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 Joe Baraba

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Registration date : 2008-01-11
Location : UK

PostSubject: Joe Baraba   Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:13 pm

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform everyone that Joe died on March 7th. I first became friends with Joe in 2005. He sent me one of his paintings. We exchanged hundreds of emails. I shall miss him enormously.


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Registration date : 2008-01-26
Age : 79
Location : Germany

PostSubject: Re: Joe Baraba   Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:37 pm

It is difficult to find words to express my shock and sorrow hearing about this.  It was only a few days ago when Alice made a post inquiring about Joe. I recall that Joe had medical problems that he shared with us, however I was not aware that his condition was that serious. He was part of our family of authors here on this forum.  The last email I had from him was an inquiry about moving to Germany where he could receive affordable medical care.  He had German roots and inquired about dual citizenship. Previous posts suggested that he had difficulties paying for medical treatment.  Amidst the sadness I feel is also a feeling of anger that affordable healthcare is not available in the proclaimed “richest country on earth”.   In my own case, I am alive today because I live where I do and have affordable and comprehensive healthcare.
The list of our friends on this forum that have departed is growing.  As we age we realize that death is inevitable making each day one to appreciate.  It also allows us to appreciate the friends that we have where we can share our joys and sorrows.  The belief in an afterlife is comforting. How that transformation occurs remains a puzzle.  I want to take this opportunity to say how much I appreciate your friendship.  We don’t always agree on political or religious matters, but in the end, difference of opinion does not destroy our friendship. To Joe Barbara, I say, “Until we meet again.  Thank you for your friendship”
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