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Howie's (Hector) Memorial in San Francisco

The memorial for Howie was held yesterday at Fort Mason in San Francisco and his ashes were scattered in the Bay with a regatta of sailboats racing offshore - just as Howie planned. The memorial was sad but also had some funny moments and the love in that room was palpable. I knew Howie through my illness but there were other people who knew him long before he ever became ill with Hep C - people who lived through all his triumphs and travails in a way that we never were - including his lovely sister, Donna and her husband, Frank. Howie was such an interesting man - a hippie bass player who snuck out to Woodstock, a conscientious objector to the Viet Nam War, a funny, intelligent and always giving person, an attribute that served his friends here and anyone who he touched on his own long struggle to beat the disease, cancer and transplant. I have taken some photos that I will post on my page. To read Howie's obituary, go to the San Francisco Chronicle and look up Howard (Howie) Crawford. Thank you to everyone who sent cards for the family. Donna was just overcome with emotion when I handed her the big stack of cards and she thanked me again and again for bringing them to the memorial
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6708370 tn?1471490210
Photos of Howie & friends on my profile page!
6708370 tn?1471490210
apologies for the pots that are upside down or sideways. I don't know how to edit them
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Thank you for going to the service and for sharing condolences for Howie's medhelp friends.
6708370 tn?1471490210
POSTS, not pots
although it would be funny if there photos of pots on my profile
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Hee hee ;-)
7469840 tn?1409845836
Thank you so much for taking the cards, that was a wonderful thing to do on behalf of our group here.
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Thank you HepCnMe, I really appreciate so much!!  You are so nice to have done all of this. Thank you, Dee
7469840 tn?1409845836
I got the nicest package from Howie's sister Donna, a touching thank you letter and a copy if the Memorial Service program. Unexpected, but very moving. Thank you Linda for taking our cards to the service and to his family.
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I really fell in love with Donna. At one point when she was addressing the group and crying, I simply had to go put my arms around her and give her a hug. She traveled that journey with Howie and knows as much about Hep C as Heppers!
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I just found this thread, Linda, and wanted to thank you for representing us at the memorial. That was  good of you. And I appreciate reading your report about it, which was moving.

I'm sure his sister appreciated very much what you did.

So sad that HectorSF is gone.

Mike
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