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pat_k

(9,313 posts)
Thu May 31, 2012, 07:56 PM May 2012

DU's "Senator" Died June 8, 2011

Dusty Kiegel -- "Senator" here on DU since 2001 ("Senator101" on the old TableTalk Politics board), love of my life and constant companion for more than 20 years -- died on June 8, 2011.

I am so sorry that I allowed his online "voice" to go silent without explanation for almost a year, but I was just unable to relay the heartbreaking news sooner.

His death came without warning. I saw him off on a trip on June 7, 2011. After the flight he become ill with what he thought was some sort of food poisoning. He died that night. A heart attack as he slept. He was 49.

His obituary appeared in the New Jersey Star Ledger. You can find it here

I like to think that he and Andy Stephenson had a grand reunion.

-- pat_k (Patty Keeshan)

Photos

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For those who did not "know" him....

Senator's Journal

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DU's "Senator" Died June 8, 2011 (Original Post) pat_k May 2012 OP
Thank you for thinking of us and letting us know. lpbk2713 May 2012 #1
Very sorry to hear this sad news Raine May 2012 #2
Thank You. n/t Egalitarian Thug May 2012 #3
I am so sorry to hear this. Skinner May 2012 #4
Thank you Skinner pat_k Jun 2012 #64
A fine, fine man.... Tikki May 2012 #5
It means so much... pat_k Jun 2012 #63
I am SO sorry... PCIntern May 2012 #6
Thank you so much for letting us know. May he rest in peace. myrna minx May 2012 #7
Very sad news. H2O Man May 2012 #8
It's so good to see you (and the other "old timers") again. pat_k Jun 2012 #59
A big hug for your broken heart DonRedwood May 2012 #9
And thank you for the photos. DonRedwood May 2012 #11
Thank You !!! WillyT May 2012 #10
My deepest condolences for your loss, Patty... Spazito May 2012 #12
I remember your husband well The empressof all May 2012 #13
So many times.... AnneD Jun 2012 #54
RIP Senator. Sorry for your loss pat_k. Little Star May 2012 #14
I somehow missed that he had passed. Skidmore Mar 2014 #68
What a loss for you. FailureToCommunicate May 2012 #15
I'm sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful person. NC_Nurse May 2012 #16
My Condolences Canuckistanian May 2012 #17
That's very Sad News indeed. jannyk May 2012 #18
I am so sorry for your loss mrs_p May 2012 #19
Glad you were able to relay the info - time is not an issue lunasun May 2012 #20
Beautiful, Patty, just beautiful KaryninMiami May 2012 #21
Nashville conference photos.... pat_k Jun 2012 #44
Great photos- made me a bit weepy- but I smiled too. KaryninMiami Jun 2012 #48
...and his favorite photo of Andy pat_k Jun 2012 #46
...and one of my favs pat_k Jun 2012 #47
R.I.P. Senator...... AverageJoe90 May 2012 #22
So sorry to hear it. Best and all sympathies to you and all his family and friends. May he R.I.P. nt Bossy Monkey May 2012 #23
Peace to you, Patty a la izquierda May 2012 #24
... the love of your life... MrMickeysMom May 2012 #25
My deepest condolences to you Ilsa May 2012 #26
I am so sorry Patty. zeemike May 2012 #27
I am sorry for your loss Pat ornotna May 2012 #28
So sad. My heart goes out to you. DLevine May 2012 #29
SENATOR!!! Iggo May 2012 #30
I remember him. He was a wonderful liberal voice. Autumn May 2012 #31
I am so sorry, Pat. I wish you peace. nt msanthrope May 2012 #32
Thank you for letting us know. Gormy Cuss May 2012 #33
I remember that striking username... ellisonz May 2012 #34
condolences - sorry for your loss RainDog May 2012 #35
Thank you for letting us know. Solly Mack Jun 2012 #36
Condolences AndyTiedye Jun 2012 #37
My deepest and sincerest thoughts, prayers, condolences and heartfelt sympathies to you RFKHumphreyObama Jun 2012 #38
I'm so sorry to read this. EFerrari Jun 2012 #39
I know he made a difference here.... as have you... pat_k Jun 2012 #57
i'm so sorry. barbtries Jun 2012 #40
Condolences NNN0LHI Jun 2012 #41
Very sorry about your loss and I thank you for posting this. Kaleva Jun 2012 #42
Hugs and encouragement. JNelson6563 Jun 2012 #43
One of my favorite people here. WilliamPitt Jun 2012 #45
The feeling was mutual. pat_k Jun 2012 #60
So sorry for your pain and loss, Patty HillWilliam Jun 2012 #49
I'm sorry to hear this tularetom Jun 2012 #50
I remember him--my deepest condolences to you. MADem Jun 2012 #51
Thank you so much. pat_k Jun 2012 #61
I do know what you are feeling. MADem Jun 2012 #67
It makes me very sad to hear your news... countryjake Jun 2012 #52
Your loss libodem Jun 2012 #53
Thank you for posting this and letting us know Warpy Jun 2012 #55
It's day by day... pat_k Jun 2012 #66
Thank you all so much. pat_k Jun 2012 #56
Very sorry to hear of his passing & thanks the photos help me conenct... Historic NY Jun 2012 #58
I am so very sorry. . . kimi Jun 2012 #62
I'm so sorry. How awful. At least he died in his sleep, so that is something. Honeycombe8 Jun 2012 #65

Raine

(30,540 posts)
2. Very sorry to hear this sad news
Thu May 31, 2012, 08:04 PM
May 2012

so young to go, a good voice silenced. THANK YOU for letting us know and much sympathy to you and all those who loved and cared about him.

Tikki

(14,547 posts)
5. A fine, fine man....
Thu May 31, 2012, 08:08 PM
May 2012

Thank you for this...some of the newer DUers will now know of this man.



Tikki

H2O Man

(73,449 posts)
8. Very sad news.
Thu May 31, 2012, 08:10 PM
May 2012

Take care of yourself, Friend Patty. And know that there are always folks here to talk to. Okay?

Peace,
Patrick

pat_k

(9,313 posts)
59. It's so good to see you (and the other "old timers") again.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 07:48 PM
Jun 2012

I know I've been among the missing, but the connections remain very real. The significance of DU to "Senator" and I is hard to express. Making his loss known to his online community has somehow been a separate, very difficult thing to do. I guess I just needed to leave him alive "out here" for awhile.

Thank you Patrick. I hope you know how much I appreciate your presence and kind thoughts.

DonRedwood

(4,359 posts)
11. And thank you for the photos.
Thu May 31, 2012, 08:17 PM
May 2012

It will help bring closure to put a smiling face with his writing.

Best Wishes.
Don

The empressof all

(29,098 posts)
13. I remember your husband well
Thu May 31, 2012, 08:20 PM
May 2012

He became one of the many who have silently gone missing from our community. I am so very sorry for your loss....and the loss of those here who didn't have the pleasure of reading his posts. Thank goodness for journals so we can remember a bit....

Thank you for posting this.....

AnneD

(15,774 posts)
54. So many times....
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 05:09 PM
Jun 2012

I wonder what happened to familiar names when they go missing. I am making a contact list so that in the event of my sudden demise-my family knows to call on of my DU friends to let them get out the word to my extended circle of friends.

Skidmore

(37,364 posts)
68. I somehow missed that he had passed.
Wed Mar 19, 2014, 02:24 PM
Mar 2014

I just assumed he had moved on. I always looked forward to his posts.

Canuckistanian

(42,290 posts)
17. My Condolences
Thu May 31, 2012, 09:06 PM
May 2012

Thanks for letting us know. We often wonder about former long-time DUers who no longer post any more.

jannyk

(4,810 posts)
18. That's very Sad News indeed.
Thu May 31, 2012, 09:30 PM
May 2012

Thanks Pat, for letting us know. Thoughts will be with you on the 8th of next month. Fare thee well Senator!

lunasun

(21,646 posts)
20. Glad you were able to relay the info - time is not an issue
Thu May 31, 2012, 09:37 PM
May 2012

My friend lost her husband that way and it is such a shock when it is not expected in the least - no illness /not old age yet. The closure you anticipate should anything ever happen between you was not there - in her case he left in the morning and she got a call by lunch.

My condolences on your loss and good memories forever

KaryninMiami

(3,073 posts)
21. Beautiful, Patty, just beautiful
Thu May 31, 2012, 09:37 PM
May 2012

I have to believe that not only did Dusty have a terrific reunion with Andy- but I'll bet they are gonna team up and help us win this election. Who knows- maybe those two were the ones who knocked some sense into Holder today to finally take action against the vote purging in Florida!

Such great memories of us all together in Nashville- for those of you newer to DU, once, a very long time ago, back in the pre-twitter days, a bunch of activist citizens, came together for one of the most amazing gathering of election reform/voting rights activists ever assembled.

Anyone know had the honor of knowing Dusty, would know how amazingly focused he was on so may key issues- and how committed he was to facilitating change and to making a difference. Most especially about impeachment and election integrity (or the lack there of it with electronic machines) and justice. He was brilliant and an excellent writer and great fun to converse with and knew so much about so many things- I learned a lot from him.

His voice shall be missed around here- and also in my life.

Cheers to you Dusty and also to Andy! We love you both!

pat_k

(9,313 posts)
44. Nashville conference photos....
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 09:17 AM
Jun 2012

Thanks so much Karyn. The image of them doing some "from beyond" Holder ass-kicking is priceless.

Here are a couple photos Dusty took at the conference.... none of "Senator" (he was behind the camera...

Nashville 2004

KaryninMiami

(3,073 posts)
48. Great photos- made me a bit weepy- but I smiled too.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 10:32 AM
Jun 2012

And yes- I am pretty sure that Dusty and Andy will continue to work for justice from their new location! At the moment, my guess is they are very focused on throwing out Walker and on stopping the purging. The image is priceless- keep it in your heart - especially this week as we near the anniversary.

Sending love to you.



MrMickeysMom

(20,453 posts)
25. ... the love of your life...
Thu May 31, 2012, 09:56 PM
May 2012

No wonder you couldn't post for a year, or so...

I do recall some of his posts, and thank you for his journal link. May time continue to help sooth you...

Your love is forever held here.

Ilsa

(61,685 posts)
26. My deepest condolences to you
Thu May 31, 2012, 10:10 PM
May 2012

and your family, Patty K. I can't imagine the pain you've been through this last 12 months.
The Senator left us far too soon, sweetheart.

zeemike

(18,998 posts)
27. I am so sorry Patty.
Thu May 31, 2012, 10:12 PM
May 2012

And after reading some of his journal and seeing his passion for impeaching the chimp I know I would have liked him too.
Thanks for sharing this with us and may peace be on you...

RFKHumphreyObama

(15,164 posts)
38. My deepest and sincerest thoughts, prayers, condolences and heartfelt sympathies to you
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 03:39 AM
Jun 2012

I'm so sorry for your loss. Peace and condolences to you and your family

EFerrari

(163,986 posts)
39. I'm so sorry to read this.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 03:44 AM
Jun 2012

His was such a strong, clear voice. I always looked forward to reading his posts.

I'm sorry, Patty.

JNelson6563

(28,151 posts)
43. Hugs and encouragement.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:19 AM
Jun 2012

Thank you for posting this. Please take good care of you and feel free to visit us!



Julie

pat_k

(9,313 posts)
60. The feeling was mutual.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:14 PM
Jun 2012

I'm thankful our paths crossed, and that you were among the DUer's Dusty and I got to meet in the "real world."

MADem

(135,425 posts)
51. I remember him--my deepest condolences to you.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 11:52 AM
Jun 2012

What a lovely obit--this bit certainly speaks volumes:

A lifelong Red Sox fan, Dusty was always there when needed, and spent his life caring for the needs of his family and friends. He lived his life with integrity and compassion, and brought joy to the ordinary activities he shared with the love of his life, Patty, and their dogs, KD., OD., and dd.

A loving husband, good to animals, AND a Red Sox fan? That's a life well lived! I hope your memories are a comfort to you.

pat_k

(9,313 posts)
61. Thank you so much.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:32 PM
Jun 2012

His truly was a life well lived. It was always more about the journey for him. He was more concerned with the well-being of his fellow travelers on the road, than on getting to the next milepost. His voice will always be with me, reminding me to pay attention to the things that really matter -- to "stop and smell the roses." Remembering is still so painful -- the fact that he is gone is still unreal at times. But I know one day I'll be able to look back without tears, and just be thankful for the joyful times we shared.

MADem

(135,425 posts)
67. I do know what you are feeling.
Sat Jun 2, 2012, 10:33 PM
Jun 2012

The memories will always be with you. They are bittersweet at first but in time they're more sweet than bitter. The pain does seem never-ending, and if you're anything like me, you might try to actively wish away the pain because it's just with you so damn often and it feels like a weight on your chest and a knife in your heart. Then, as time passes, it's not always there, but it sneaks up on you when you least expect it, and boy does that just, well, suck. I sometimes wished there was a pill I could take to hasten that day when the memories would make me smile without that stabbing feeling. It does come, eventually... it just takes its sweet time getting there.

Hang in there, I'll be thinking of you. He sounds like he was a "helluva fellah" as we say in the land of Bean and Cod.

countryjake

(8,554 posts)
52. It makes me very sad to hear your news...
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 01:34 PM
Jun 2012

and I'd like to send all of my sympathies on to you. Your "Senator" was a wonderful voice here and so important to the struggle for justice in our ravaged world. It is a shock to learn that he is gone too soon. I am so sorry, but I do thank you for telling us.

Sending thoughts of peace and strength as your family approaches this grievous anniversary.

Warpy

(111,095 posts)
55. Thank you for posting this and letting us know
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 05:17 PM
Jun 2012

and those of us who have experienced grief and loss would never fault anyone else's timetable.

I'm so sorry you lost him.

How are you doing these days?

pat_k

(9,313 posts)
66. It's day by day...
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 09:33 PM
Jun 2012

Grief threatens to overwhelm. I still can't imagine a future without him. But I know that as long as I am able to stop and listen for his voice -- reminding to pay attention to the things that make life worth living (like taking the time to watch for the seasonal arrival of "our" hummingbirds, or reminding me that someone I love would probably love to hear from me) -- I'll be ok.

Thank you for the understanding.

Historic NY

(37,449 posts)
58. Very sorry to hear of his passing & thanks the photos help me conenct...
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 06:24 PM
Jun 2012

I remember them being posted.

kimi

(2,441 posts)
62. I am so very sorry. . .
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:38 PM
Jun 2012

I didn't know him, but reading about his life is touching. He will RIP, & peace to you & all of his family, friends, & dogs.

Honeycombe8

(37,648 posts)
65. I'm so sorry. How awful. At least he died in his sleep, so that is something.
Fri Jun 1, 2012, 08:59 PM
Jun 2012

Not much, but something. I'm so sorry.

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