Thursday, October 8, 2009

Danny's final passage

This is the message we received from Joan today, the 8th of October.

My dear friends,
Danny will be taking his final passage from the village of Pago Pago, American Samoa on Thursday Oct. 8th. Wade, Cole, and I will be leaving the harbour at 9:00 am (5:00 pm EST) with our newly found cousins, Evelyn and her husband, High Chief Lilio, Xavier, son of Wyatt Boyles and his wife Melake and also a pastor from the Congregational Church in Fagasa who will be leading the ceremony. Once we are 3 miles offshore, Danny will be returned to the sea that was his passion with those who love him watching in his wake.
Join us at 5:00 p.m. EST in a toast to celebrate Dan's life. Share your fondest memories of Danny and love the one you're with. Laugh and smile and remember that life is not measured by how may breaths we take but by the moments that take our breaths away. (thanks Nancy) Once we come back into the harbour we will be gathering on the Malaloa dock with all of our
American Samoan friends and fellow cruisers.
The people of Samoa and Fagasa Village have opened up their hearts to us. I will be eternally grateful to my cousin Evelyn, her husband Lilio, and nephew Xavier who have welcomed us into their village that was heavily damaged in the tsunami. They have planned a farewell my Danny would have loved.
Please remember the village of Fagasa and the Samoan Red Cross. Donations in memory of Dan can be sent to: High Chief Lilio, P.O. Box 3423, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799 or to Samoan Red Cross, General Delivery, Pago Pago, American Samoa, 96799.
We love you all and have been nourished by your many e-mails. Joan, Wade, and Cole Olszewski

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