Rest in Peace, Jacques

November 20, 2010 at 9:33 pm (By Randy)

I thought friends who visit here but not Twitter ought to know that late last night Annie relayed sad news:

J. died at 10:48 PM tonight. Pretty peacefully. Thanks to all who have sent thoughts and prayers.

As Theo said this morning:

Please know that you and J are in our thoughts and prayers. I think you’ve taught us all something about caring, love and devotion.


  1. A said,

    Thank you, Randy. Love to Annie and godspeed, Jacques.

  2. Peter Hoh said,

    My condolences.

  3. michael reynolds said,

    A great life. A great love affair. A great story.

  4. Rod said,

    My heart goes out to you.

  5. reakpc said,

    Very sorry to hear it Amba. You did an amazing wonderful job of taking care of him.

  6. wj said,

    Please accept my condolences. And hopes and assurances from personal experience that, unlikely as it must feel now, over time dealing with it will become easier.

  7. K said,

    I’m just a longtime lurker, but…what Theo said. I wish you well, Amba.

  8. Sippican Cottage said,

    Rest in peace.

  9. jaerae said,

    Amba, I’ve followed your blog for a long time but never commented before. I’m so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing such an amazing life with us.

    Rest in peace, Jacques.

  10. Bill Rogers said,

    Poem: “When Death Comes,” by Mary Oliver, from New and Selected Poems (Beacon Press).

    When Death Comes

    When death comes
    like the hungry bear in autumn;
    when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

    to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
    when death comes
    like the measles-pox;

    when death comes
    like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

    I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
    what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

    And therefore I look upon everything
    as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
    and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
    and I consider eternity as another possibility,

    and I think of each life as a flower, as common
    as a field daisy, and as singular,

    and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
    tending, as all music does, toward silence,

    and each body a lion of courage, and something
    precious to the earth.

    When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
    I was a bride married to amazement.
    I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

    When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
    if I have made of my life something particular, and real.
    I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
    or full of argument.

    I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

  11. karen said,

    The best thing about the bouquets, amba– they are ever-lasting. You’ll definitely meet up again.

    I wish i could give you a hug– tech is crap when it comes to that. Love.

  12. karen said,

    … and the ~Love~ should have been on it’s own line, in hindsight. I was sending love– tech is ok there– it just really lacks w/the physical stuff.


  13. CGHill said,

    A man I will miss, though he was a man I never knew.

    I do hope his eternal rest is blessed with memories that once slipped away.

  14. RLC said,

    A giant is gone, and not gone. God bless Jacques, and God bless you, Annie, for teaching us so much. It’s heart-lifting to know that you will keep doing so.

  15. Callimachus said,

    All the thoughts I have now can’t help but take the form of words and passages I’ve learned from reading this site.

    remember me
    Entire and balanced when I was younger,
    And could lift stones, and comprehend in the praises the cruelties
    of life.

  16. Stephanie said,

    So sorry, Amba.

  17. Laura Miller said,

    We are so sorry for your loss.
    Chip and Laura

  18. said,

    Great post however I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Many thanks!

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