Friday, January 1, 2010

This picture is of Gary Therrien and his grandaughter Sarah.

At a turbulent time in 1987, the God I believe in sent me an angel named Gary. Although I wasn't looking for one conciously, he came and my life was changed forever....

He brought to me a feeling of comfort that I had never known. It didn't come quickly, but over a period of time. You see, I had my heart closed off to love. The love I had experienced and known over the years was not the love he was offering. It was foreign to me. We were, together, awkward, but his kindness and gentleness won me over and we stayed on a course that would forever bind us. One that lasted 23 years.

During that time he took me to many new places. He loved to travel and it was what his job required and what he did. He introduced me to people across this country that I can still call friends.

He brought me the gifts of laughter and comfort and a warm gentle smile that softened my sharp rough manner and opened my heart to many truths about life and people. He taught me many lessons and gave me encouragement and freedom to pursue dreams that he did not understand but nevertheless, appreciated. There were more gifts, loving children and grandchildren and thousands of beautiful memories with them.

On Monday, December 28, 2009, the God that I believe in took his life from his body quickly, without time for sappy drama. I know that I am not the only one feeling pain with this loss, and my heart also aches for all those who knew and loved him.

My earth angel Gary is now my guardian angel ,and will always be with me, just traveling on the wings of a Harley and working from a new location. He always loved to travel. It was God's assignment, not mine.


  1. Dearest Peggy, What a beautiful legacy Gary leaves behind, in you and your family, and in everyone who carries his memory in their hearts. Although I never met him, you spoke of him often, and always with a light in your eyes that made me wish I knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and your personal story.

  2. Dear Peggy - your tribute to Gary is beautiful. My heart aches for you and your family over his loss. Know that your Stampassion family is with you. We'll do everything we can to help you through this and over to the other side; where all those warm memories can overtake the pain. Take care of yourself!

    Love, Melissa

  3. Dear Peggy, What beautiful memories and words you have for your Gary. I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. The love you have had and the warm memories will keep him alive within you always. He sounds like a wonderful Guardian Angel.

    Helen Boscherini

  4. My dearest Peggy! I am overwhelmed with emotion and you were right; your tribute, here, surely helps me understand where you are getting your strength from. Both Ted and I feel privileged that we had the opportunity to meet Gary and know that he was a very special man. That spark in his eyes, told me, that he would always be with you - no matter what!

    Your strength is beyond a model, for me, and you make me feel I can get through anything!

    I don't say I love you - lightly. I only say it when I truly feel and mean it!

    I am sorry for your loss, but know that Gary will always be with you!

    I love you! Marilyn xxoo

  5. Peggy, as a distance friend, I can only imagine how hard this loss is for you. I read your words and feel the joy, warmth and closeness you felt for Gary and the gifts he brought you through his wonderful personality! That was so very special, and I know you will treasure that as you heal and remember him in your days where there will be happy and good things to bring him back to you in some way. Please accept my condolences for your great loss and know that prayers for you and your family are being said! Hugs,Patti

  6. Peggy, We never know when God will call our loved ones home. The love of your life may be gone from this life but the memories will last forever. God put Gary into your life because he knew the two of you would have thousands of memories together. I pray you and your family finds peace one day. We may be miles apart but my heart will always keep you close. My thoughts & prayers are with you.

    I love you buddy, Helen Halatsis

  7. Peggy,
    I feel like I can never express to you how much I wish I could take your pain away and bring Gary back to you. I'm so proud of what a strong and beautiful soul you have to articulate your pain in such a meaningful tribute. Please know that I am always here and you are never alone as long as Gary is your guardian angel and our art group loves you!

  8. Peggy, I am a friend of Wyanne's and I saw your comment on her post. I just wanted to tell you how very sorry I am for your loss. I ,too, lost someone very unexpectedly at Christmas time (my mother on December 27, 1999). The words you wrote here about your Gary are a beautiful tribute to a wonderful relationship. I wish you peace and many happy remembrances.

  9. P.S. My parents also send their love and prayers for you Peggy. I passed on the news to my father and he is sorry for what you are going through and wanted me to send you a message from him and my mom.

  10. I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope you can find healing in your art. Thank you for reminding me not to take my loved ones for granted.




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