Our dear friend, the inimitable Bas whose soul shone through blogland and brightened all of our lives..
He has become an angel of a different kind. I am sure he is putting his limitless charm to new uses.
PK has put up the announcement, including a note from Lisa, Bas’ wife:
With pain in my heart I have to tell you that Bas has passed away peacefully.
According to Bas’ wishes she has put up the final post for his blog. It reads, in part:
Dear, dear Blogland Family,Please keep blogging, remember your joy when you first found Blogland.
Keep the torch burning and give it new bloggers.Please remember those in our Blogland family who suffer from illness. They need you.
Please remember my little Lisa.I love you.
In honor of Bas’ memory and what he meant to all of us, this blog will “go dark” this weekend. There will be no Weekend Writing Warriors, Saturday Spankings, or Seductive Studs and Sirens post.
Instead, please think of Bas–and those closest to him in the Netherlands.
Dear Lisa, Bas’ children, and grandbaby Pixel–
We may never have talked to you or met you, but through the love of Bas we have come to care about you. We hold you in our hearts, we wish you the best…and most of all, we will hold his memory alive.
Bas made all of us better people, and he made this world a better place to be.
Today, I invite you to join me in honoring Bas. I feel sure he would want us to continue in the example he led for us. Maybe it will be a kindly word to a stranger who is having a hard time. Or a helping hand. Or a note of reconciliation to a long-estranged friend or family member.
When we share our love with each other, we honor Bas.
Today, I’m going to meet someone who took care of me at my most vulnerable time of life. I will spend time with her, cherish her, and tell her how important she has been to me.
And never forget that someone like Bas took the time and effort to love someone like me. Like all of us.
How lucky we have been.