|Posted on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 02:47 am: ||
It was so neat to have an e-mail vicariously from Albert. Yes, I posted a poem and when it came back from Albert, I just got chills and even though I had never met him face to face...I have known him through his soul and humor and love for all of us and dedication and selflessness...may we write of Albert often. He made it possible for us.
Again....so special to have an e-mail when having posted my poem in Starlite that says my poem is posted by Albert. Keep up the great work, Albert....there's a bit more ink in Heaven and may you come in close contact with the best, as you are.
|Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 12:58 am: ||
Dearest Keith and family I am terribly sorry for your loss it is hard to lose a loved one I have lost many in my lifetime just about two years ago I lost an uncle so I know how you feel my love sympathy and condolences be with you and your family in this time of sadness.
Albert spread your wings and fly my dearest friend for you will always be remembered in our hearts and souls love to you from your family at the starlite cafe.
|Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 02:28 am: ||
Dear Keith, Starlite and Albert's Family....and even You, Albert.
I have been out of sync for a few weeks and did not know of Albert's passing until April 30th, 2:24 am. I am so, so sorry.
Albert, You are a true Starlite Angel.
You helped me through some real hard times in Starlite. You helped me to see the light and loved me as a Starlite Sister, unconditionally.
We have had our share of laughs at funny things.
May they continue on and on and on.
To live; to love to learn and leave a Legacy.....Albert, you did.
I am forever indebted to you and will always treasure our friendship.
May your place in Heaven be filled with ink and pen to write in the Heavens ink a most beautiful sunset.
|Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 12:58 am: ||
Keith my condolences go out to you and your family in this difficult time. We will miss Albert terribly for he gave us such sunshine each day to write our poems at the Starlite cafe. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to you and his family. We will miss him terribly
|Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 10:10 pm: ||
Thank you for letting us know about Albert's
service. It is a comfort.
Most of all, a huge Thank You
to you and your wife
for taking care of him during
the last few months.
To have the love, support,
and care of
his brother is an
immense treasure and blessing.
Albert will live on in our hearts.
He made a home for so many
to come to in time of need.
He is a shining star.
My sincere condolences to
you and your family over the
great loss you have suffered.
My thoughts are
with you and your family.
(Message edited by missing on April 19, 2007)
|Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 10:11 am: ||
Hi Keith, I lost my brother just on three years ago now, so I have some understanding of how you must be feeling, which means that taking the time to leave a message for us Starliters shows that not only was Albert a wonderful human being, his brother is pretty good too.
Albert made this troubled world a richer place by his prescence here. I wouldn't worry about not being a poet your message flowed with eloquence and grace.
|Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 09:52 am: ||
Dear Keith and family..Thank you for sharing that with us.Albert will never be forgotten and his words and poetry will live on and comfort us,as I hope it does his family.I hope you can find peace in the fact that he is at rest ..with no pain..God bless you all
|Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 09:36 am: ||
Dear Keith and family ~ All the words have been
said over and over. I just add my sorrow along
with the others. You have lost a brother, we
have lost our 'Hero'. He was a remarkable young
man and I cannot believe he had the 'vision' to
start this wonderful place he named 'The Starlite
Cafe'. I am so glad that he lived to see it
blossom and become HOME for so many of us. Truly
a family place where hearts reach out to each
other whether in love or sympathy. Whatever the
need - the Starlite poets are always there for
each other. Thank you for sharing your loved
one with us. We are and shall continue to share
in your sorrow. Yet we must beging to celebrate
the life of Albert as I am sure he would want us
to do. God bless you and all the family as well.
With much love ~ Mary Anne ~ 'God's Little Whispers' ^j^
"The greater your spirit grows, the less any of
the stuff of the world will matter." AirJesus.Com
|Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 07:43 pm: ||
My thoughts are also with you and your family. I know I have already told you, but I admire you so very much for the loving care you gave to your brother during his illness.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 09:49 pm: ||
Thank you Keith....Albert has a very special brother....My thoughts remain with you all
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 01:33 pm: ||
Keith, I dont knw WHAT ALbert told you about me,
I'll say this however, during his life we were just like Meir Kahane and Ehud Olmert. Strangely , in his passing, we are more like Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman. And Cancer was his .......John Wilkes Booth. Your Brother was a fine Captain, Keith. Shaloam, from this Zionist Christian.
Lewis Findley - SLC Member 1-25-2001 to Present.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 10:22 am: ||
Tears continue to flow in Three Rivers Mi
It has been so hard to say goodbye to a man who was a part of the family. One who touched our lives... Touched our hearts... and Held our hands in friendship. May he rest in peace. We will never forget him.
With Deepest Sympathy Respect and Love
Velvet Mist and Misted Knight.
Amber and Rick Boyle
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 10:05 am: ||
I am very sorry to hear that Albert is gone. Iíve cried so many tears since this weekend,over his passing and my only comfort is to know that heís in a better place now.No more pain and suffering for Albert now. Iíll always remember Albert as that very dear friend that I never got the chance to meet. I am so saddened and shocked beyond words,for our loss. Well, today is already Tuesday, and still canít believe that Albert is gone.And so I am in mourning too!My most heartfelt condolences go to all his family, and legion of friends everywhere in the world.Albert will always be missed and remembered by me and all of us here at the Starlite cafť.And each and all of you are in my heart and prayers.
May God bless you all!
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 06:31 am: ||
Your brother brought happiness to so many people with the Starlite Cafe. He enabled poets to weave friendships across oceans and across religious boundaries. He was indeed a special gentleman. I was happy to hear the Rabbi played guitar and sang. Obviously, he knew Albert well. Thank you for stopping by. At this point in your life, it was very special and much appreciated. May Albert rest in peace. Lydi**
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 06:19 am: ||
It is so nice to meet you. Welcome to the wonderful place that your wonderful brother Albert created. Thank you so much for your very kind letter to us and letting us know about Albert's service. It is very thoughtful of you to share with us. It was a privelede to know and be friends with your brother Albert. He was likea brother to me, and at times like a father. But most of all, he was my friend. And he has touched my life more than I could ever say. Because of him, I have a family.
I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to your family. And I hope to see you around Starlite Cafe, and get to know you!
Hugs from Indiana
Starliter since 8/22/1998
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 02:29 am: ||
Dear Mr. Keith Victor,
It's nice to on-line meet your acquaintance.
I couldn't sleep tonight thinking about Albert and praying and thinking he is no longer with us.
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. (((Keith)))
Please accept my most sincere condolences.
I can only imagine God having given the title of Poet Laureate to Albert once he entered the gates of Heaven.
Thank you ever so much for being so kind and thoughtful as to visit us at the cafe and inform all of us how beautiful Albert's ceremony was. Bless your heart for being extremely brave to sit by your brother's side and keep watch over his daily needs. This is what brothers are meant for to love and take care of each other through the many years of one's life. You shall be truly blessed by God our Father in heaven. You are such an incredible person to give of himself and leave all else behind to stay by Albert. Thank you, Keith. I thank God you exsisted to care for Albert.
You claim you are not a poet? You are related to Albert. With this, I believe it would only take you a few verses to get going. I pray we will all hear from you again, Keith. After all, family is family.
God bless you, Keith.
Love the art, poor as it may be, which thou hast learned, and be content with it; and pass through the rest of life like one who has intrusted to the gods with his whole soul all that he has, making thyself neither the tyrant nor the slave of any man. -Marcus Arelius
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 12:44 am: ||
Keith what a lovely thoughtful thing to do ....come here to this thread and post us about Alberts service and the items that went along with him in his casket. I must tell you that I have cried a numerous amount of tears as I sat here reading the beautiful tributes posted about Albert. And now I sit and tears fall yet again as I read and sincerely thank you for what you have posted here. It is plain to see that both you and Albert were blessed with kind and loving hearts. He shall be missed dearly. Sincerely ~Jacie~
~Jacie Stralko Duca~
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 12:12 am: ||
Thanks Keith for that precious little message you have left us all with ...
For three days I have been stuck with heartache knowing a man who brought us all together is gone. and I have been left without words to speak for I lost my mother through the same illness .. whom was just as young as he was . and so many memories came back to me I read poems wrote for him and was in too much shock I couldn't comment.
May Albert be at peace now though for I know now he is in no more pain..
|Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 - 12:12 am: ||
Keith, I wish I were standing next to you now, because I would wrap you in the biggest hug of all. And I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for providing such loving care to your brother, our friend.
Starlite is still reeling over the loss of your wonderful brother. I've never seen such an outpouring of love as I've seen this weekend.
And thank you also for telling us about the ceremonies today. We may not have been there in person, but we were there in our hearts.
I know this weekend must have been very hard, my friend. God bless you, and thank you for sharing your brother with us.
|Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 11:47 pm: ||
Thank you all for your kind and heart felt sentiments.
I am not a member of this community.
I am Albert's brother, Keith.
I have been taking care of Albert over the past few months. I was with him last Friday morning, as he peacefully passed. And, this afternoon, we laid is body to rest.
It was a beautiful ceremony. The bouquet of flowers that were send by the "cafe" stood next to the casket. I thank you for that.
Albert was eulogized by several members of his family, in addition to the Rabbi. It was made clear how important the startlitecafe was to Albert. My two kids read two of Albert's recent poems, poems that were written after he learned that he was sick.
The Rabbi played his guitar and sung a James Taylor song as part of the ceremony. That was quite nice.
Inside the casket, Albert was buried with two special items:
Tess had recently sent some flowers and along with a purple teddy bear on behalf of the cafe. The bear went along with Albert.
Also, a floppy stuffed doggie that Nancie had recently given Albert was included.
I am not a poet, so my thoughts don't flow onto the page as smoothly as yours.
But, I hope this helps bring closure, and shows you that you meant as much to him, as he means to you.
Thanks for the support;
|Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 08:24 pm: ||
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart to hear we have lost a great Man and Friend. All though I did not get the opportunity of meeting Albert, I know by the way he has touch each and every one of us in one way or another that he will be sorely missed by all. My condolences to his Family and to all who have been touched by Albert's love for Poetry and zest for life. God Bless
|Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 05:53 pm: ||
My heart aches.I know this pain and I know this suffering.Be still Angel you are now at peace with God always.
God Bless Albert's family with peace.
|Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 03:19 pm: ||
My heart is broken and the tears are falling --
Albert gave so much of himself to so many others and he will live forever in each heart that he has touched. I do share in the sorrow at the loss of someone so dear and extend my deepest sympathies to his family and many friends -- I pray that God's loving presence will surround you with peace and comfort and strength during this so difficult a time!
Hebrews 13: 5
.....for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support....not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down!
With much love and many prayers,
|Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 02:54 am: ||
I am saddened beyond words that Albert, whose dedication to The Starlite cafe enrichened some many lives, quite beyond belief, has succumbed to his illness. How I wish there were more people like him in this world, it would be a far far better place. I stumbled into Starlite almost by accident and it has meant so much over the last few years. I've met so many people from all over the world, been able to post my feeble attempts at poetry and been cheered by the sympathy of others through some of my sad times. Life changing is the phrase that springs to mind about Starlite. My deepest sympathy to everyone who was close to him, especially Tess, Lorelei and all his family and friends. He must have been a wonderful man to be with, you could tell that even from this distance from his emails and from his photograph, kindness and a gentle spirit positively flowed out. I'll remember him as a friend I never met. I'm just so so saddened.
|Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 01:10 am: ||
I never knew him personally.Not as some of you have,but I always percieved an honest,honorable man by the poems,few emails we exchanged,etc.
I'm saddened by his loss!
I never understood just how ill he was.
My prayers for the family,and friends he seemed so rich,and blessed with.