Susan

One of the reasons why this blog remains six years on from its hesitant inception despite the absence of relevant news on a consistent basis and, I sometimes wonder, if not against my better judgement, is that a community was forged around it which I’ve always respected and appreciated enormously, and, in the main, very much enjoyed being part of. It is with sadness that I therefore feel duty bound to inform anyone who is, or has at one time been a fellow member of this often strange band of ‘Irregulars’ that dear Susan has lost her battle with cancer, which she has fought since May 2006 with such bravery and in a spirit that has humbled and inspired in equal measure.

I just wanted to say that, if you’re somehow downtrodden or encumbered by life’s heavy toil, perhaps feeling sorry for yourself today, take a moment to think of Susan and what she’s been through. She refused to let her chin drop and for that alone, never mind her kindness and humour and grace, I’ll never forget her.

Shine On, Susan.

85 comments

  1. Nate

    Such sad news.

    My thoughts are with her family and friends at this time.

    There are many friends here who never actually met her but have had the pleasure of her company for so long now via this wonderful blog.

    Shine On Susan indeed!

  2. Becky

    Oh no… I am so sorry. Susan was a dear person with a strong and enviable spirit. So beautiful.

    My sympathies to her friends (online and off) and her family.

  3. Gabrielle, Washington State

    Heartbroken … don’t know what to say.

    Shine on, Susan! I’ll always remember you.

  4. Michèle

    Susan, you were such a great friend, always positive, so tolerant, so kind and helpful to everyone, especially in the chatroom. Tu nous as donné une telle leçon de courage, thank you. This is a beautiful photo of you, I will forever remember your smile.

    Enjoy that cruise in Heaven.

    My thoughts are with your family, especially your (as you so often called him) wonderful husband.

  5. Simon J

    This online community that we are all a part of, has lost a great friend.

    A very fantastic and wonderful person in our little community, she will be sorely missed.

    It just hit home how close-knit and tight this blog really is. To Fed, and David Gilmour, thank you for creating it.

    Simon J

  6. Erin

    Dear David, FEd and All,

    Thank you so much for putting this up. Renee called me this morning, and I couldn’t believe it. I’m still in shock. I talk to Susan every couple of weeks and last time I talked to her, she was still in Remission and doing well.

    Susan was one of the strongest people I ever met. Her strength and hope made me stronger. I have so many fond memories of hanging out with her in the Barn, talking about EVERYTHING, music, life, love, war. I’m so glad I had the pleasure to meet her, and know her for the 5 or 6 years that I did.

    Susan was one of the core Irregulars, and I think I can speak on behalf of all of the Irregulars, when I say she will be greatly missed.

    Thank you David and FEd for providing this forum for us. I have met some amazing people on it, including my partner. This forum has, quite literally, changed my life.

    Susan will ALWAYS Shine On, her light was far too bright for this world to extinguish it!

    Love and Peace to you all!

    ~Erin

  7. tracy

    OH NO, I’M SO SAD, I WAS HOPING SHE HAD GOTTEN RID OF THAT CANCER.

    MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS. I ENJOYED EVERY TIME WE TALKED IN CHAT, I WILL MISS HER. 🙁

  8. George Gipe

    Such sad news. Thank you, FEd, for passing this on to us and for the warm tribute to Susan. She really was an inspiration to all of us. I can only hope, that if put in the same situation, we all could have the same tenacity and fight she had.

    Peace to you and your family, Susan.

  9. Thomas O'Connell

    Fed, what you have just written is so true, for Susan had a heart of gold. I can remember getting a phone call from her wondering how I was doing when she was going through so much pain herself. She will always be in my heart as a true sister.

    By the way that picture of her was taken on an Alaskan cruise which she and her husband love to go on.

    She will be missed by all,
    Thomas

  10. Melissa(*_*)

    First time I’ve cried in a long time… I’m happy for you Susan, Shine on you crazy diamond.

    Beautiful post Fed, thank you.

  11. Neil Pudney

    Well, it’s been a while and now I’m back here for all the wrong reasons having just seen the news on the Irregulars’ Facebook page. 🙁

    I’m stunned and deeply saddened by this news – Susan’s personality truly did shine through, even if like me you only knew her ‘online’. What a sad, sad day… all those that loved her will be in my thoughts.

    Sleep peacefully Susan.

    Neil

  12. Angelo Ortiz

    I had the fortune of meeting Susan on my trip from NYC to Cali in 2006. I remember that “Smile”, waiting on line to get into Jay Leno to see David on the summer stage there. She was such a pleasantly warm soul. She loved NYC pizza and I loved teasing her about my easy access to it.

    I often thought of her as I early downed that triangular piece of heaven. I was heartbroken and elated every time she shared any disappointing or good news of her battle.

    Susan, I will never again eat a pizza without thinking of you. I will always feel that smile, and to that end I will cue that song up in your honor.

  13. Christy

    Thank you everyone for your wonderful words about my Aunt. She spoke often and very highly of her blog ‘Family’. She fought a long and hard battle but we should all take comfort in knowing she is finally at peace.

    Christy

    • FEd

      My deepest condolences to your family, Christy. We’re going to miss Susan terribly around here, her humour and determination in particular, yet our loss is a mere fraction of yours. As you say, we can all take comfort from the fact that she is at peace now.

  14. Lucia

    I just knew about that and I am really sorry… I didn’t attend the blog for a long time but I have a really lovely memory about you all. What made it great are people who helped Fed to build this lovely world I feel happy I’ve been part of. Susan was one of them and she is part of my memories.

    So thank you, Susan. Rest in peace.

  15. Phoenix

    As constant as the northern star, Susan was and ever shall be. I will miss her strength in the face of such adversity, her humor and dignity, and my thoughts go out to her family.

    Rest well, dear lady. You’ve earned it, cos you’re the best.

  16. hydrea

    Susan was one of my best friends here.

    Sorry, but now I’m speechless.

    Rest in peace my friend.

  17. Alessandra

    I just read this post and I don’t know what to say.

    I’m so sorry for Susan and for her family. It doesn’t matter if I never personally met her. Being part of the blog community is enough to make me feel like I knew her.

    Shine on, Susan.

  18. Taki

    My deepest condolences to Susan’s family. What else can I say, except that I wish their pain will fade away fast and be replaced by the good memories of their beloved…

    Best regards,

    Taki

    PS. I wish I was a native English speaker, so that I could express myself better…

  19. Jersey Mike

    I am in tears over this news. It has been a long time since I’ve written on the Blog, and I have been trying to compose myself before I could compose this note.

    As so many have said, Susan was such an inspiration to so many. Her ability to battle on through tough odds was a testament to the human spirit. Her human spirit.

    I, like so many others, reached out to her over the years to encourage her in her fight with cancer. Every time she was knocked down, she would pick herself up and prepare for the next round.

    For several years, I’ve had my own struggles with my health. Last year things became critical and I finally received a diagnosis of POEMS Syndrome. A very rare blood disease caused by a cancerous lesion on my left femur. The treatment was 6 weeks of radiation last winter.

    Susan was extremely supportive of me both before my diagnosis and during and after treatment. She imparted her experience in battling illness and helped me keep things in perspective. On so many levels. She will remain an inspiration for me as I go forward with uncertainties of my own future. I so grateful for her friendship.

    And on that note, FEd, her friendship and so many others’ here reflects on the community you have spoken of. I am glad to have met all of you.

    • D.Q.

      Hope you are clear of everything Mike. The trip you must have been through this last year must have been pretty scary. (The loneliness and helplessness one can feel during the darkest hours is something one can’t describe to someone who has never experienced a major health issue.) Anyway, hope you come out of it 100% cured. Best wishes with your recovery and remission. Take care. Hope your strength is back.

  20. Renee

    Haven’t been here in a while and now it is under very sad news.

    This blog has blessed me with some wonderful people. Susan was one of those people. Although I have never met her in person, she holds a special place in my heart. We talked last around Super Bowl time when her beloved Steelers were up against my beloved Packers. We had a great time ribbing each other. I cried this morning and like Melissa it has been a while since I have done anything like that. Susan has touched many and I know she is looking down on us smiling and that she is in a better place.

    I only hope this band of Irregulars can come together again and have a Barnfest to remember Susan.

    We will miss you Susan. 🙁

    XOXOXO

  21. NewYorkDan

    Some members of this community are like dear friends to me, even having never met a single one face-to-face. This has become an important community to me. And I find myself responding to this news about Susan with a great deal of sadness. My thought is straight from that familiar song, you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone. Sometimes you don’t even stop to think about what someone means to you until that person is no longer around.

    My thought now, having still just read this news, is that we must take the time to let our friends and loved ones know just what they mean to you. There are too many people in this blog and chatroom to name individually, but many of you are just like good friends. Please know that I love this community very much. Thanks to each irregular for sharing so much with us over these past six years or so. And thank you, F’Ed, for moderating and making this community possible.

    I’m going to tell at least one of my friends today (friends whose faces I actually see) that I love them, and why I am telling them that. I know just who that person will be. It just feels like the right time to do that.

  22. Damian Cunningham

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Susan’s family, she is at peace now.

    I know people out there are not religious, I’m not, religion is man made, but I am quite spiritual and I know there is a heaven and a god. You have to have something to believe in, even David felt the power in a holy place. Sorry if I’m a bit deep here but hey ho.

    Love to you all
    Damian.

  23. frank par

    I feel for you Christy and family. We’ve never met . Only through the Blog. Susan will be missed.

    Thanks Fed, for keeping us informed here.

  24. Bella G.

    My sincerest condolences to Susan’s family, friends and loved-ones, including those on The Blog.

    What a terrible loss.

    Bella

  25. Pavlov

    “Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind…” ~ William Wordsworth

    Being a newcomer to the blog, I did not have the privilege of making Susan’s acquaintance.

    Heartfelt sympathies to family, friends and this most special community.

  26. sara castillo

    Susan,

    Your love for this music, this life and all around you is inspirational. You are the bravest person that I have ever met. Your smile, the gleam in your eye, your love for your LouisJean and your other dogs is just a small piece of the you we knew and loved. I know you are resting and in a better place. The hardest part is knowing that I can never see or speak with you again.

    Rest in peace, until we meet again.
    Sara

  27. Marcus Buick

    I first met Susan and her husband Gary in San Francisco before a dinner date with Erin. We met at a bar near the Marina district. Susan and her husband were leaving to go on a cruise the next day from San Francisco. Erin and Susan were gabbing like barflies and Gary and I ended up doing the same thing. We spoke about life, politics, buying a home, and how to take advantage of the many credit scenarios of the day (this was 2007, a seemingly very different time). For the life of him, Gary couldn’t understand why people online had formed such a strong bond over David.

    We discussed music, people, care giving and compassion. Gary and Susan were perfect for each other. The one thing I think he saw in Erin and I was that we weren’t some crazy, freaky or strange online weirdoes, we were real, normal, everyday folks. Folks who may not live down the street whose kids play with their kids; We are simply people who share a common bond, a similar love, and a downright crazy passion for all things David. We live miles, states, countries, and even continents away. These bonds were formed because of David’s wonderful music and of course the website/blog/forum/community thingy guided all the way through by the Fantastic FEd.

    Just because David doesn’t do something every day or every year doesn’t really matter. He’s already done it. And it is this art that we love, that we cherish, and for those of us lucky enough, we get to hear every day.

    I’m just really sad that Susan isn’t here to enjoy this art with us everyday anymore.

    By the end of our time together, I think Gary understood, and appreciated, a little better why we love David, and each other, as much as we do. We have a strong community because we have strong beliefs. We believe great things. This is why we fit so well with the things David does and believes. Susan had this in spades! Had I known it would be the last time I’d see Susan the hug I gave her would have been longer and more intense.

    Susan, please say hi to Richard and to Syd for us. I look forward to when we meet again.

  28. Ullie

    What for sad news. Susan was such a great friend, a wonderful caring person, and I will miss her bunches. I knew her for over 5 years and hoped that she would win her battle against cancer, and I really thought that she would win it. Didn’t hear from her for a few weeks and was worried, but I am in deep shock now.

    My sympathies go out to her husband Gary and her family.

  29. victor

    susan was one of the irregulars i won’t forget. i remember when she won the on an island t-shirt with the logo made out of swarovski crystals and was so thrilled to win. i was happy for her then and i’m happy for her now to be free from pain and at peace.

    shine on, susan.

  30. KenF

    Oh no, this is just terrible news and the last thing I wanted to hear.

    I come home from a beautifully sunny, warm weekend after celebrating my son’s Stag do, before his forthcoming Wedding. To hear this about our dear Susan, is just devastating and totally out of the blue.

    FEd, thank you for your wonderful words as a tribute to Susan. As ever, you speak for the majority of ‘Irregulars’ here, in such an eloquent way.

    Unfortunately, I never had the pleasure of meeting Susan, but through this conduit (and FB) I was honoured to have become one of her friends.

    She showed enormous courage and grace during her fight against the accursed cancer she so bravely endured. We are all better people for having known her.

    My deepest condolences to Christy and all her family and friends.

    P.S. It’s strangely ironic, especially in view of the comments raised on the previous Blog, in response to the post made by ‘Circle’. Perhaps because of this mournful occasion, he will now appreciate why this blog is what it is. (No disrespect to you BTW, Circle.)

  31. KenF

    As a memorial tribute, consider making this as a ‘playlist’ to remember her by.

    Sorrow
    Until We Sleep
    So Far Away
    A Pocketful Of Stones
    Near The End

    No Way
    Eclipse
    I Can’t Breathe Anymore
    Goodbye Blue Sky
    High Hopes
    Burning Bridges
    On The Turning Away
    Red Sky At Night
    Smile

    Remember A Day
    .
    Is There Anybody Out There
    .
    Poles Apart
    .

    We miss you Susan, Shine On… 🙁

  32. lorraine

    Susan was just the most amazing person. I loved her dearly and will miss her terribly.

  33. Pete - Coventry

    Numb with shock!

    It did not seem that long ago that she wrote to me (via Fed) offering advice and support when she heard that Mrs Pete was diagnosed with breast cancer.

    What a lady.

  34. tim_c

    That’s come as quite a shock. Thank you for letting us know F’ed, and for your words. Reading back before I post this I notice we both used the word Grace … I think that’s a very appropriate word.

    I’m lucky enough to have shared the chat-room quite often with Susan and couldn’t hope to “meet” a more warm, unassuming and kind lady.

    Heaven only knows the demons that Susan and her family must have fought these past 5 years, but it’s a testimony to her grace and courage that she remained an illuminating presence on this blog.

    It seems to me that Susan had come to terms with her own mortality and I hope that this can be true for her family also. It’s the times that we share in this life that are important, not the time that we are apart and the memory of Susan will live on in a great many people.

  35. Rob_P_From_CT

    My deepest condolences go out to all of Susan’s family and friends. She really was a fun and inspiring person to chat with, most of all she was always positive and caring.

    Christy, your aunt was a very special person as I’m sure you had already known. I am very glad that I was fortunate enough to have been one of those whose lives she had positively touched without her even realizing it.

    All of my sympathies go out to Gary…may she find her in peace in Heaven.

  36. ash

    I can’t believe it. Susan was always so positive and happy, I really thought she’d beaten it.

    Rest in Peace Susan.

    ash X

  37. Howard Bayliss

    This is just devastating news. I had kept in touch with her for years, sharing her ups and downs in this most horrible of battles. We talked several months ago and she was in remission and felt that the war was won. With life so busy I hadn’t emailed her in a while… this is such a blind-side… I don’t know what more to say. She was such a wonderful woman.

    Howard

  38. snow

    I didn’t know Susan, I do know it’s very hard for family and friends when a loved one passes away. My thoughts are with these people.

    I also hope Susan is in a better place, is in peace and is no longer suffering.

    Loved ones do shine on in our hearts forever.

  39. D.Q.

    Awful. Awful. Awful. Beyond Awful. What a wonderful lady. What nice eyes. Cancer is so slow and gawdawful. This is terrible!!! Simply beyond awful.

    Wish I could give you a big hug Gary. There’s absolutely nothing worse than the death of a loved one. Sigh.

    I’m reminded of Truman Capote–he was musing about Marilyn Monroe, whom he knew and once asked, “Why does life have to be so (expletives deleted) sometimes?”

  40. Sharon Woods

    Aloha Oe.

    Until we meet again.

    There’s a beautiful belief in Hawai’i, that when you pass, your soul leaps off a sacred cliff and returns to the sea to become one with a totem animal that you honored throughout life, your ‘aumakua.

    Susan, may you become a pure spirit creature of sea, air and song.

    • GianLuca

      That is so beautiful. Thank you Sharon.

      I am sure when we die our energy converts into something and somehow infuses more energy.

      This little community is all bound with Susan’s beloved ones.

      You can count on us, we share something precious and eternal.

      Thanks FEd.

    • Sharon Woods

      I can hardly believe it myself.
      This is so rare: for a birder such as myself,
      once in a lifetime.
      Perched off the highway today,
      my husband and I both saw a white hawk–
      an albino, pure as snowfall. Smooth and white as marble, I’d have thought it to be a joke until its head turned. No doubt, a buteo sized bird, perhaps what would under normal circumstances be called a redtailed hawk: but white, so how do you tell?!
      As soon as I saw it, I made my husband turned around on the spot, where we both saw it fly– low, across the highway: pure white, the sun lighting up the top surface of its wings.

      I like to think I saw Susan’s ‘aumakua!

  41. Penny

    I was never lucky enough to meet Susan, in person. But, I miss her. What a beautiful and sweet woman. Her strength and perseverance shined through all she endured.

    I send my sincere and deepest condolences to her family and friends.

    The earth seems a bit empty and lonely with out her now.

    Be at peace and Shine on, Sweet Susan,

    Penny

  42. Bruce

    I’m terribly sorry to hear this news. I will always remember her for her cheerfulness and bright nature.

    RIP Susan, shine on.

  43. Simon Gair

    Dear All,

    Sad news and I never knew Susan at all. Reminded me of what my wife is going through with breast cancer and made me think of Rick and how much I miss him.

    The site may well be occupied by us old and new Floyd fans alike and it may seem a little strange to people on the outside. But the Floyd gave us politics and it gave us a sense of humanity and a sense of belonging and a sense of caring.

    That is why we celebrate Susan today and from what I have read she was a lovely lady who deserves the tributes here.

    ‘Every year is getting shorter never seem to find the time…’

    Maybe we should?

    Simon xx

    PS. Thanks as always FEd.

  44. Piero

    I’ve never had the fortune to meet her. My sincerest condolences to Christy, the whole family and friends.

    Piero

  45. Hoss

    My deepest condolences to Susan’s family. Wish there was something more I could do or say.

    Hoss

  46. Ullie

    Here is the Obituary her husband Gary wrote, beautiful words for a beautiful person, words cannot describe how I miss her and my heart goes out to Gary, her family and friends.

    • Sharon Woods

      I’ve got chicken skin. Not to mention tears.

      We live on the opposite side of the continent from you but our ‘ohana is your ‘ohana, Gary.

      My mother is taking chemotherapy for breast cancer through December.

  47. Andrew

    Very sad to log on and read this terrible news. Cancer is a such a cruel thing. Deepest condolences to all of Susan’s family which includes the family she created here.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  48. Jimmie James

    My heart goes out to all who knew her… I am sorry to hear about this. May peace be upon her family and friends.

    It’s not easy. I know, it was just one year ago today that my father (59) was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, approximately two months prior to his passing.

    Early detection could have saved him, or at least gave him a fighting chance!

  49. Amedeo

    Very sad. My condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

  50. Lynn

    I am so very sorry to hear this news. Susan touched so many lives. This blog page is such a beautiful tribute to her.

    Sending my deepest condolences to Christy and the rest of Susan’s family, as well as all the bloggers here.

  51. Ian Pearson

    In one way glad to have just come on here. Don’t post much now but feel a belonging on here, a strange family and hearing about Susan just reinforces that meaningful connection that we share here. I am sure that Susan got strength here and she will always be here and never go away.

    Take care all of you.

    Ian x

  52. BarbaraP

    Cancer. What an ugly word and disease that takes our loved ones. It has visited my family too often and broken the hearts of all family members left behind.

    To Susan’s family, I will remember you in my prayers as I pray for a cure to be found for such an awful disease. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Barbara P

  53. Pavlov

    A friend reminded me of this poem. The author is unknown but what a powerful statement!

    What Cancer Cannot Do

    Cancer is so limited…
    It cannot cripple love.
    It cannot shatter hope.
    It cannot corrode faith.
    It cannot eat away peace.
    It cannot destroy confidence.
    It cannot kill friendship.
    It cannot shut out memories.
    It cannot silence courage.
    It cannot reduce eternal life.
    It cannot quench the Spirit.

    ~Author Unknown

  54. Elisabetta Corsi - Italy N.E.

    I just read this sad news today and I’m so sorry.

    My condolences to all family and friends here.

    Death is part of life, for those believing she rests now in the Easter glory.

    Rest in peace.

    Elisabetta

  55. Mike in Michigan

    I haven’t stopped by here in a long time, so I am shocked to see this news.

    My sincerest condolences to her family, friends and her colleagues here, as well as all the Irregulars who had the opportunity for Susan to touch their lives. She will be missed.

    Mike

  56. Fran

    🙁

    It’s clear that Susan was loved here and will be missed.

    May she rest in peace.

  57. diana

    Bye bye Susan.

    I’m not so lucky to believe a different life in the heaven, but may you rest in peace, and if possible, give a kiss to Syd and Rick… it’s so heavy thinking they’re no more here as you.

    diana

  58. Matt

    Wow, just found this and I’m very saddened indeed.

    Susan was and will continue to be a guiding light for all of us…

    “Sail on… Sail on, across the sea
    Ride the waves, feel the breeze.
    Sail on, there’s no other way I’d rather be…”

  59. suzysmith

    I am sorry to hear that Susan was called to leave this planet so early in life. At least now she is no longer in pain and hopefully greeted by loved ones. From all the comments, it sounds as though she made a positive imprint here. Therefore, her spirit will live on through those that were lucky enough to know her.

  60. Angelo Ortiz

    Remembering fond memories of waiting outside The Tonight Show with Susan and some of our fellow bloggers. 🙂

  61. Abigail Paige

    When a ship sails away from a port, she disappears beyond the horizon. It does not mean she is no more. Soon she will be sailing into another port and make her presence known.