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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.
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.

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.
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-
11th-Jul-2012 12:41 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss, and so glad you had him in your life.

11th-Jul-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
*hugs* and my condolences.
11th-Jul-2012 12:52 pm (UTC) - Oh, Hon, I'm so sorry.
No, I imagine it hasn't really hit yet. It's just such a shock when its so sudden.

Peace and love to you, your family and all who loved him. He sounds like a wonderful man and joy in your life.

11th-Jul-2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
11th-Jul-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, honey... I am so, so sorry. *many hugs offered* Wow. Hope you and everyone connected to him are being very gentle with yourselves and taking care of each other, it's a massive emotional blow to lose someone you love so much so unexpectedly.
11th-Jul-2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear about your family's loss. Of all the ways to go, that seems least cruel for the person who has to go. It's how my mom's dad went- made us very sad but a relief to know he didn't suffer a second and was busy and active til the day he died. Love to you all.
11th-Jul-2012 03:30 pm (UTC) - May his memory always be a blessing
I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
11th-Jul-2012 04:26 pm (UTC)
My love to you and your family. It's a blessing he was able to be happy until the end of his life.
11th-Jul-2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.
11th-Jul-2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Condolences on your loss.
11th-Jul-2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss. If you called him dad, he must have been a great guy. :) Let us know if you need anything.
11th-Jul-2012 06:20 pm (UTC)
My condolences to you and the rest of your family.
11th-Jul-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your loss :(
11th-Jul-2012 09:55 pm (UTC)
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I bet he was proud to call you son as well.
12th-Jul-2012 02:18 am (UTC)
I'm terribly sorry.
12th-Jul-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep Don and all of you in my prayers.
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