The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

30 July 2003

She's gone

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.

Posted by: Jay Solo at 7:46 PM on 30 July 2003

Condolences. We'll all understand any need for reflection, as what is life without memories?

Posted by: Mike at 9:23 PM on 30 July 2003

So sorry to hear such sad news. I hope you are alright.

Posted by: Donna at 9:29 PM on 30 July 2003


I lost my little brother unexpectedly a little over 3 years ago. My deepest condolences.

We will keep you in our prayers.

Posted by: mtpolitics at 9:30 PM on 30 July 2003

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.

Posted by: susanna at 10:30 PM on 30 July 2003

I'm very sorry about your loss. My brother passed away at the age of forty. You will be in my prayers.

Posted by: susan b. at 12:19 AM on 31 July 2003

Peace, Charles. Remember only the smiles and the happiness.

Posted by: David at 5:20 PM on 31 July 2003

What they said. Take the time you need, we'll be here.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:02 AM on 1 August 2003

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.

Posted by: Tiger at 10:00 AM on 2 August 2003

Charles, my deepest condolences to you and your family.

Posted by: Goof Beyou at 12:24 PM on 2 August 2003

my condolences as well.

Posted by: bruce at 1:08 PM on 2 August 2003