Monday, April 1, 2013

Stop all the clocks

My best friend died early Easter morning. I had known him since I was 16 years old. I actually met my husband through him, when we were all 19. He leaves a wife, three children, three grandchildren, two brothers and four sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins, and more friends than anyone could hope to have in this world.

Warren Mason, Jr. was an executive in the casino business, who rose quickly in the ranks from a dealer all the way up to a VP. He was a man who cherished family and friendship, a man whose morals were high, and he was the man I loved like a brother. His social skills had a lot to do with his great success.



Biloxi 2010

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.
~ W.H. Auden

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March 11, 2013

He was our North, our South, our East, and our West.


Please excuse me for not having much to say here. Springtime is upon us and although I know I should be happy, I am just not. But this, too, will pass.

Kate Young

65 comments:

Linda said...

Hugs.

JC said...

Thinking of you during this sad time.

xo,
JC

Sharon said...

I am assuming this was very sudden, Kate. My heart goes out to you and Warrens family. I'm sure he will be deeply missed.

((thinking of you))

Michelle said...

I haven't had to go through that yet, so I can only imagine . . . . :-(

Country Gal said...
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Country Gal said...

I am so sorry for yours and the Mason's family loss .

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

I'm very sorry, Kate. My sympathies to his family and to you.

Lisa Gordon said...

I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear friend, Kate.

Yvonne said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers for all who loved him.

Beth said...

I'm so very sorry for this and all of your recent loss and sadness. This is surely the most difficult part of love. All we can do is keep going and find a way to get through it.

Kerri said...

Oh Kate.... I am so very sorry. Thinking of you!

Cloudia said...

So sorry for your very evident loss. Your spare post is a worthy tribute, I feel I met and miss the man of aloha; your true friend. I know how that feels, and send you my sincerest and warmest love.

Bless your Ohana (extended family)



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral
<3

beth said...

you know i'm thinking of you....and all of warren's loved ones.

how blessed you all were to know the love of such a wonderful man......xo

missing moments said...

Thinking of you .... How so very fortunate that you had such a friend. That type is so very rare. My warmest condolences to you and Warren's family.

JaneK said...

Oh Kate, I am so sorry. It is such an honor and blessings to have friends like that but it sure leaves a giant hole when they are gone.

Hilary said...

Oh Kate.. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your dear friend has left a lot of loved ones behind. Wishing you strength. Hugs.

Deltaville Jamie said...

So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and all those who loved him

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I'm so sorry for this loss to you and his family. Those Funeral Blues words are just THE best I have ever read. xox

Deb Colarossi said...

So so very sorry to hear this. Sending love .

Ellen said...

So sorry to hear about your friend. Hugs and love.

Nancy said...

I am so sorry for your loss....Good friends like him are truly a gift.....

Sabrina said...

I'm truly sorry for your loss, Kate; I will keep you and Warren's family in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs to you ~

TSannie said...

My sympathy, love and many hugs. So very sorry for your and his family's loss.

Nellie said...

Please accept my sympathies at your loss, Kate.

Hugs,
Nellie

Debbie From Illinois said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend.

Low Tide High Style said...

I wish there was something I could say to make it better...thinking of you!

Kat

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Kate, I am so sorry for your loss.

shirley said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Condolences to you, your husband and the others who are impacted by your dear friend's passing.

mrs mediocrity said...

I am so sorry. Sometimes there are no words, I am sending hugs to you.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I am so very sorry...hugs to you.

Jen

Gayle said...

I am so sorry...

Cindy said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your good dear friend.

Caroline said...

Oh my lord...I am so very sorry Kate. Xoxo

jgrimsley said...

My sympathies. Many prayers of peace for you and your friend's family.

Em Parkinson said...

My thoughts are with you and everyone you love. x

Annie said...

Thinking of you, and prayers for all, Kate.

thotlady said...

I am so very sorry.

Hilary said...

I am so sorry, Kate. sometimes, someone leaves us, and the world is never quite the same.
what a tribute, though, eh? that their presence was so huge.

WPgirl said...

((HUG)). You're in my thoughts and prayers Kate.
Lynda in Michigan.

Jeanne Walker said...

Prayers for Warren's family and friends, especially you and Andrew!

Jeanne Walker said...

Praying for Warren's family and friends, especially you and your husband.

Daryl said...

BIG hugs

Donna Boucher said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.
May you find comfort one day in your beautiful memories.

thecatalanway said...

Really sorry Kate! There's no more to say but I will translate from the Spanish where we say 'Lo siento' and this means 'I feel it' and I do.
Hug!!!!

Carolynn Anctil said...

Oh, Kate. I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in this dark time.

Blessings, my friend.

Carolynn
A Glowing Ember

Ramona JapaneseRedneck said...

I'm so sorry for ya'll.

DesertHen said...

May you find peace and comfort in your many memories of this wonderful man who touched your life! Hugs!

Anonymous said...

So sorry for your loss. Hanny.

Deborah said...

So sorry for your loss. Nothing like cherished old friends.

I do understand, why you can't find your happy right now. But like you say - you will. Take care and give yourself time to mourn and heal. All the best...

Kay said...

Very sorry for the loss of your dear friend. May his family find peace to carry on.

Bluebird49 said...

Oh my, Kate! When I saw the title of your post, I thought of the Auden poem right away, and I knew someone had died. I can't tell you how sorry I am you have lost such a good, old friend---those kinds of friends who mean the world to us, who can't be replaced by anyone or anything.
This has been a really tough year for you and your family, as if things are not already tough enough....I just hope better things are in store, honey. I really do! That thing about 'life not being fair' sure is true, isn't it. :(

Christie - Fine Lines said...

LOSS is just so darn hard. I'm sure sorry for yours.

spindrift,maine said...

So sorry, my friend. My heart goes out to you. xo

Donna S. said...

Ah, so so sorry Kate!! I know that you know how lucky you are to have had such a friend. Cherish those memories, girlfriend

Devon said...

Such sad news, I wish there were words to offer peace. Just sending love and prayers of comfort to you.

maccandace said...

Very sorry, Kate.

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Lori said...

I've experienced great loss in Spring also. Praying the newness in nature will help heal your heart in time.

Mental P Mama said...

I have no words. Love you.

Karen said...

Though the voice is silent... the spirit echos still ~


:-(

Egghead said...

I am so so sorry for the loss of your good friend. I know it is a difficult time and all I can offer is my heart to you and what I know you are feeling. Hugs Kate!! I hope you are taking care of you and your heart.

Mary said...

Oh, Kate! Words are so totally inadequate. I hope you can feel all the thoughts and prayers being sent your way. xoxo

GailO said...

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Hugs to you and your husband