever.

#1982176 - 11/03/12 11:10 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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#1982177 - 11/03/12 11:13 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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So sorry for your loss, Rick...


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#1982179 - 11/03/12 11:18 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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.


Bob Snyder
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#1982180 - 11/03/12 11:19 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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 11:44 AM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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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#1982220 - 11/03/12 12:49 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Sorry for your loss Rick. Sending you white light...



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#1982230 - 11/03/12 01:15 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Sorry for your loss.

#1982234 - 11/03/12 01:27 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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.

#1982239 - 11/03/12 01:37 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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.

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#1982256 - 11/03/12 02:16 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: casinitaly]  
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Profound condolences,

Robert.

#1982288 - 11/03/12 04:03 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Kind wishes to you and your family Rick.

#1982302 - 11/03/12 04:55 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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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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#1982304 - 11/03/12 05:00 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Big hugs mate, x

#1982307 - 11/03/12 05:07 PM Re: OT, the worst day of my life... [Re: Rickster]  
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Rick, very sorry for your loss.... my condolences.

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