Today, I found out through the good folks on the Yahoo Paper Mache Art group that we recently lost one of our own. Jonty, who shared so much of his knowledge with anyone who asked, has passed away. He had a big and generous heart, but it just wasn’t strong enough.
I spent most of the morning in a blue funk, deeply saddened by the loss of someone I never met - but how to express it?
Patch said it best, I think:
It is a special kind of sad — you never meet the person, often never hear a voice or see a photo, but you feel as if you know the person well, and can say things to him/her that you wouldn’t say to your closest ‘virtual’ friend for fear of shame or laughter, or you learn so much from the person it is as if they stood by your side with instructions. And then, the email person you knew is gone and you never knew their last name, never mind anything else except vague generalities. We think life is a road you can drive down, but it is a bit of papier mache newsprint, blowing away in the wind………………..
Thank you, Jonty – wherever you are – for being a part of so many lives. You will be missed.