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Help during a difficult time

Dear Editor:

Please accept our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the family of the late Tim O’Connor. Earlier this month, we spent an unplanned weekend among you taking care of Tim’s affairs.

Our task was grueling and sad, and would have been completely overwhelming had it not been for the simple human kindness which was shown to us by your communities. As we worked through our awful tasks and vacillated between grief and grim determination, we were soothed and strengthened by the people of your communities.

Paul McKinnie swooped in the instant we stepped off the CME and not only took us to the police station, but stayed with us until we were settled, then later helped us with logistics and shipping.

The members of the Basalt Police Department were amazingly compassionate and kind ” going above and beyond the call of duty to help us, hug us as needed and, in general, try to make a traumatic event somewhat less so.

In particular, Roderick O’Connor and George Dow were heroic.

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We’re not sure we can even find the words to explain how amazing and caring Mary and Cliff Fewel were to us. Their assistance and heartfelt help were/are unparalleled, and we are sure Mary is an angel in disguise, or maybe not disguised after all.

The people at the CARE animal shelter helped us with the terribly sad task of finding a new home for one of Tim’s beloved cats, and their kindness, plus the clean, bright and cheery shelter went a long way toward easing our pain.

The people at the Glenwood Subaru/ Nissan surprised us by allowing us to turn in a leased Nissan with no red tape, and then generously offering us a courtesy shuttle to the Denver airport. Thanks ” we were at a loss to figure out how to get there traveling with the other cat. And thanks, too, to John who drove us and made the trip so interesting and so much more pleasant than our arrival.

Huge thanks to Warwick of Frying Pan Anglers, who helped us with logistics, was a friend to Tim and a friend to us that weekend.

Thanks to Rufus and your tenant, who made our impromptu yard sale easier, thanks to the people at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home and thanks to the owners of Berthod Motors who made a car key for us when we despaired of finding one. Thanks to Brad of Replay Sports for meeting us late on a Saturday evening. The business owners, Green Drake owners, and restaurant folks we encountered were unfailingly compassionate, and we thank you too.

As difficult as our weekend was, we were buoyed by the kindness we received, and we thank you.

Mysie Prentice and Lisa Loomis

Waitsfield, Vt.

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