[saymaListserv] Hibbard Thatcher
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Wed Aug 9 08:29:49 JEST 2006
Forwarded from Nashville
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2006
> Dear Friends:
> Ruby, Alan and Jonathan Thatcher here, writing from Nashville. Hibbard
> Thatcher passed away on Saturday night, August 5th. He had taken a
> turn for the worse early in the week, developed pneumonia and
> apparently had a small stroke. His last days and hours were easy, and
> his last communication, on Wednesday, was blowing a kiss to Ruby.
> In accordance with Hibbard’s wishes, there will be no funeral, but we
> are beginning to plan a memorial service. We are just realizing the
> magnitude of such an event and how many people will want to come,
> taking into account the Nashville Friends Meeting, Nashville Country
> Dancers, Sacred Harp singers, and many others. It will take some time
> to arrange, and to coordinate schedules, so we are looking at a
> tentative date of September 10th for the service. We will let you know
> more as soon as the date and place are fixed.
> As you probably know, Hibbard had made a partial recovery from the very
> damaging pneumonia and staph infection he had in January. Over the
> last few months he struggled to regain his strength, and through heroic
> efforts and determination, he made a lot of progress. But ultimately
> it seems his body had too much lasting damage for him to survive.
> During these last several months we got to see Hibbard at his best.
> Nurses and aides at the medical facilities kept talking about what a
> wonderful patient he was and as one social worker commented, coming out
> of an interview with him, ‘What an interesting man!’
> Family and many friends were able to spend time with Hibbard at St
> Thomas, at Select Specialty Hospital, at Stallworth Rehab Center, and
> at NHC, during this long medical odyssey. During these visits he was
> often very llively and voluble, and I know many of you had wonderful
> conversations with him, as we did. And Hibbard especially appreciated
> those who came and shared their voices and music with him.
> We would invite you to write down any memories or stories of Hibbard,
> recent or otherwise, to share at the memorial service. Or, of course,
> we’d be happy to hear them now if you’d like to email them to us.
> Thank you all for your support and love for Hibbard. Please continue
> to hold him in your hearts, and, as the Quakers say, in the light.
> Ruby, Alan and Jonathan Thatcher
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