30 July 2003
I am most distressed to announce the passing of my sister Joni, of complications of cirrhosis, in Dallas, Texas, about the same time I was getting started on the Tour.
No family members knew she was even ill; she has been out of touch in recent years. Word reached my father through the Texas authorities. He reports that no service was held, that her remains were cremated, and that there was a discussion as to whether I should be notified, what with vacation and all, and they decided to save it until I got home.
Immediate reaction: who would have thought the boys would be the ones who survived? The girls had all the common sense.
Joni was forty-one. Right now I feel well enough to type. Tomorrow may be another matter entirely.
Posted at 7:37 PM to General Disinterest
My condolences. That's awfully young, almost the same age as me, and dreadful news to come home to.
Condolences. We'll all understand any need for reflection, as what is life without memories?
So sorry to hear such sad news. I hope you are alright.
I lost my little brother unexpectedly a little over 3 years ago. My deepest condolences.
We will keep you in our prayers.
CG, I'm so sorry. That's rough to hear, especially since she was so young, and estranged from the family. Give yourself time to grieve. You and the rest of your family are in my prayers.
I'm very sorry about your loss. My brother passed away at the age of forty. You will be in my prayers.
Peace, Charles. Remember only the smiles and the happiness.
What they said. Take the time you need, we'll be here.
CG, my deepest condolences for your loss. I have personally lost three family members to cirrhosis: my wife at age 33, my mother at age 66, and a cousin in his forties. The root cause in each case was slightly different but the end result was the same.
It is good to see you made it back home safely. I just wish I had the time to take another long road trip. It has been a few years.
Charles, my deepest condolences to you and your family.