This has been a very sad period of time for those of us long on
Orchid. Beth Wicker’s mom left her pain and discomfort behind, and
with Beth singing to her, took her last breaths. This is/was a
difficult time for Beth.
Paul Reilly, I came to really know him after the unexpected very
early passing of his beloved wife Margie, some 2 plus years ago.
Paul spent a lot of time deep in despair. Our friendship developed
during that time, and we shared many emails. Never met face to face.
In recent times, a new love/friendship developed for Paul, and he
began to live and breathe again. We shared that with him, as he
really spread his joy with finding life again. I find personal joy
in knowing Paul, once again experienced physical love.
Sadly, it was short lived. Paul was in Colorado Springs, his love
Joy was in Calgary. Their times together were enough to determine
that together is what they wanted to be. Plans began to jell. Paul
would be in Canada by Summer. He was joyous and shared this with
Beth Wednesday morning.
It was not meant to be. Paul walked from his home toward his studio,
he never made it. A UPS delivery driver found him on the ground and
called for help. It was too late.
Andy Cooperman who, with his wife Kim were closely associated with
Margie and Paul since their class days in the 70’s shared some of
the above with me. Charles Lewton Brain also
contributed. Thanks to both of them.
Charles has spoken with Joy, it is hard for her. The life they had
planned together, not to be.
What I know so far is that there will be no services. Beth is
speaking with family to determine how we may express our selves, and
as soon as that is determined, charity, or Orchid, or an unknown, it
will be shared.
Paul Reilly was a sweet man, a long member of Orchid, friend to
many. His passing should not be so quiet. He was only 55.