Wednesday, July 2, 2008

ALL YOU WONDERFUL J-LAND FRIENDS

CHUCK HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!

Dear Ones,

He's left the planet, actually, I assume.  Your comments and prayers, your thoughts really worked, Chuck released his body knowing he was truly loved at 10pm PDT July 1st.  He told us weeks ago he wouldn't be around for the 4th, he was correct.

  Your comments are a huge blessing to all of his family, and we thank you soooooo much!  Wish I could be more creative, more like Dad in how I express this to you...but I know he would say it something like this:

THE CURMUDGEON HAS CHECKED OUT!   

Our love and thanks for a great ride for our Dad, Grandfather, Cousin, Uncle and old friend!  You are ALL AWESOME!  I probably cannot respond to each and every one of you, so please know our heartfelt thanks and hugs across the web!  XXXXOOOO

Blessings, Kate and family

90 comments:

tendernoggle said...

I am being very selfish right now, for I am sitting here crying for the friend that I have lost...when I should be rejoicing for the time that I was honored to have known him...and when I should be happy for our world to have had such a good man....but I can not help my feelings of loss...
I do pray that the good Lord will comfort and shine HIS light among you and the entire family of loved ones that Chuck leaves behind...and also his home buddies.
God bless you and keep you and thank you so much for letting us know.
love,
carlene
tendernoggle@aol.com

suehertz said...

Dear Kate and family,

Chuck spoke of you all often, with love and laughter.  You are all the reason he needed to last as long as he did.  thank you for sharing him with us.  I hope that old curmudgeon is flying over head laughing and soaring now that he is no longer in pain.  You all have a lot to live up to, we all do.  His grace, dignity and sillyness is ledgedary.  My best to you all.  Peace

Sue

sunnybethe said...

Dear Kate and Family,

So sorry to hear about your Dad, Grandfather, cousin, Uncle.  He had a soft and generous soul and his writings enveloped us all.  I'm so sad the world had to lose someone who could talk, teach, & touch strangers hearts the way he did.  

hugs,  Bethe

plittle said...

Dear Kate and Family,
  Please accept my humble and heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dear Father/Grandfather/Great Grandfather, etc. Chuck lived an amazing life, and was graced with the presence of his sharp-as-a-tack mental faculties right to the end. I have been reading his words here on AOL for four years, and feel a richer man for having done so. His words - nay, his presence - here in J-Land will be sorely missed by all.
  With warmest regards,

Paul Little
http://journals.aol.ca/plittle/AuroraWalkingVacation/

bamawmn46 said...

Dear Kate and Family,

We have one less star shining here in J-land, but I sure hope he is looking down on us, throwing some of his humor here and there. I know I'll miss him so much!

At least his pain and suffering is over now. I know how independent he was and how miserable he must have been with the pain and being unable to do the things he wanted to do.

Good-bye Chuck.... it's been a great read!

Love,
Jackie

specialadyfink said...

OMG I am so deeply saddened.this is so hard to believe.
I can only echo what Paul Little just wrote.
know that we are all richer for our Chuck having been in our lives.
I am truly sorry.
connie

plieck30 said...

To Chuck's Family: I offer my sympathy and will miss him here in j-and. Paula

salemslot9 said...

I liked 'Dinner With The Cat'

mawmellow said...

Chuck was a wonderful man.  I am so blessed to have found his writings here online.  His sense of humor and wisdom were amazing.  My sympathy goes out to all of you.  I never look at a rose bush without hearing some of Chuck's words about them.  He always generously shared pictures with us.  God Rest His Soul.  

garnett109 said...

Kate I'm very sorry for your loss , your father and his journal kept my spirits  up on bad day , He'll be truely missed here in Pa.
Mr. Ferris A Great man,soldier, father, teacher and Journaler.
It is never good old friend, till we meet again.
Soldier " En Avant"
Foward on!
My flag will be at half mass till the 4th out of respect for a Fellow soldier.
God bless.

msecz said...

Kate Im so sorry for your loss...... mine too. I will always miss and remember him
Sandra

princesssaurora said...

I loved Chuck and his journal!  I didn't always comment, but i always read.  I hope to have as much spunk and love for life as he when I become of an age.  I am happy that even in death he did it his way.  Blessings to all of you... we will meet someday on the Other Side.

be well,
Dawn
http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

domsmom27 said...

I have had  the last alert for Dribble by Chuck......and I will miss him.  He was a breath of fresh air and may his soul be carried from death into a new life.        Marlene

madcobug said...

I am so sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed. May God be with each of you during this sad time and give you peace and a calmness in your hearts. Don't feel the need to answer back please,  we know you have a lot on you mind at this time. Hugs to all of you. Helen

jmorancoyle said...

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I will miss checking with Chuck. He was a joy to read and a thoroughly unexpected breath of fresh air. Take care and my best wishes to you and yours.
Jude
http://journals.aol.com/jmorancoyle/MyWay

onestrangecat said...

I am so sorry to hear about Chuck.

Prayers and love for all those he left behind.

Kathy

jeanno43 said...

Rest in peace Chuck, all pain gone, now you can fly free. You will be remembered in J-Land by so many.  God bless you and give your dear family peace and comfort at this time.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/JeannettesJottings/

lurkynat said...

my deepest condolences
hugs,natalie

deslily said...

He'll be missed...

luvrte66 said...

I send my condolences to you and your family. From your entry, it sounds like humor, compassion, and grace run in the family.

Godspeed, Chuck.

Beth

jeanno43 said...

Came back to say that Chuck will be added to the memorial site, J-Land Angels.

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/JeannettesJottings/

palmypen said...

My condolences to you and your family, Kate.  Chuck's voice will be missed so much.  I looked forward to reading his wit and good humor, even from such a dear "curmudgeon".  I'm sure he's flying somewhere, as light as a butterfly on one of his roses.  

jckfrstross said...

Kate, i am so sorry, your dad always made me laugh. Keeping you and yours in prayer

Deb

lv2trnscrb said...

I'm so sorry for your loss

betty

sybilsybil45 said...

God Bless  and confort you all.  Love Sybil x

sybiljb said...

My condolences to you and your family, Kate. We will miss you Chuck.


rdautumnsage said...

I was so sorry to hear this news hon. Your family will be kept in my prayers on the smoke during this time of sadness. Thanks for letting us know. (Hugs)Indigo

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm so sorry to hear your dad has passed on but he knew he wouldn't be around for the celebrations this year. Thoughts andf prayers are being said for your family. Jeannette xx  

lintnmypockit said...

It was such an incredible pleasure to meet Chuck. Before I had the pleasure of meeting him at his place of residency, I'd been a reader of his blogs and a fan of his little art pieces. They always make me laugh or cheer me up. In fact, right now I have one of his spoon-people convention deals set as the background on my desktop.

Chuck said something to me while I was there visiting him with Marshall... he said that "Friendship is the best medicine, and I feel like I've made a new friend today." I started thinking of that a couple days ago and just began to weep. It is such a true statement and it meant a lot to me to have made his acquaintance in this way. To be able for a moment, to help take his mind off of the pain. I was happy to be there to listen and talk with him. He was a very special being and I know this will be a great loss for his family and all of those in the "old folks home" as he called it. He had a sense of humor and a positivity towards life that is difficult to find in people.

While I was there, I noticed he had a collection of audio from Jack Kerouac. I am a big fan of the beat movement and had hoped to listen to some of it with him. Today in Chuck's honor, I will.

Great prayers and blessings to Jo, Kate and all the rest of your family. Please let me know if I can be of any help in any way.


- Crystal Jones

screaminremo303 said...

Adios, mi Amigo!

I will miss you greatly.

peytonswater said...

This saddens me so, selfishly. I didn't know him near long enough. He was an inspiration to me.  I'm very sorry for your loss however it seems you do not need to be told he is in a better place, you seem to have good spirits.
Hugs
Ang

chevyz71gurl74 said...

I am so very sorry for your loss Kate.....

I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad through Jland, I come by way of Garnett's journal....he was loved by many as i can see.... May he rest in peace....

Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers

Hugs
Terri

jimsulliv3 said...

God bless you, Chuck.

Jimmy

helmswondermom said...

I'm glad Chuck passed peacefully, but so sorry for your loss.  I was new to Chuck's journal and had just recently been stopping by.  I hope you and your family are doing okay.  He seemed like a really great man and must have been a wonderful dad to have around.
Lori

eyesbaerle said...

I am so very sorry! May he rest in peace.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.
And for Chuck: We will meet in another world. God bless.
Hugs, Maria

hugsdoodlewacky said...

((((((((((((((((((((((((CHUCK)))))))))))))))))You will be missed.My thoughts and prayers are with you.

pchilcoat1 said...

My Prayers for you and your family chuck will be missed terribly, but he's at peace.

fasttrack58 said...

Chuck's Dribbles will be deeply missed....
Special thoughts to you and yours....
Linda...

lsfp1960 said...

I didn't know about Chuck's journal until early this morning.  But in reading down thru some of entries, I can tell he was an all around great guy! Much loved by his family and friends.  I know he'll be missed by so many...there's a new star in our sky.  Praying that God will comfort you and bring a sweet peace that only He can give.   Linda in Washington state

fisherkristina said...

I'm sorry for you and your family's loss, Kate.  I believe Chuck is in Heaven making everybody laugh.  He won't need that wheelchair anymore to make them laugh.  He will be running through mud doing feet art instead of wheelchair art.  I'm sorry I am not being more somber at your time of grief, it is just that Chuck inspired me so much not to be somber.  With him I had joy.  I am practicing his legacy.  May you be comforted some how in the days ahead, Kate.    

Krissy

nightmaremom said...

my deepest sympathies...
d

buggieboo1 said...

My Prayers for you and your family Chuck will be missed terribly, but he's at peace now, in Heaven and with the Lord! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sharon

jacsher said...

I will miss his wit and humor.  Loved his analagies and descriptions.  Oh yeah, a lot of us will miss him.  God Speed to Chuck who knew how to live....  Peace to the family.  Thanks for the notification.......................  Jack of the ShipsLog

momiscool2 said...

I am so sorry for your loss.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love,
Michelle

ktkamanski said...

To you and yours,
I wish I had words to comfort ~ Maybe knowing there are so many that cared shall comfort. Take care of you and yours always,
Katie

am4039 said...

I'm so sorry about the loss of your loved one. Many prayers to your family.

astaryth said...

This is a sad day for J-land as Chuck was definitely one of our brightest. My condolences to the family. I feel myself to have been very lucky to have known him through his words, even if I never met him in 'real-life'. Good-bye Chuck. You will be missed.

lazarai said...

So sorry for your loss.....my heart goes out to you all!!

Hugs,
Carol

sieblonde said...

I hope he knew how much of a difference he made here.  He will be deeply missed.   Sie

mutualaide said...

I've not been a regular commentor or visitor here, but someone told me that Chuck had passed on.  Please accept my condolences for your loss.  

Chuck ... as I visited today I was reading your sidebar and you are correct ... the important things are still a mystery.   Maybe you now have the answer we all strive to find.

God Bless you.  May you rest in peace.

mjgm1954 said...

what a wonderful person Chuck was. a quick wit and clever mind with a beautiful soul. he taught us a lot, many valuable things. his legacy is immense! sayonnara,  june

emabecmar said...

may god open his arms and receive chuck in his holy grace, and may he bless all of you in your time of grief.

Cindy

valphish said...

Kate, I am so sorry for you loss.  Chuck was one of the biggest joys in my life.  I know he is up there making others happy now.  I thank God for the wonderful blessing he was to all of us.  You will be in my thoughts and prayers, Kate, as you go through this rough time.  I love you, Chuck!!  Love, Val a.k.a. Granddaughter Groundhog
http://journals.aol.com/valphish/ThereisaSeason
http://journals.aol.com/valphish/JoyInTheRain

ceilisundancer said...

Yeah, he probably would have said something akin to that:)  Part of him will remain in all of you.  In reading back, an entry a month previous had him trying to say no to participating in July 4th events this year.  He did know, and that's okay.  He left, not abandoned, but loved and I think feeling special.  God be with you all at this time.  Even if it's a blessing for him not to linger in pain, I know that it's still hard.  Watch those fireworks on his behalf, his own star perhaps looking down from above and wishing you all to stay enjoying life.  (Okay, I'll add my tears to this now daggnabbit I'm at WORK oh well.)  -- Robin

sdoscher458 said...

Sorry for your loss. Chuck with his wit and writing was a cut above others and will be sorely missed...sandi

tpiez4me said...

SALUTE!!

taryterre said...

Reading Chuck's words was one of the biggest joys in my life. I shall miss him.  

pharmolo said...

My condolences on your loss, I am very sorry to hear of Chuck´s passing. I wish you all strength in the times ahead. For one, I am glad that Chuck´s suffering is now over. But J-land will miss its curmudgeon.

Guido
http://journals.aol.co.uk/pharmolo/NorthernTrip

preciousone25 said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your father, Kate, please accept my condolences.  I didn't know him, even through his journal, until now.... he was an amazing person.
Wish I'd been here sooner.

Joann

jocalodave said...

Chuck and I made a little video a couple of months ago. He played the music on his keyboard.

It's posted on YouTube:  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjgIcFPsiq8&feature=related

There's a much more professional video also on YouTube, created by the local newspaper:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CYIrNdhJeY&feature=related

Chuck is one of my unforgettable characters. We interacted quite a bit during my year-long travels around North America; but we also shared several cups of coffee at his "old folk's home" and Starbucks. He even attended a writer's class as my guest once at the senior center -- in better days.

Wherever Chuck is (even if only in our memories), there is music and laughter and lots to think about. He was a great man, a great friend.

"Wandering Dave"

funnyface0s0 said...

Hello Chuck's Family ....
Chuck will be missed, what a lovely man with the most fabulous sense of humour.
Love to you all,
Jayne (Cornwall, England)

hewasolddog299 said...

I've been away from the Internet for all but the most basic tasks for months now. It saddens me on many levels to learn Chuck has left the party. None of us will live forever, but he was one I hoped would be around a while longer to annoy me out of complacency. Months ago he confided in me concerning his health and while his death isn't a surprise, it wasn't wished for, either. I'm sure his pain levels and confusion became an issue for him, as it would for me. His strength in the face of a sure thing was a lesson to me (and, I hope, to all his readers and family and friends).

I will miss him as I am sure you will, too. He was a real <i>mensch.</i>

wil

bhbner2him said...

I never had the pleasure of gettingn to know Chuck, but from the memorials around J-land that I have read, I know I missed a blessing.  God be with you all.  - Barbara

gehi6 said...

What a wonderful lively farewell for a daughter to post.  You must surely have his sense of humor.  I salute Chuck and you.  Gerry

monponsett said...

Mr. Ferris, while serving in the Army, liberated my hometown from the Nazis.... wouldn't let me pay him back, either. If y'all ever need anything, hit me up in an email, and consider it done.

lifes2odd said...

He would love the way you did this entry! My thoughts are prayers are with you all. Martha

jarico63 said...

Rest in Peace Chuck, I will miss you and your great sense of humor. Sheila

trishaham said...

I am heart broken to hear this new's. I just saw this entry tonight. With summer and a terminal illness in the immediate family, I have not been on-line much. Your Dad was somewhat new to me, I started reading his journal this past winter. I so looked forward to his journal alert's. he had such a great sence of humor and a wisdom only a man of his age and experiences could back up. He was such a delight. My thought's and prayer's go out to you, your family and friends. I know this is a great loss for your family. You gave him a great gift. The gift to let go with dignity and know that he had been LOVED. God be with youtoday and alway's.

Tia

v3r0n1k1 said...

Kate and family,

I am Charlotte's daughter, Susan.  Your dad was loved by all of us.  I know he was ready for peace; and we know he has found it.

I would like to hear from you as I want to attend a service should you have one.

Thank you,

Susan

rjet33 said...

Chuck, your sense of humor will be greatly missed by many.  Rest in peace, my friend, you deserve it.

Hugs and prayers to the family,

Susan

jeadie05 said...

Dear Chuck I am going to miss you and your inspiring  amusing entrys ,who is going to arrange the Sing a longs now ?..love Jan xx

jeanno43 said...

If anyone would like to post a tribute to Chuck or share a personal memory of him then please visit:

http://journals.aol.co.uk/jeanno43/silent-keyboards-j-land-angels/

bgilmore725 said...

Kate, I am sad about Chuck's passing on the one hand, but happy for him on the other. It means he is resting now, in peace. I only met him most recently, but glad for that at least. I pray that your family is well, and that his legacy strengthens all of you, as it has his friends here in J-Land. Bon Voyage, Chuck! bea

midwestvintage said...

 I am so sorry to hear about Chuck, late also.  Hopefully he flying high and feeling good.


              Julie

Valerie said...

Three months have passed, grandpa groundhog... and I still miss you so!! I am glad your blog was saved and moved over to blogspot, Chuck... I can't wait to see you in Heaven... You still make me smile, my friend, and cry, too... I LOVE YOU, CHUCK!!!! Your granddaughter groundhog Valerie

Rose said...

So sorry for you loss.

Hugs, Rose

Sue said...

Chuck was one of a kind, I am thrilled to reread his journal. Just to read the signs on his door is worth it.

Sue

krissy knox said...

Hi, Chuck.

What's it like in Heaven?

I just wanted to come over to your blog and say hello, as I was thinking about you just now. Val says that three months have passed... Was it three months today?

I just want to say I am glad you're blog made it over (that it didn't go into oblivion when AOL Journals shut down forever in Oct 2008), and it is here safe with the rest of us in the jlandtoblogger community. You are still right here where you belong, and I intend to come back from time to time to read your words...

We sure have had a lot of change in jland the last few months... But we will be able to adjust with help from the Lord. It's just that everything happened so quickly. Anyway, Grandfather Groundhog, it's time for us to move onward and upward, to many new and good things.

I am just glad somebody saw fit to migrate your blog here to Blogger, and bring you along with us. It just wouldn't be Jland without you!

So while you are up there in Heaven, keep an eye on us down here in Jland if you can, and help us to all get along, LOL.

I'll be back to talk to you soon --I just wanted you to know I found comfort in you being here is all... I'll be back my friend, when I need to read some more of the signs on your door... Or take a peak at your wheelchair art...

Okay, take care, G Groundhog. I love you, Krissy :)

SHOOBIE HUNTER said...

so sorry to hear about your loss..grieve not for him..for he is not in pain any more..rejoice...we grieve for ourselves because we miss our loved one..may the angels watch over you all....

Woody said...

No one is ever truly gone till no one calls their name. Chuck Ferris will never be gone!!!

Joan said...

So happy Chuck's journal made it here with us. Miss him so. Love Joan

garnett109 said...

Lets Keep Chucks Memory alive have your friend follow his blog.
We miss you friend!

~ Lor said...

Chuck was a wonderful person and he will truly be missed.

garnett109 said...

Happy Veterans Day Chuck

Connie said...

Hey Chuck,just needed to pop over to let you know I haven't forgotten you.I,like Krissy,am glad your blog came over to be with us here on blogger.
Miss you my friend.

Connie said...

It's been a year since you left..still not the same without you dear friend...see you on the other side....

4lovedones said...

Online Obituary :: Add a condolences and express your regret!

http://www.4lovedones.com

Connie said...

Stopped in to say you're still missed good buddy. ;-)

❤Connie Higginbotham❤ said...

Thinking of you as the New Year dawns....

ADB said...

You've been gone some 8 years now, Chuck, but I know that many people, including me, miss your presence. Rest in peace.