Mar. 3rd, 2006

lilia2000: (cry)
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.
lilia2000: (Claire)
If some one where to ask me how my day went. I wouldn't know what to say. Today started off well. I came down about 10:30 to start some school work and was checking e-mail before starting. I had an e-mail from Bev notifying me that Rit had died. The rest of the day has gone based on finding that out. I cried at first, mom was in the basement with me and it took me a bit to finally tell her what had happened. I didn't believe it at first, I didn't want to believe it. But it was true. It was long before I realized that people needed to know. I realized none of his friends knew and I knew I had to be the one to tell. It hasn't been an easy day because of that. Trying to find out information about his death, his family. Trying to figure out which of his LJ friends to notify and and how hasn't been easy. How do you tell some one there friend has died? Especially over the internet? It hasn't been easy. I feel completely drained. I haven't cried a whole lot, but I never do. Just felt an overwhelming sadness. After my first initial cry I would come across something on LJ that would make me tear up again. His name, a picture, a comment. I just feel so numb and I still can't grasp the fact that he's gone.

Rit was a truly wonderful person. His faith in Christ showed so well. Even when he was down, he was willing to admit it and ask for help. You could see the love he had for his wife and child. That through his hardships, he was happy. That all the difficulties in his life had made him who he was. And that his faith was true. His life is a testimony for us all. I take comfort in knowing that he is know with his Savior and that someday, we'll see him again. I hope and pray much for his wife and child. This time can not be easy for them. Losing such an amazing father and husband. I went to the store a little while ago and almost started crying again in the car. Then while I was looking for a sympathy card, I almost did again. I keep thinking of Kim and Caleb and it just hurts. I came across this beautiful picture of Kim and Caleb in his Flickr -

I only met Rit twice, and even then it was just a brief wave. It was Dragon*Con of this year and I was very busy and so was he. But it is his LiveJournal posts, his comments, that stick with me. He was always so kind and thoughful. I could always rely on having a comment from him. He reminded me a lot of my dad, they liked and do a lot of the same kind of things. And now they'll never get the chance to talk. My memory of Rit, will always be him at D*Con. Smiling and happy with a camera around his neck.
lilia2000: (Shaun)
Just a little while ago, I realized I might have the wrong address for Rit and started looking into it. After having no success, it finally came down to calling the number I had. I've never been so nervous. The first time I called, I got an answering machine with a mans voice asking you to leave a message. I didn't because I thought I might have a wrong number. So I waited, did some more searching and decided to call the number again and just leave a message. Well, this time some a woman answered. I realized I could be talking to anyone. Kim...his mom...or some one completely un-related. After bumbling around a bit I finally said, "I'm not sure how to ask this but is Rit..." I couldn't finish, she finished for me. The woman I was talking to ended up being Rit's sister-in-law. That meant the mans voice on the answering machine was Rit's. I talked to her for about 5min and it was so hard not to start crying again. She was so nice and seemed to understand how I was feeling, even though I'm not even sure she understood how I knew Rit. I told here there were a lot of people who just found out today that he had passed and we where all praying for his family and keeping him in our thoughts. She said thank you. I informed her about LiveJournal and suggested Kim try and see if she can get on to read what people where saying about him. I'm not sure if she fully understood me, but mabye Kim will.

If any of you got his address from me and don't have an e-mail from me with the correct one, please contact me again. This is important or you won't get to his family.


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