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Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:18 am
by sharon.e
Dear friends,
With tears in my eyes and deep pain in my heart I am writing you that Arlene has passed away tonight in Los Angeles (local afternoon of March 13).

She wasn't very well recently, but she kept her famous spirits up.
In his email her son wrote "Coincidentally or not, I happen to be playing Leonard Cohen's Live in London on my iPhone and put it on the bed next to her throughout the afternoon. " --I am not surprised at all and find it somewhat comforting.

I was very fortunate to have had her as a close and special friend, even if half the world away and I am thankful to this forum for being the place where I met her.
She truly was a unique and remarkable lady.
I know many of us share this sentiment.

I am at loss of better words right now and may share more later.
I would like to conclude with traditional words from a daily Jewish prayer also cited in funeral services:

עוֹשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם בִּמְרוֹמָיו
הוּא יַעֲשֶׂה שָׁלוֹם עָלֵינוּ
וְעַל כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל
וְעַל כָּל יוֹשְׁבֵי תֵּבֵל
וְאִמְרוּ אָמֵן
"He who makes peace in high places, he will bring peace to us and to all of Israel and the entire world, and let us say Amen."

--Sharon

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:31 am
by Inna
This is terrible news. Arlene was a very special forum member. Though we have never met personally, our paths crossed here on the forum more than once and she was always kind and generous. Her love for our man was genuine. Her enthusiasm and her smile were contagious. My heart goes to her loved ones. May she rest in peace. I join in the prayer you wrote Sharon, and thank you for letting us know.

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:35 am
by B4real
Oh Sharon,
I had a sinking feeling about Arlene’s health over the last few months. I am so upset by this and my deepest sympathy goes out to her son Leonard and family.

It was Arlene who gave me the courage to make public here on the forum my own close escape with death some years ago.
Life is so fragile; and we never realize how true that is until you are faced personally with this fact.

I am truly at a loss for words .....

"Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow"
~~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:37 am
by Maulwurf
Arlene Dick z''l

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:38 am
by Mabeanie1
I am so sad - and in that bitter-sweet way, quite relieved - to hear this news. I had been pretty friendly with Arlene for a while and we became particularly close over the past couple of years as a sort of mutual support system through our various medical trials and tribulations. Only a few short weeks ago she was hoping to get to the Atlanta and Memphis shows but alas it was not to be. I last heard from her just over a week ago when she sent me a "goodbye" e-mail and I felt then that it would not be long before we heard this news.

Arlene was not always easy to be around but she was the bravest and pluckiest person I have ever met. Whenever I am remotely tempted to think something is too hard, I will always remember her example to us all.

Wendy

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:16 pm
by musicmania
So so saddened to hear this. Arlene was an incredible lady and always ready to support and advise us. My thoughts are with her son Leonard and family at this sad time. Like Bev I am also at a loss for words right now. Rest In Peace Arlene, we will never forget you. Thank you Sharon for letting us know.

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:20 pm
by Geoffrey
rest in peace, dear arlene. was good to have contact with you, and share the gift of your enthusiasm. you will long be remembered.

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:27 pm
by joyezekiel
Arlene was indeed a unique lady and she will be missed. I am just happy that she had so many wonderful memories to sustain her through her final days.

Joy

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:30 pm
by AlanM
I too wish to express my sadness at this news.
She was my "guardian angel" as I uploaded my first videos of Leonard Cohen, guiding me through (and past) all the pitfalls.
We exchanged many emails on many topics and I will miss her on so many levels.
Like a lot of the Forum family I never met her, but I feel proud to consider her as a friend.
My sympathy goes out to her family, who I know she loved dearly and of whom she was extremely proud.
G-d Bless You Arlene Dick.

Alan

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:32 pm
by somewhat_nifty
I am truly saddened to hear this. Arlene was an amazing forum member and a great lady. I never managed to meet her in person, but she was always enthusiastic and funny in our online interactions. My heart goes out to her family and friends. Rest in peace, Arlene.

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:35 pm
by jarkko
Image
Arlene in Ghent in 2010. Photo by Eija.

We heard the sad news from Sharon in phone.
Arlene was a very special lady in our little community,
and she was also loved by Leonard and the band.

We are grateful that we had the chance to know Arlene,
and will always remember her and her mysterious smile!

Our deepest condolences to Arlene's family.

Eija & Jarkko

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:37 pm
by Diane
How sad. I didn't know Arlene but had of course noticed her many enthusiastic posts on the forum. It's hard to square them with someone who was ailing. My condolences to her family and friends.

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:53 pm
by friscogrl
That is a wonderful photo of Arlene Jarkko. She Loved Leonard, his music and words and this little community that celebrates this. She was indeed one of a kind. She had more chutzpah than anyone else I know. We spent a few days in Gothenberg together after the 2010 event. After two weeks abroad I ready to go home but not Arlene. She went on to attend two concerts in Ghent and one in Berlin by herself while getting around with two canes.She could be challenging at times and opionated but she would listen to what you would say and at times come back later and say "I was thinking about what you said"

Arlene was unique and passionate and she contributed greatly to this forum. She will be missed. My thoughts are with her son Leonard and his family and her friends at this difficult time.

Goodbye Arlene,

Marsha

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:21 pm
by basecamp
I am so sad. During the last tour Arlene and I changed many messages because she wanted to know everything about Leonard's tour in Europe 2012. She was such a sweet and lovely lady. I will truly miss her!
My deepest condolences to Arlene's family and friends.
- Hans

Re: Sad news: Arlene Dick has passed away

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:07 pm
by John Etherington
R.I.P. Arlene. I don't think we ever met, but I felt she was a true friend from her kind comments about my posts. I will miss her presence here, as will many others.