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Missing Marty...5 years on

Posted By: Retsacnal

Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/23/19 01:42 AM

It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years since we lost Minnesota Mary.
Posted By: Ed McMorrow, RPT

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/23/19 02:07 AM

Seems like only yesterday I heard him
Chiming in to help those seeking aid
Posting gems of wisdom and of courage
Helping out those who seek to find the way
Posted By: PhilipInChina

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/23/19 06:21 AM

Is it really? I am amazed.
Posted By: Rich Galassini

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/23/19 12:04 PM

I got the opportunity to meet him in person when he visited Philadelphia. So well educated and such a fine player. I miss him.
Posted By: Karl Watson

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/23/19 08:17 PM

Friends:

There is no question that a light went out when we lost our Marty. He was an unusual combination of the uncompromising and the flexible. But, all in all, he was a man and an artist who was thoughtful and questing, always in search of beauty in tone and touch. There is not a single time that I sign-on to our forum that I don't miss his presence amongst us. As a fellow Steinway man, I pray that he is now with Henry, Jr., C. F. Theodore, Henry Ziegler and Paul Bilhuber !

Karl Watson
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/24/19 05:00 PM

Ed, he definitely shared his wisdom, and had a real ability to do so in words, which isn't always as easy as it seems.

Philip, yes, hard to believe 5 years have blasted past! Time is merciless.

Rich, I envy you. I wish I had had the opportunity to meet Marty in person. I'm sure he was a character in "real life," someone worth knowing. I numbered him among my friends, but only in this virtual world.

Karl, as always, you say it best!
Posted By: Rich Galassini

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/26/19 10:21 PM

Originally Posted by Retsacnal

Karl, as always, you say it best!


Yes, Karl ALWAYS says it best! smile
Posted By: malkin

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/26/19 10:51 PM

Marty was a gem.
Posted By: ClsscLib

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/27/19 12:00 AM

I miss him too. Always enjoyed his posts and his sense of humor.
Posted By: phacke

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/27/19 02:07 AM

Thanks for remembering, Ret.
I have a difficult time dealing with death.
Prayers to him.
Posted By: Norbert

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/27/19 06:26 PM

Marty was truly one of a kind.
Especially 'kind'. A commodity less encountered these days....
One of the greatest here ever.
Never to be forgotten.
Lucky, he's in a much better place now...RIP Marty!!
Norbert
Posted By: Piano*Dad

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/27/19 07:25 PM

I have saved some old PMs from Marty.
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/28/19 11:25 PM

Originally Posted by Piano*Dad
I have saved some old PMs from Marty.

Me too. thumb
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/28/19 11:27 PM

Originally Posted by phacke
Thanks for remembering, Ret.
I have a difficult time dealing with death.
Prayers to him.

Me too, but I guess I'm getting to that point in life where it's more common.

frown We lost Marty in '14.

frown I lost a brother in '12.
frown Lost my dad in '13.
frown Lost my wife in '17.
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/28/19 11:36 PM

Originally Posted by Norbert
Lucky, he's in a much better place now...RIP Marty!!

Definitely! thumb

I wonder if Marty and Mrs. Retsacnal have met...

When we entered the hospice center where she spent her last two weeks, there was a Yamaha C3 in the lobby. She made a funny comment in that moment...having just arrived in an ambulance and passing by on a gurney...that she would like to take lessons!

To state the obvious, it wasn't the time to start lessons. She'd already been struggling with bouts of delirium, and it quickly occurred to me that she probably meant that she would have liked to have taken lessons in her lifetime. At some point in those next 15 days she made me promise to resume lessons myself (and I have).

She used to tease me that I spent so much time on Piano World that I must be on the board of directors! She'd sometimes ask me what I was typing so frantically about, or laughing about, so I tell her so-and-so said such-and-such. So, she "knew" some of you. Anyway, I'm sure she'd like to meet a PW friend.

Perhaps Marty is teaching her to play! grin
Posted By: Karl Watson

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/29/19 12:23 AM

R:
Your last is just lovely - really lovely.
Karl
Posted By: phacke

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/30/19 06:33 AM

Terribly sorry to hear that, Ret.
Prayers to your family.
Posted By: Rich Galassini

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 10/30/19 10:05 AM

Originally Posted by Retsacnal


Perhaps Marty is teaching her to play! grin


He would love that!
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 11/06/19 02:03 AM

Originally Posted by Karl Watson
R:
Your last is just lovely - really lovely.
Karl

Thanks, Karl! That really means a lot. Sorry I missed it the other day. I had actually been wondering if I ought to come back and apologize for my maudlin commentary.

I've been in a melancholy mood. Last month would have been our tenth anniversary (we met a little later in life). Instead we're marking the second anniversary of her passing. So, I've got these sorts of things on my mind.

Grief is not all bad, though. In fact, it's what put me in the mood to check on Marty, and I realized that it had just passed five years.

The old adage says only the good die young, so I suppose I'll be around for a long time...

Anyway, I'm glad some others appreciate my "philosophical" meanderings.
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 11/06/19 02:04 AM

Originally Posted by Rich Galassini
Originally Posted by Retsacnal


Perhaps Marty is teaching her to play! grin


He would love that!

She would too! smile
Posted By: Retsacnal

Re: Missing Marty...5 years on - 11/06/19 02:05 AM

Originally Posted by phacke
Terribly sorry to hear that, Ret.
Prayers to your family.

Thanks, phacke. smile
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