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Alex_Kasman
Feb 21 2007
Sad News

The following message was sent out this morning by Rev. Peter Lanzillotta of the Unitarian Church:

It is with sadness and yet with some measure of release and relief, that I announce Bill Upshur's passing today. He put up a strenuous effort, it was a prolonged struggle that he nobly fought, and yet the infirmity was too much even for a strong man like Bill.

Jane has been literally his constant companion. She now needs to go home and rest. Please save your calls of condolence for a few days--I know that she will appreciate hearing from you after that time. I will speak with her when she has recuperated her energies, and I will convey to our community what plans have been made and when services will be held at the church.

Peter

Larry_Carter_Center
Feb 27 2007
imagining what Bill might have said

Fighting for life & resisting death are two efforts requiring a delicate balance.

I suspect that if Bill could give us a retrospect, he'd say that he needed to fine tune the chemotherapy dosage.

I for one will fight on. I will resist the notion that death has much relief in store. I will remember to take my vitamins, eat healthy & drink clean water & work for cleaner air.

Grief reminds us of preventable loss. I treasure my memories of Bill.

He was my first new friend in Charleston when I moved here. My first Saturday was an hour picking up debris along the Secular Humanist Roadway sponsored. My first Saturday was spent looking up to a man taller than me & wiser in years.

I'm much richer remembering Bill & hearing echoes of his voice in my head. Let's fine tune the balance between space for private mourning & "rage against the dying of the light." I see a sweet southern voice that can be resounding in others. Fight on playfully as Bill did.

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