A Very Sad Time

Most of you haven’t known but for over a couple of weeks, my wife Helen has been very ill and in the hospital.

It is with a very heavy heart that I am writing this blog. Unfortunately my partner and love of my life for the past 37 years will not be coming home to me. The doctors this morning had a conference with me and my son Jason and let me know that her liver was just too far gone and just was not functioning at a level high enough to get her other organs to continue working.

They had to put her in a paralytic state just to regulate her breathing. She never was aware from the moment she went into surgery 17 days ago and always insisted to me that I, if anything happened, let her go. So today July 4, 2013 we took Helen off the machines and she passed away this afternoon.

I want to thank those of you who knew for your kind prayers and wishes to me and I know Helen heard them all and appreciated them too.


(P.S. Steve here…..in memory of Helen we will not be having blogs for the next few days…..please check back early next week. Thanks)

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33 Responses to A Very Sad Time

  1. Keith Suranna says:

    I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Helen. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences. Know that you, Jason, and Helen are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you comfort and peace in this time of grief.
    Keith Suranna

  2. P. Grecian says:

    My deepest condolences. I am so sorry.

  3. Rick McKinney says:

    I’m so very sorry to hear of your lost, although we’ve never met I feel that I know you well from all you’ve done to further the art. Please remember the good times and all the great memories and all the friends you have through this venue that are keeping you in their thoughts and prayers.

    Sincerely ,
    Rick McKinney
    Medfield, MA

  4. Pearse says:

    So sorry for your loss. God bless her.

  5. Chuck lyons says:

    My condolences to Dan and his family. Having met Helen last year at the conVention she was a wonderful lady. If I can be of any help please let Dan know. He and his wife will be in my prayers this evening.

  6. John Parisi says:

    So sorry for your loss Dan, I don’t know what I would do without Andrea so I can imagine how you feel right now.

  7. Phil Nichols says:

    So very very sorry Dan.

  8. Tom Farrell says:


    So very sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. At a time like this, mere words
    can not express the loss that you must feel. You and your family are in our
    hearts and prayers.

    Tom and Donna Farrell

  9. Doug Morrison says:

    So sorry for your loss, you have my sympathy.

  10. Ony Carcamo says:

    My condolences, Dan. Prayers to you and your whole family…

  11. Donald woodford says:

    Hope it helps to know that others are with you in thought and sympathy.

  12. Kenny Croes says:

    So, so very sorry, Dan. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

  13. maria kapiris says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss Dan. Condolences to yourself and your family.

  14. Gary Willner says:

    Sorry to hear this news Dan. I wish you and your
    family an easy time as you adjust to this most
    profound loss.

  15. Dan. So sorry to hear the terrible news. I know how awful it is to lose someone so close to although you although I can’t know what you are going through. My sympathies and prayers are with you.

  16. Steve and JET at The Dummy Shoppe says:

    It seems like just yesterday when we first met you Dan. You were the first person we ever met at VHC and we have come to think of you as a brother. Together with Helen, the four of us bonded into a lifetime friendship.

    Now some seven years later it is with heavy hearts that we first heard the news of Helen’s homegoing. JET and I wish you the peace that passes understanding in this time of sorrow. How fortunate we were last year to get to see Helen again at VHC and to share in more memories and laughter. How proud Helen was to be there and see you get your wonderful award last year.

    Our heartfelt sympathy is with you in this hour of sadness. We both had grown to love both of you dearly.

    Steve and JET at The Dummy Shoppe

  17. Cleve Odom says:

    So sorry for you loss our prayers are with you and your family.

  18. Al Stevens says:

    Dan, my thoughts are with you today. I met Helen at a convention and enjoyed her company for that brief time. She was a fine woman, and you are lucky to have shared so many years and so much love with her.

  19. Laura Bradley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will say a prayer for you and your family tonight.

  20. Paul says:

    My deepest condolences at your loss. I pray for strength and acceptance. And may your memories of the past give you encouragement for tomorrow.

  21. Alan Ende says:

    Dan,,,So sorry to hear of your loss, condolences and prayers sent.

  22. Shawn says:

    My heart is so very broken for you. I am praying for you and the rest of your family. May God give you some peace and comfort now.

    So very sorry for your loss.

  23. Dave Showler says:

    So very sorry to read of your loss.

  24. Bill Nelson says:

    Dear Dan,
    My prayer for you today is that the sadness and grief fade into the mists of time, only to be replaced with happy memories of your sweet Helen.
    As many have said before, there is an entire vent community standing shoulder to shoulder, poised to help you in any way we can.
    We can`t be with you in your grief but we can offer our heartfelt strength to see you through these sad times.
    You have been and will continue to be in my prayers.

  25. Conrad Hartz says:

    Dan, peace to you and the family members.

  26. Bill Matthews says:

    Our deepest condolences to you and Jason. Please be assured MANY prayers are being raised for you as you go through this. as the song goes, “You’ll never walk alone.”
    The Matthews Family

  27. Les Lamborn says:

    Our condolences to Dan and his family. Our prayers continue for strength and comfort during the coming days. May you have many great memories Of Helen!
    God Bless Willingers
    Les & Sharon

  28. Rick Jenkins says:

    I cannot express to you any words that will make this easier, but please know that my family is praying for yours. We will ask for comfort in sorrow and hope that one day the pains of today will give way to joyous memories.

  29. LeeDean says:

    I am very sorry for you all.

  30. Mike Brose says:

    Just letting you know our thoughts are with you, your family and Helen’s family. Having come so close to losing my own wife recently, I have an inkling of what you must be going through, but honestly, can’t fully imagine the loss. Words just won’t express what we feel, but know that we are thinking about you.

    Mike and Cathy Brose

  31. Craig says:

    My Thoughts and Prayers to you and your Family Dan, Stay Strong..

  32. James J Strejcek AKA Jimmy Jay says:

    Dan Sorry for your loss my prayers for you and Jason and your family

  33. Emmitt Grant says:

    What a great day to go home to The Lord but on Independence Day , the day of our freedom, she now has has her Independence Day by becoming hold in Gods light, no mort pain, My God lay his hand on your should , and show you his beauty and love of himself in the days to come, the more study the words of God Bible, you’ll learn that Helen life’s within your heart and walks With you each day.

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