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A tribute to Monty

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

When I was on SP as PennyAn, I had a wonderful Spark friend - Monty.

Monty was retired, and he lived in Florida. He had lost a lot of weight here on SP, and it showed on the before and after photos that he posted on his page. There was no doubt about his success - his new self looked like a different person.

Even though he did not need to lose any more weight himself, Monty stayed very active on SP, cheering on his friends' efforts.

I was lucky enough to be one of his friends. Monty wrote supportive comments on every blog I wrote. He applauded my successes and boosted me when I faltered. His comments were both wise and sensitive. He was ever-present and watching over - a true friend.

For many months last year I was not active on SP; then when I returned, I began again with this new name and page. I informed my old friends on a final blog as PennyAn and asked them to follow me over here. Many did, and many did not.

Just yesterday, I was looking through my old friends and came upon Monty. Smiling with memories of him and planning to contact him once again, I went to his page. There I saw a final blog entitled, "The worst blog I'll ever write..."

I learned that Marty had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

(He admitted in the blog that while he had been successful losing weight, he had not been able to quit smoking.)

That was yesterday. The blog had been written many months ago.
Today when I returned, Monty's page had been deactivated.

So the tribute that I was going to write on his page is here, instead, in this blog.

Let me just say, Thank you, Monty. Though we never met in person, you were a very real part of my life. You inspired me with your own success. You motivated me with your advice and warm words. You were an important part of my experience here on SP, and I will always remember you.


Merry Mary was so right. I had his name as Marty, when if fact it was Monty.
I have made those changes to his name in this blog.
I am sorry to hear that he passed last August.
Monty's page has not been deactivate, so I have written my message there.

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    Awhhh this makes me SO sad! I have so many sparkling friends that are every bit as dear as my fleshy friends..sometimes even MORE SO! I'm so sorry that you lost Monty in the material world...but I bet he introduces himself to you further down the river in the great hereafter! emoticon emoticon
    1846 days ago
    I have also lost friends here on sparkpeople and it is really difficult. We get so close to many of our online friends. It is hard to deal with they are gone for any reason but especially hard in a situation like this. He sounds terrific. I hope memories of him comfort you.
    1854 days ago
    So sorry he's gone - hope WALKINGANNIE is still with us...
    1855 days ago
    1855 days ago
    do you mean Monty 68? if so, He was also my Spark Friend, and he always was my cheerleader, I think he passed in August of last year, it was like I had lost a close life long friend, I did not know that his page had been deactivated,

    I went in and checked, Monty's page is still active, so perhaps, we are talking about 2 different people, but if not, sorry
    1855 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/23/2013 5:34:19 PM
  • --VICKI--
    It's wonderful you found such a supportive friend here on sp. It's sad he's so ill and I can only pray it's not terminal, and he'll come thru this with flying colors. emoticon emoticon
    1855 days ago
  • DAISY443
    It is so sad when some of our wonderful Spark Friends are no longer with us for one reason or another. You have given Marty a wonderful gift with your blog!
    1855 days ago
    I hope Marty is just taking a break from SP and he will return! We have a lot of fantastic people and it is very easy to get attached to them. If he's dead I hope he has friends in heaven as he does here on earth! emoticon emoticon
    1855 days ago
    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful friend. (((HUGS)))
    1855 days ago
    What a nice thing to do for Marty!
    1855 days ago
    HUGS . . . so sorry. . . and what a wonderful tribute to a sparky friend!
    1855 days ago
    I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I did not know him, but your blog is a beautiful tribute to a very special person. Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. Prayers to Marty and his family.

    1855 days ago
    What a wonderful blog. I know that Marty knows about it. ((HUGS))
    1855 days ago
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