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I love you, Don 
11th-Jul-2012 12:24 am
Me: shadow against sand under ripples
My wonderful stepfather Don, beloved partner of my mother Ruth for several decades, and man I was proud to call father by choice rather than accident, died suddenly this morning of a sudden massive heart attack. He was active, busy, happy, and enjoying life and love to the end. We should all be so lucky.

Donald H. Johnson, 1943-2012.

I will probably post more here when/if I have time (perhaps filtered), but I wanted to get something here as soon as I could. I’m shaken but doing well and so glad and proud for the life he lived. My mother and sister seem to be doing OK so far (although I don’t think it’s really hit any of us yet). I’m so glad he lived to see his grandchildren, my sister’s twins.

Here’s a brief article by the public radio station where he worked for (as the article says) 20 years. It includes audio of a story of his, which was a nice touch; he started working there when I was still living at home, and it was always good to hear his rich warm familiar voice on the radio.

plumtreeblossom and I will almost certainly be going out to the funeral and to see my mother. I’ve long wanted to show her where I grew up. This is not how I wanted to do it.
Comments 
11th-Jul-2012 04:34 am (UTC) - Goodbye Don!
Please pass my love and condolences to both your mother and your sister. I am very lucky to have met Don, and so very glad he came into your life.

Know I'm here for whatever you need (including catsitting - Mare and I have it all worked out).

I am deeply sorry for the loss to you and your family.
11th-Jul-2012 04:59 am (UTC) - Re: Goodbye Don!
Thank you so much, sweetie! Chickenfinger thanks you, too. Not very mellifluously, truth be told, but I’m sure that’s what she’s saying.
11th-Jul-2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Oh, no! I'm sorry for your loss, hon. He seemed like a good guy, and it's sad that he's no longer in the world.

*hug*
11th-Jul-2012 06:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, it is, but the world is a better place for his time in it.
11th-Jul-2012 06:15 am (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss. You have always talked of Don with such affection. My thoughts are with you now.
11th-Jul-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!

(And nice to see you here, although I just discovered that the reason I haven’t seen anything from you lately is that you weren’t on the filter I read regularly. I’ve remedied that.)
11th-Jul-2012 07:21 am (UTC)
I'm very sorry for your loss.
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11th-Jul-2012 09:33 am (UTC)
I am so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing -- and it sounds like it is.
11th-Jul-2012 10:00 am (UTC)
Oh wow. I'm so sorry. I'm so glad to hear you remembering him so warmly. He sounds like a wonderful a wonderful, later addition to your family. *hugs*
11th-Jul-2012 10:10 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry.
11th-Jul-2012 10:37 am (UTC)
I am sorry for your loss. -hugs-
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11th-Jul-2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss, and so glad you had him in your life.

N.
11th-Jul-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
*hugs* and my condolences.
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