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I opened my e-mails this morning, time ran away from me over the week end and I didn't get a chance. My heart shattered.

Two years ago, this week end, I wrote my first blog in CL. It was one of the best things I ever did, it brought me so many friends, and also one very special lady in New Zealand.

Over the course of the last two years I have come to know Sam and Richie as a truly wonderful couple. Tonight I cannot stop shedding tears of sadness.

I rang Sam tonight, I wanted to reach out across the miles between our hemispheres and let her know how we feel for her here in this family, and if wishes could come through, like everyone else here on the Coo we would all love to be able to hug Sam and take away her pain.

Richie was not only Sam's beloved husband, but a wonderfully warm, witty man, a joy to talk to with a great sense of mischief. I have no doubt but that he shall walk beside her and that she will hear him whisper to her when time has healed that first heartwrenching pain.

We are here for you Sam, and yes, I will be lighting a candle on the 16th, here and in my home in memory of a wonderful man and in support of his beloved Sam.

Richard Taylor
Husband and Gentleman
Ar dhéis Dé a anamh dhilís.

Posted at 9th Dec 2008 - 01:13AM   Posted by Irish Eyes   Richie Comments: 11

Frances's Avatar Hello to you Irish Eyes.
Now you really do have me crying.
Would you want to join Camilla and me on the owl post?

Posted by: Frances on 9th Dec 2008 at 01:23AM

Irish Eyes's Avatar Wd luv 2, how do I fly there?

Posted by: Irish Eyes on 9th Dec 2008 at 01:31AM

Frances's Avatar You just leave a message in the post just below. If you cannot sleep, etc.

Posted by: Frances on 9th Dec 2008 at 01:47AM

Camilla's Avatar Hello Irish Eyes,

I too was deeply saddened by Richard's passing, and was so upset to know that Sam had lost her loved one.

I too will be lighting the candle for Richard and Sam and for all others that are going through so much pain at the moment.


Posted by: Camilla on 9th Dec 2008 at 01:55AM

Blossomcottage's Avatar Linked Image
Blossom xxx

Posted by: Blossomcottage on 9th Dec 2008 at 07:21AM

Angel's Avatar That is really beautiful Irish Eyes

You have set me off again. How terribly sad. Dear Sam-all I keep thinking is what she must be going through.

warm wishes

Posted by: Angel on 9th Dec 2008 at 08:30AM

Westerwitch's Avatar Hugs from me too. It is difficult news to hear and I am so glad you rang Sam.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 9th Dec 2008 at 10:14AM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar very well put Irish eyes.

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 9th Dec 2008 at 10:20AM

Withy Brook's Avatar Beautifully put, Irish Eyes - you set me off again too.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 9th Dec 2008 at 10:56AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar I am so pleased you were able to talk to Sam - you of all people will have been a huge comfort, I know.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 9th Dec 2008 at 02:53PM

Cait's Avatar Lovely words IE.

Posted by: Cait on 9th Dec 2008 at 04:01PM

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