Barbie, Whit, Nate, an John
Toutes mes condoléances , pour la perte de vos parents.
""Bien que les fleurs se fanent, meurent et disparaissent,
leurs précieux parfums demeurent toujours.
Tout comme ces fleurs éclatantes,
ceux que nous aimons ne meurent jamais réellement;
ils demeurent avec nous à jamais,
empreints dans nos souvenirs les plus précieux.
Barbie, John, Nate and Rich,
I treasure memories of our childhood in Tokyo and sailing together with our fathers in Aburatsubo. I remember how patient and exuberant your father was, with a true joy of life that was contagious. Please accept my sincere condolences and prayers on the loss of both of your dear parents. My mother sends her sympathies and love too. Hope to have the chance to reconnect one day. Erika
Barbie, John, Nate and Whit,
I am so sad to learn of the passing of your Mom and Dad, especially so close together I loved your Dad immensely and admired your Mom and her tenacity. She was a wonderful lady and taught me a lot, as did your Dad. They were a huge part of my life growing up and even as an adult.
Now we have their memories to carry us through the next phase of our lives, and for that I am eternally grateful. I loved tbem both and cherish all the memories and all that I have learned from them over the years.
I am so glad that I got to visit with them last fall before coming here to Florida. Your Mom talked about all of you and the Grandchildren as well as sharing photos and such. Your Dad and I sat for a very long time going through the book on the Korean War that he and I worked on together for such a long time. My visit was wonderful and I am certainly glad I have that memory.
All my love, thoughts and prayers are with you all and I would love to have one of you contact me once you have stopped reeling from all that has come about.
Hugs and prayers,
Dotty (Dorothy Wheeland) Brown
338 Killinger Avenue
Spring Hill, Fl. 34606
Woven into my childhood memories are the knowing looks always with a twinkle, effervescence, unfailing joy both your parents exuded. They set the bar on joy. What remarkable lives they led and shared. Your so significant losses are heaven's gain. Dad, Mara and Mother too from her perch join me in sending our heart felt condolences and love. Linda
To John's Family - I remember your Dad waving to us from above the beach at Bates Island, welcoming ashore the young sailors of Chebeague's Sailing School. Out where the open Atlantic meets Casco Bay I thought of the magical energy that brought your parents home to the island to share their lives with others, and then wafted them back again to a world far beyond Halfway Rock. Their lives are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us so much of the magic that we did not know.