Paul Gothard's Journal
Written Oct 6, 2013 10:06pmI want to thank each and every one of you for all of your love and support during this journey through cancer, and beyond.
Paul & I read every guestbook entry. Paul was very moved and touched by all of your kind words and prayers. I, too, am moved, especially by your honesty, and the realization of how far-reaching his legacy is. I am grateful that he lives on in so many hearts, not just mine. This is what gives me strength as I take my first baby steps into widowhood.
Some of you know what I mean when I say that no one ever told me that grieving is so down-to-the-bone exhausting that I can't get out of bed. No one ever warned me about being extremely spacey and forgetful. I was never told that I would be paralyzed with fear and depression.
Nevertheless, thanks to all of your prayers and caring thoughts, I'm finding a way to put one foot in front of the other.... And for that I offer my deepest gratitude.
All my love,
(Susan to family!)
Written Sep 18, 2013 3:38pm
PAUL GOTHARD III
Paul GothardIII, 61, surrendered to aggressive lung cancer on September 18, 2013. He is survived by his cherished wife, Sunni(Susan Light) Gothard, his brother, Eugene, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Jeanne (Krozser) Gothard. His diverse life was spent as a composer, pianist, conductor, college professor, Studebaker enthusiast and restorer, private pilot, motorcyclist, fisherman, and hunter. His life was further enriched by many notable accomplishments in all of these activities. He was a member of the Cleveland Composers Guild, the International Studebaker Drivers Club, and a life-time member of the V-Twin Cruisers Motorcycle Club. Paul taught at Lake Erie College for 40 years, presenting numerous piano recitals, directing the Lake Erie College Community Chorus, and premiering hundreds of his original musical compositions. For a few years, Paul was frequently heard as the host of the “Fine Arts Focus” radio show on WBKC, in Painesville. Paul also participated in composer symposia with Luciano Berio, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, Evelyn Glennie, Hans Werner Henze, and Witold Lutosławski.
In lieu of condolences, family and friends can choose to make a donation in Paul’s name to the Seidman Cancer Center at Geauga Medical Center, 13207 Ravenna Rd., Chardon, OH, 44024, or to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 5786 Heisley Rd. ,Mentor, OH, 44060, or to the Studebaker National Museum, in South Bend, Indiana, at http://studebakermuseum.org/
"Paul has left the building..."
Written Sep 18, 2013 3:34pmPaul died this morning at 7:45 a.m. His struggle is over. He is at peace now. He always heard the "music of the spheres", but now he is flying among those spheres.
As he lay dying with his head in my hands, I told him what a wonderful husband he's been, how honored I've been to be his wife. I told him it was OK to go meet his dad on the French River to go fishin'. I told him there was an airplane waiting at the end of a runway, waiting for him to take the controls; to take off into the clouds and kiss the face of God.
That's a wrap. Now it begins.....