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[personal profile] lilia2000
I'm not sure how to say this. But because so many people on my list know him, I figure I must. I've never had to do this before, tell anyone something like this, so please bear with me. Yesterday I mentioned in my LJ that I hadn't heard from Rit (koniegeek) and then someone else did as well. Bev noticed I mentioned him and sent me this link - I'm really sorry to inform you all that Rit passed away of severe aneurysm last Friday. (I've just had this confirmed by his maneger)

Rit is the third person I have cried for when they died. I sat here and just cried, and still am. I can't really believe it. I keeping hoping to find somewhere that it isn't true, that it was a mistake. I think of Caleb and his wife... It's horrible. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

It is strange, I was at FansForChrist looking for info on Rit and found that his signature was this -

"The journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass. And then you see it ...
White shores... and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise"

I cried again when I read it.

Rit's office has set up a Memorial Fund for his family. Here is the information if you wish to help out- ISS is also setting up a Memorial Fund for Rit, which will go entirelyto Rit's wife and son. If you are interested in contributing, please
make out a check to ISS and indicate "Rit Kuykendall Memorial Fund" on your checks. Please send your donations to Farrah McGuffie in the HR Dept. here in Atlanta. Farrah will collect the funds and get them to Rit's family on your behalf.
Our address is 6303 Barfield Road, Atlanta, GA 30328

BTW- I'm making this a public entry so others can find out info as well. So if you know some one I don't who knew Rit and would like to help him out, you can link to this journal.
I have Rit's home address and phone number. If you would like to send him a card, leave a comment and I'll give you his address.

Date: 2006-03-03 04:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my god..I'm in Tears...I cant believe this

I will post to the group because they need to know. Is there anyway to find out when his funeral is?


Date: 2006-03-03 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I already posted to the group. And as he died a week ago, I'm sure the funeral has already come and gone. I wish I knew how to get in touch with the family. I did find out his work has set up a memorial fund for the family, his wife and kid, so I'm trying to get more info on that and will post it as soon as I know more.

Date: 2006-03-03 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are correct, his funeral was Tuesday.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, please let us know. I'd like to send something to help them out. I'm in shock right now...I only knew him from LJ, but he was a wonderful guy.

Date: 2006-03-03 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Would you like his home address? All the info I have I've posted. Leave me your e-mail and I'll send the address to you.

Date: 2006-03-03 04:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm honored to have known him and met him. This is a huge loss and I will miss him dearly.


Date: 2006-03-03 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Caleb and Kim are in my thoughts and prayers.

Date: 2006-03-03 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This news is so incredibly sad. I can't believe it, and I wish it weren't true. Rit was one of the kindest people I have ever met. He always had wonderful words of encouragement and advice. Like Mel said, he always had a smile on. I know that God takes us out of this world when he thinks it is our time, but it is so hard to accept that this would be his time leaving his wife and child behind. He will truly be missed.
*is crying*

Date: 2006-03-03 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

This is horrible news.

Simply horrible.


I'm speechless. Rit was such a wonderful guy. Such a great guy. And the sad part was I remember one of his latest entries was a troubled one about him having problems with his wife.

I thoughts are with his wife and beloved son. He loved them both so much.

Rest in Peace koinegeek.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm still in shock. Will you email me his address please? Thanks

Date: 2006-03-03 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Same here, Lil. I'd like to send Kim a note to let her know how Rit was such a friend to everyone. I know when my dad died, the encouragement from others, and hearing how daddy affected others was really important to me, so I'd like to do the same for her.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I've sent it to both of you. Mom said what you did EPoL. That hearing what an impact Rit's life had will probably be a great comfort to his wife.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I got it. Truly, I know it helped me to hear what others had to say, to see how many people mourned his loss. I know it's so ridiculous, but when I was first going home after Daddy died, all I could think was, "What if my dad died, and no one notices, or cares?" And that was dumb, and I found out how many people did care, and mourned his loss; and as his daughter, that meant a lot to me.

I really encourage anyone who's life was touched by Rit, to let Kim know, because I think she would be appreciative to know that so many people cared and feel his loss, too. I've had friends to suffer losses and didn't do anything or know what to say, and I feel bad about it now, because now I KNOW how much it mattered to me. It's not just for you, it's for Rit and his family.

Lilia, i'm so glad that you let everyone know.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd like it, too, Lilia --

I heard on Redux and then found myself sobbing at the kitchen sink an hour later. Amazing how someone can touch your life without you realizing it.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I sent it.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Please tell me this is a hoax! He was such a wonderful friend!

Date: 2006-03-03 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Did you know that was my first thought as well? I couldn't believe it at first. But I've had it confirmed through multiple sources. His job, obituaries...
It is a loss of a wonderful friend.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I heard of this through another friend, who supplied the link.

I am so sorry. Rit was a wonderful friend and always had a beautiful outlook on life. Our prayers are with his wife and son, and of course his co-workers.

Thank you for posting this.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I met Rit in another friend's journal almost a year ago and we've been friends ever since then. To say that I am devastated would be a gross understatement. He was such a good friend! Please, may I have his home address so that I can send a card to his wife & son? My e-mail address is country_faerie at charter dot net

Thank you so much.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He was a good friend wasn't he? I'm so glad you found out. I tried to tell you but couldn't post on your LJ. I knew you posted a lot at his LJ and would probably like to know. I'm sending you his address...

Date: 2006-03-03 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much. *sobs*

Date: 2006-03-03 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am so sorry sweetie. I didn't know Rit, but I'm sure he will be greatly missed. His family is in my thoughts a great deal today.


Date: 2006-03-03 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks again for letting me know about it.

Date: 2006-03-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Can you please e-mail me his address? Thanks so much!

Date: 2006-03-03 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Give rest, O our Savior, with the Just, to Thy servants, and set them in Thy courts, as it is written. And overlook in Thy goodness their sins, voluntary and involuntary, and all they committed knowingly and unknowingly, O Lover of men.

Date: 2006-03-03 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Hi Lilia, could you send the me the address please? I feel like I should offer words, but I don't have any. Thanks.
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Date: 2006-03-03 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
No I don't have your e-mail address, so if you could give it to me, I'll send you the address. :-)

Date: 2006-03-04 12:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't even fathom this. Rit was such a wonderful guy.

I would love to have his address, just to send Kim a note.

Date: 2006-03-15 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I just found out about Rit. Please an address.
Thank you.
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