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mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Jun 1, 2012 - 05:08pm PT
Anastasia, my condolence for the loss of your father, who is one of a kind.
God may be inscrutable, but She is better that way! You are fortunate in that Costadino was such a good teacher. I wish you well in the dim days ahead, but there is always hope for Resurrection. God bless you and yours.

For those who don't know it, Anastasia~resurrection.
Odysseus~walker, even though he was a sailor like his Roman counterpart, Ulysses~full of wrath. Take a long look at what names we give to those we will be loving for the rest of time. Costadino did, as "best" as I can "figure."

[Fletcher, move to the front "row" for that story.]


Trad climber
Elk Creek, Idaho
Jun 1, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
Very stirring and heartfelt eulogy, Anastasia. May memories of your parents lighten life's burdens until you lock arms with them once again.

Trad climber
Living Outside the Statist Quo
Jun 1, 2012 - 07:24pm PT
Well said Anastasia...

What a life, family is precious and our thanks for sharing just a peek into this wounderful life.

Will & Jules

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Jun 1, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Your Dad was a wonderful man, it sounds like he touched alot of lives.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 1, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
Great tribute to your father's life and memory. Comforting that he was able to die in his own home (like my mom) and away from the hospital. Hard to pull off in this day and age.

Your father drank deeply.

Andy Tomaselli

PS Equally excellent neebee original tribute. That definitely came from the heart.

Social climber
Jun 1, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
hey there say, anastasia.... oh my, after hearing his life story, i feel like crying all over again... i got to feel close to him, when i painted him, and by reflecting on the small stories i had heard you mention from the homefront...

oh my, i would wish i had known all this when i painted him, but now that i think of it--GOD KNEW...
who WOULD have ever thought that i'd PAINT the OCEAN all around him, :O
that sure WAS a match, :O
now i am really in awe of how god works, :O

and more 'in awe':
for this too--that you found someone so close to your dad, and that he and bill were so close... and adding this: god's grace in your dad's life, as he prepared to die... a gentle place to do so, after his gallant work with your mom through her health-loss into death...

i DO remember the love he had for your mother... :)
and i remember how we all prayed that he'd live to see your baby son!

wow, your dad was really SOMETHING, anastasia...

a man who knew how to be what he should be in life--and sought to make
sure that others got treated honorably, too....

it was a lot harder in the old-days that he saw, as well many of
our parent-folks know...

love and god bless to you all, at this memorial time...
i am so very glad for that soft-gentle-nudge in my heart to paint
this honorable: man, relative to his family, husband, father, father-in-law, and grampa...

i will treasure this story that you shared...

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jun 1, 2012 - 08:03pm PT
Sincere condolences to you and your family.

Anna, thank you for sharing your fathers story.


Social climber
Jun 2, 2012 - 02:27am PT
hey there say, anastasia...

not sure if this link works... from the supertopo...
it is the link of when your mom passed away...

i did not want want to bump the thread, as that is something
for you to think about only... but, what i wanted to do was this:

put the link...
the reason was, i loved seeing that picture of how much
love showed in your dad's face, as he SAT by your mom...

i thought you might like to see that, when you get back here to
read this thread, after the memorial..

here is the link:

the name of the thread is:
passing on, if you need to find it, later...

you dad's love shows like a glowing beacon, and the love of
your mom shows back to him....

it is good to know that they are together now...
love and god bless so very much...


Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Jun 2, 2012 - 02:31am PT
Miss Anna, Beautiful tribute....

Peace & love


Big Wall climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 2, 2012 - 03:33am PT
A nice soulful tribute for a daughter's Father.

I lost my own Father almost twenty years ago and rarely a day goes by that I don't appreciate his wisdom and sacrifice.
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Jun 2, 2012 - 05:52am PT
Very nice Anastasia. Sounds like he a had a colorful and full life. Condolences and may he rest in peace.

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:12am PT
Touched, moved and inspired by your Father Anastasia. Thanks.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:18am PT
I was very touched by your straight from the heart tribute to your Father.
Warmest wishes to you and your family.

Social climber
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:19am PT
What a great story !!!! Thanks for sharing it & the painting. All the best to you & your family both here and in the beyond.

Jim Henson's Basement
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:23am PT
It is a wonderful story. He had a fascinating life. Thank you so much for sharing it and I'm so sorry your dad is gone.

Give the hubby and the little guy a hug for me. Give yourself a big one while you are at it as well.


Ice climber
mercenario de merced
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:25am PT
Alot of the time when I don't know what to say, i just listen:

This has been heard more than a few times

"I don't know what happens when people die
Can't seem to grasp it as hard as I try
It's like a song I can hear playing right in my ear
That I can't sing
I can't help listening
And I can't help feeling stupid standing around
Crying as they ease you down
'cause I know that you'd rather we were dancing
Dancing our sorrow away
(right on dancing)
No matter what fate chooses to play
(there's nothing you can do about it anyway)"

Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:35am PT
Thanks, Anastasia - very moving. I hope that Aristides takes after his granddaddy, a little bit.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:39am PT
Can't talk...can barely type.


Social climber
Jun 2, 2012 - 11:45am PT
My condolences to your family.

Hard to measure up to someone of that generation; it was a different world. Don't try to. From what I read from your posts, you are certainly following in his footsteps.

Trad climber
Jun 2, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
Your dad sounds like he was a great man and a great person.
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