Words for JohnO

Discussion in 'The Bucket' started by Matt Rogers, Apr 27, 2003.

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  1. Matt Rogers

    Matt Rogers Kingfish Staff Member

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    Some of you probably saw the announcement for a party here with members of Reef Aus and Fishy Frolics.

    JohnO introduced me to Emil at Reef Aus and was a big help in getting the idea going.

    Well it is with profound sadness that I share what I just found out. JohnO's wife died today in a scuba accident.

    I have only know John a short time, but I already consider him to be a great friend. Stay strong JohnO.  And know that you have friends who care about you and will try to help you through this.


    I think in the last two weeks, people around here were just starting to see his wit and vast knowlege of reefing. The guy cracks me up. His jokes are the best.

    But there is nothing to joke about here. Tragic events like this make remind us all how fragile and sacred life is.

    Guests, members, everyone - please take a moment and share some words of strength and condolences for JohnO and both families.



    Matt
     
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  3. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    Re: Our Thoughts

    In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

    Dear heavenly Father God, we beseech You at this time of great need to console the heart of John O and to open the gates of your kingdom to the soul of his beloved wife. We pray that she be full of grace and if need, that all of our prayers and supplicatios will help speed her on to heaven. We ask this all in the blessed name of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

    Amen [smiley=angel.gif] [smiley=angel.gif] [smiley=angel.gif] [smiley=angel.gif] [smiley=angel.gif] [smiley=angel.gif]
     
  4. CheckMateKingll

    CheckMateKingll Feather Duster

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    Re: Our Thoughts

    Indeed a Sad Time
    May God give you strength to see you thru these hard times.
    My Prayers and Thoughts are with JohnO and his family.
    In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
    Amen
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is with great sadness I read the news of your tragedy. The McKenzie (Jakets) family extends its deepest sympathies to you and your family
     
  6. Wrassman

    Wrassman Peppermint Shrimp

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    John,

    I don't know you, but I can empathize with you, having lost someone dear to me at one time in my life. I'm not going to lie to you and tell you it gets easier as time goes on. What happens is that you just get better at dealing with it -- the pain is still there.

    I wish I was with you now, so I could sit with you for 10 minutes and talk. I have been a grief counselor for many years, and if you would like to talk to me via e-mail or otherwise, my e-mail address is sdh0220@hotmail.com .

    You aren't in this alone, John. Write me, and we'll talk.

    Steve
     
  7. karlas

    karlas Fire Goby

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    im not to good with words but im sorry for the time your going through
    but they say that time heals all wounds it may be tough now but it will get better as time goes on and i hope for the best for you
     
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  9. JohnO

    JohnO Moderator

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    Hi,

    Well it's been a week since Susan passed. The funeral was last Thursday and was a real turning point in my life and that of my daughter Sharne.

    I love you all dearly for your words, and your messages of support, they are greatly appreciated by both my daughter and myself.

    There is one of those cheesy old sayings that goes...
    "Take time to smell the flowers"
    Can't remember where it comes from but it is a truism I encourage you with all my being to adopt. It wont stop bad things from happening in your life, but at this moment it is a truism that I am living by.

    Last thing, this is the verse that was read at Susans funeral. Please read it and share it if you want as it is a beautiful verse and probably conveys her thought better than I ever could

    Do not stand at my grave and weep,

    I am not there, I do not sleep.

    I am a thousand winds that blow

    I am the diamond glints on snow.

    I am the sunlit ripened grain,

    I am the gentle autumns rain

    When you awake in the morning hush

    I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight

    I am the stars that shine at night

    Do not stand at my grave and cry

    I am not there.
     
  10. CheckMateKingll

    CheckMateKingll Feather Duster

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    Does put things in perspective,,,
    Very true, sometimes we tend to forget the true meaning of passing into the Lords Hands...
    Not gone, Not forgotten...
    Steve H.
     
  11. mango

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    Nice to see you back John O, i just emailed you about some stuff you might like, but stay strong John, we all here have sorrow in our hearts :'(

    Steve (mango)
     
  12. Craig Manoukian

    Craig Manoukian Giant Squid

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    Glad to hear from you John, let us know if there is anyting we can do! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter. Beautiful message from the service and what Steve Hahn said!

    :) ;) :D ;D 8)