Journal entry by SUNNY BRIDGE

I wish I didn't have to tell you that David took his final earthly breath just before 4 p.m. yesterday, the 27th of December. His struggle is over, and as wrenching as it is to be without him, I have to be glad for that, as the final couple of nights were distressing for him. Fortunately, his last day was very peaceful, with soft piano and guitar Christmas music playing, and dear ones in and out all day to remind him how much he's loved, and of course I was with him all day. Where else would I be? In classic David style, when it was time to go, he didn't linger. A couple of irregular breaths and he was gone.   

I am so grateful that he was still here with us for Christmas and gifted us with a few treasured smiles. Best of all for me, David and I had a few perfect moments together on the evening of the 26th. During this entire sixteen months, whenever I didn't know what to say, I'd say, "I love you" or "I love you to the moon and back" or "I love you to infinity and beyond" or "I will love you forever." Even when his voice was a mere whisper, he would say back, "Love you." Until the 26th. He was finally comfortably installed in the hospital bed and it was just the two of us quietly together. Even though he was clearly listening and I felt he was very much with me, he was not replying. When I got a bit teary and mentioned that he wasn't saying "love you" anymore, he immediately tipped his head up, opened his eyes wide, looking directly into my eyes, and said, strong and clear, "I love you very much, for all time." It was the last complete thing he said. 

I have spent my entire adult life to this point with this dear man, so he is forever a part of me, and our daughters as well. He touched lives far and wide. He will be remembered. And we believe we'll meet again in God's perfect presence. So we say to David, Beloved, "Au revoir" as the French say, until we see each other again. Never good-bye. 

**If you can, please join us for a Celebration of David's Life on Friday evening, January 19, 2018, at 4 p.m. at Council Tree Covenant Church, 4825 South Lemay Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80525. I'm hoping you'll wear blue if you can. Wonderful, bright, cheery, tropical blues, just like David loved wearing. No pressure, but what a treat that would be in the middle of January, as we celebrate the joy he brought to our lives.

There will be a reception at our house directly afterward (just a few minutes from the church--address/directions will be available at the service and a shuttle will be running back and forth from the church for those who don't want to try to park on our tiny street). I can assure you there will be lots of food and wine, just as David made me promise to do. Ever the consummate host.

For any coming from out of town, there are discounted rooms available at the Marriott, 350 E Horsetooth Rd, Fort Collins (also quite close to our house), 970-226-5200. Ask for the Bridge block of rooms, price should be $79. (One of Chelsea's good friends is a manager, so she's very kindly giving us a great rate for a very nice Marriott. Thank you, Kasie.)

Hope to see you in a few weeks. Until then, thank you once again for . . . well, everything. You lightened our load. You brightened our days. You lifted us up. Many, many blessings to all of you. 
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