Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ron Scheer

A very fine man has left us. Ron Scheer has died. It is at times like this that I realize how truly inadequate words are. But they are the tools we have. 

I did not meet Ron in real life. I knew him from the blogging world. I first came to know him because he had interests like mine in western literature. From that commonality sprang a sense of friendship. I visited his blog day after day, not just to read his writings about western fiction, which were erudite and insightful, but to take a few moments to visit with him on this new world's front porch. 

In that virtual world, Ron lived just down the dirt road from me. I knew what he looked like. I knew how he talked. I knew his opinions and felt his kindness. I was his friend, and I miss him.

There are more words about Ron, including some from his wife, Lynda, over at David Cranmer's blog
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22 comments:

Cloudia said...

Condolences on losing your friend





ALOHA from Honolulu,
ComfortSpiral
=^..^=

Chris said...

A big loss, no doubt about it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm sorry! Sucks to lose a friend, virtual or otherwise.

Vesper said...

I am so very sorry, Charles. My condolences to his family and his friends.

sage said...

Thank you for the news, as sad as it is. I knew he wasn't doing well, but kept hoping. Like you, I connected with him over his interest of the American West, but some of the best writings I've read over the past year were those weekly updates on how he was doing battling cancer. May his family find condolences in their grief.

Keith West said...

I hate to hear to this. My condolences to all who knew him in the flesh and online.

Randy Johnson said...

I found Ron the same way. He would drop ny the blog occasionally to comment(usually on western films), but he quite often left notes on Goodreads about a review I left, sometimes recommending more reads.

And like you, I looked on him as living just down the street and liked visiting him also. Consider him one of many friends I've made in our little community and miss him already.

Lisa said...

I am so very sorry Charles

Charles Gramlich said...

Cloudia, thanks.

Chris, yes indeed.

Alex, very true.

Vesper, yes.

Sage, I hope so. I know it will take time.

Keith, amen.

Randy, yes, I always enjoyed the comments he made about reviews, or on my blog of course.

Lisa, thanks.

Aimless Writer said...

Sending prayers.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Charles, I'm going to miss Ron too, I find it very hard to believe that he is gone.

Ty said...

Sorry to hear about your friend. My thoughts are with him, his family and friends.

Greg said...

I'm sorry about Ron. I never knew him, but I'm sure he was a good man.

Charles Gramlich said...

Aimless, I'm sure his family appreciates it.

Prashant, Yes, I know. He had become a fixture in the blogosphere.

Ty, thanks.

Greg, he was.

Richard Prosch said...

It's a weird disconnect losing Ron. He was always around with a review or a new blog post. And like you and Randy, his friendship felt more neighborly than any of my physical-world neighbors. Thanks for the great post.

Oscar said...

It's hard to believe that Ron is no longer with us. We will miss him and his inspiring comments.

Charles Gramlich said...

Richard, yes, I've really been missing his posts/visits.

Oscar, amen.

Riot Kitty said...

I'm sorry. I know what you mean about the virtual road. Sometimes it seems like we're closer to the online friends than the in-the-flesh ones.

Charles Gramlich said...

Riot kitty, sometimes easier to stay in touch.

jodi said...

Charles-So sorry. The loss of a friend real or virtual is hard. Good friends are so rare. :(

Charles Gramlich said...

Jodi, very true.

David Cranmer said...

This loss has been staggering. Ron had become family.