My fellow travellers. My friend, Paul Casper Barone passed away during the night, while in the arms of his wife and brothers and sisters. May his God keep and protect him. His family has long known that he traveled vicariously through my eyes, often describing places from memory of our talks. They were completely amazed at the content and loving comments he received from VT members from around the world, and they have decided that your comments will be shared at the memorial service, with all who attend. I will read them, injecting humor and patter, to help to celebrate his life rather than mourn his death. I cannot express enough how much your comments meant to him. His sister read them all to him, while he was still coherent. He was positively beaming while listening to y'all. Thank you all for your participation. You are appreciated. Much respect.
Fly Free Paul...new adventures await you
I'm sad that you've lost your friend, Erik, but wow, what a lovely way to go. I'm glad that we were able to help ease his passing, and it's such a nice feeling to know that we'll be part of his memorial service. Sending courage and comfort to you and Paul's family.
Paul is so lucky to have a friend like you, Erik. I'm glad he went surrounded by love.
Erik- He was indeed lucky to have a friend like to make his final days more relaxed. May peace guide your path.
I'm sorry to hear of your sad news Erik. It sounds like you were both lucky, to have known each other. ((( )))
Paul just began the best travel of us all; RIP.
Flying into the light... He was a wealthy and very fortunate man to have had the love of family and a friend such as you. My condolences on the loss of what must have been a rare soul to inspire such loyalty and affection. Now you need to get some sleep, OK?
Oh that is so sad Erik. But it sounds like he has left some wonderful memories behind. Cherish those memeries mate. Love, Ann.
Don't know if he's going to a better place Erik, but he's taking along a lot of fond memories of good friends, so can't be bad can it ? RIP Paul.
Erik, thanks for letting us know,Paul and his family know what a wonderful friend you were to him..I am so happy that the VT community have helped him and his family during his journey from this earth. Big hugs coming your way, Dorrise ((()))
Prayers and best of thoughts to Paul, his family, and to you, my friend.
from what you related to us, he is truly at Peace now and in the arms of his Loving God and Saviour!! The Angels Sing!
My friends. Thank you one and all. At this moment, your comments are of tremendous help to Paul's wife and sons. They are just floored at what y'all have expressed. His sisters love every comment and they want to thank you one and all for your kindness and generosity. I never had any doubt. I knew that your thoughts would be a blessing, not just for Paul, but for his family as well. Due to having been through this ordeal for a while, the notion today is a kind of relief as he is no longer suffering, so now the athmosphere is one of meriment and memories and laughter and celebration of his life. As I write this, the family is out on the patio, sharing the comments from VT members, injecting stories and memories and such. It is a truly beautiful thing. ....but now dear friends, it is time to turn this over to Dorrise and her dear husband, King Rex. If Dorrise gets half of the love I have received for Paul from you all, - it will be a tremendous blessing to them both. I have no doubt that your love and generosity will be a big part of Rex's inevitable upcoming journey. (I know, - you are already there.......d:o) May your gods keep and protect you.
Yep, we've got Dory covered. Silly Erik. You're missing all the fun on the patio, ya big goof. Log out, go get yourself a large glass of red and go join the conversation, will ya please? We aren't going anywhere - you can talk to us later.
Erik, I wasn't active on the original post as I thought a lot about it and didn't really know what to say. I have just re-read it and it contains some very incredible contributions. I would offer this as proof, were any further needed, of the very positive aspects of VT. This is indeed a very remarkable site in many ways. That your late friend and his family who remain have derived some measure of comfort from the members here is indeed a very humbling and touching thought. I am not myself a religious man so I will not offer anything of that nature, others have done so very eloquently and sincerely already but, as we say where I am from, rest easy Paul. I am glad he died in the bosom of his family, that at least is something to derive comfort from. As for yourself, the way you have spoken about him indicates how close you were, indeed still are, and I hope you are getting through this as best you can. If you want to talk privately, you know where to get me.
May he travel well in the afterlife
I agree, Fergy. New people, just joining VT, should see these posts to realize just what kind of coomunity they are joining. VT represents some of the best people anywhere.