Wednesday Morning, May 7th

02008-05-07 | Uncategorized | 25 comments

I am sad to let you know that Dad passed away this morning at around five o’clock. I unfortunately missed him just by a few hours. They had checked on him around midnight and he was ok and in no pain, by the next round in the morning he had passed away in his sleep.

With dad in 1991?
In Santa Fe around 1991. Photo by Eric Swanson.Ottokar - 1
Winking – that photo always makes me smile.

His eyes were so blue.
One of my favorite pics of dad is in the “Opium”-CD booklet, but I can’t find that on my computer.


  1. mario

    rest in preace

  2. Carol

    Oh, I’m so sorry Ottmar.

  3. Gerry

    So sorry to hear of your loss.
    Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for my father or brother when they passed away.
    Time and travel defeated me.
    My brothers’ passing was incredibley difficult, the hardest period of my life so far.
    I think that they felt the love I had for them while they were alive and I try to take comfort in this.
    Take Care

  4. Victor

    My deepest condolences on your Dad passing. Re: second photo – That’s the wink only a father can give!

  5. patrick dameth

    “…what now are only eyes to you, will be but stars in nights to come.”
    -Friedrick Rückert.

  6. laura

    Oh Ottmar, I’m sad to read this. I wish him peace on the journey.

  7. eric

    My condolences.

  8. curt

    So sorry to hear. My thoughts are with you Ottmar. Take care.

  9. dave

    My condolences.

  10. wdl

    sorry to hear that it look like your dad was alot of fun to be around and am shure he was very proud of you !

  11. michael

    With sympathy and empathy.

  12. v2or

    Im Sorry to hear that. My condolences

  13. yumi gasshō.

  14. Anna

    Ottmar, I am so very sorry for your loss

  15. will

    In celebration of a long life lived, many lives touched, and happy memories made.

  16. alaskaal

    My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  17. Diran

    Sorry to hear that.If a person leaves to talk about after passes away,that’s the best treasure…

  18. Rik

    If my memory serves me about what you’ve written regarding your dad, you truly enjoyed him while he was here. May the memories made and the experiences shared with him cause you to smile and your spirits to be lifted.

  19. steve1

    yes .. gasshō.

  20. marc-n-tx

    Ottmar – I am sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  21. Laurie

    i am saddened to hear of your loss of your father – i hope you find peace and joy in your memories of him. The man I work for, sadly, just passed away and this was read at his memorial:

    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Everything remains as it was.
    The old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no sorrow in your tone.
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without effort
    Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was.
    There is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner.
    All is well. Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting, when we meet again.

  22. snakecharmer

    My condolences

  23. ricardo mino

    From Spain, I am very sorry Ottmar.

  24. Jim D

    I’m sorry to hear about your loss. My condolences.

  25. rodaniel

    Very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. As I learned when my Mom passed back in February, it seems that no amount of mental preparation is anywhere near sufficient. Weeks down the road, I still find myself almost picking up the phone to share some exciting bit of news or interesting tidbit. I hope your many fond memories are a great comfort during this trying time.


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