Friday, 9 January 2009


We've been to the funeral today of our friend Joe. He died on the 30th December, from pancreatic cancer, at the age of 35.

Mr Kitsch met him about 10 years ago when they were both working on a local radio station, and their shared love of music was a strong bond. Over the years we've had some great times with Joe - he was fun and funny and sweet and warm.

His illness was very sudden. He only started to show symptoms of being unwell last spring, and the diagnosis of cancer did not come until September. Sadly, for various medical reasons, it was not treatable, but we didn't expect his death to come so soon.

I cannot begin to express how sad this all is, and how I feel for his partner, Sarah. But I wanted to mark the day here, and give my own little tribute to this lovely man. We've been remembering him today with lots of smiles and laughter (as well as the tears), because that's what he was all about. Bye, Joe.


Jenn said...

How terrible! Sending blessings from New York!

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss Elaine..
It is always painful saying goodbye to loved ones and friends especially to this unforgiving disease. My mother died of the same ..pancreatic cancer.. and I still can't accept her loss..
Joe will live on in your hearts and memories..

With love
Michele x

craftpile said...

Yes...that is terrible. I am sorry and hope you and Mr. Kitsch are feeling better. Blessings, Amy

Country Cottage Chic said...

I'm so sorry to read this Elaine - he was so young.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm so sorry about your friend Joe. He has such warm eyes....
A dear friend of mine died of the same thing a couple of years ago. Pancreatic Cancer- takes them fast.