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jbuck919
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Sad personal news

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:12 pm

I don't often see messages related to personal bereavement here, but I wanted my CMG friends to know that my father, Jean-Baptiste Brosseau, universally known by his nickname Bucky, passed away this morning at a hospice near his home in Ruskin, Florida. He was 89. The cause was an inoperable malignant tumor of the brain stem. The deterioration was quick, only a matter of a couple of weeks, and he died peacefully, without pain or suffering.

As many of you know, my semi-jocular designation as "military band expert" is owing to him. As is, indeed, my ability to read music.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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Re: Sad personal news

Post by jserraglio » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:49 pm

Very sad to learn of your loss, John.

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Re: Sad personal news

Post by Belle » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:20 pm

Sincere sympathy for your loss, John. I'd say it was life well lived from what you've written about your father in the past. And it was a merciful escape from that dreadful cancer. I'm intrigued by your father's French name.

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Post by diegobueno » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:34 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss, John.


Jean-Baptiste! With a name like that he should have specialized in Baroque music.

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Re: Sad personal news

Post by lennygoran » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:47 pm

jbuck919 wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:12 pm
I don't often see messages related to personal bereavement here, but I wanted my CMG friends to know that my father, Jean-Baptiste Brosseau, universally known by his nickname Bucky, passed away this morning at a hospice near his home in Ruskin, Florida. He was 89.
John so sorry to hear this-sincere condolences from Sue and myself. Regards, Len :(

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Re: Sad personal news

Post by jbuck919 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:00 pm

Belle wrote:
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:20 pm
Sincere sympathy for your loss, John. I'd say it was life well lived from what you've written about your father in the past. And it was a merciful escape from that dreadful cancer. I'm intrigued by your father's French name.
For some strange reason, my eighth-grade-educated grandfather, who like my father spoke not a word of French (that ability was lost when my great-grandparents whom I never knew died), thought it would be cool to give my father a French name. His own name was Harrison (Harry), and in general the family disowned its Québecois heritage because at the time, believe it or not, immigrants and first generation from Québec to the northeast US were subjected to considerable prejudice. Hence, I suppose, Bucky.

Thank you all for your expressions of sympathy.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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Re: Sad personal news

Post by Ricordanza » Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:49 am

John, I'm very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you. Hank M.

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Re: Sad personal news

Post by RebLem » Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:51 pm

I never know what to say at times like this to comfort people. That's why I so often avoid the issue altogether. But I want you to know that my thoughts and sympathies are with you. I find the best way to get through it is to wallow in it. Don't try to escape it, just descend into a deep funk and listen to a good Mahler Ninth. After you have done that, and listened to other pieces of funereal music for a few days, you'll say, "This is ridiculous!" and resolve to go on.
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Re: Sad personal news

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:04 pm

RebLem wrote:
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:51 pm
I never know what to say at times like this to comfort people. That's why I so often avoid the issue altogether. But I want you to know that my thoughts and sympathies are with you. I find the best way to get through it is to wallow in it. Don't try to escape it, just descend into a deep funk and listen to a good Mahler Ninth. After you have done that, and listened to other pieces of funereal music for a few days, you'll say, "This is ridiculous!" and resolve to go on.
Thank you Rob. Only you and I among our members have incorporated our late fathers into our posting here. Oddly enough, I am dealing with it dispassionately. My only moment of breaking down was when I informed my sister, with whom I am very close, of the diagnosis. She is a nurse and I'm a smart guy and it was obvious that it was only a matter of days when we had had no preparation. She has been a basket case for the last week, as have been my father's two siblings and his wife, but for some reason, and it is not because I am an unemotional person (I am frequently moved to tears by music), I am steadfast through all this. Go figure.

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
-- Johann Sebastian Bach

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