Friday, February 03, 2012


Charlie Callahan R.I.P.

He loved English country cottages and when I posted one on my blog he asked permission to reproduce it so I sent him a calendar full of them.  For a long time now Charlie has not been expected to survive and I’m convinced he hung on because he couldn’t bear to leave his wife Martha alone.  I hope she may take comfort – as many of us do – from the Inuit belief that he is up there in the starry sky.

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both knew Charlie better than I and have written heartfelt eulogies about him.  Do read them.
I take comfort from his hand writing in the book he sent; something tangible like a touch stone.

13 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

It's a sad time. I do miss him, and I really feel for Martha :(

Scarlet Blue said...

Sxxx

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I didn't know him but I went to the two links you gave and then went to a link on one of your links----Now, I wish I had known him. And was very touched by what he wrote to his wife. He certainly was a vital living presence in a HUGE way...
Thanks for writing about your friend Charlie, Pat....I wish him well, too....RIP.

Pat said...

Kim: how does one cope?

Scarlet: I hope you are getting a lot of work done:)

Naomi: I'm glad you discovered him. Hopefully his writing will be around for a long time.

Kim Ayres said...

Truthfully, Pat, I have no idea at all

savannah said...

xoxoxox he is missed by us all, sugar. *sigh* i take comfort in the fact that we did get a chance to "know" him via his blog. xoxox

Pat said...

Savannah and Kim: he still feels very much around.

Ponita in Real Life said...

Losing a spouse... for any reason... is very traumatic. Been there myself. Time is surreal, the pain all to real. But time lessens the hurt and enhances the loving memories. Charlie will be missed by all who 'met' him... but especially by Martha.

Pat said...

Ponita: I hope she has plenty of support.

Granny Annie said...

Your tribute and those of the other two bloggers make me wish I had known Charlie.

Pat said...

Granny Annie: I wish you had too.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

what a beautiful and loving tribute, pat - while i did not know him the way others here did, it is obvious that his life touched many in such caring ways - and hopefully that is of comfort to his loving spouse -

Pat said...

Gypsywoman: he has left a hole which is difficult to describe.