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January 21, 2009


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Oh Charles, thank you for your eloquent and moving tribute to Editha and I too share your prayers for comfort for her family and a miracle. Fleeting life - this has been a theme resonating through my thoughts this past few weeks. A wonderful reminder to pause and reflect instead of rushing on by.

xo Carol


I'm sorry your community is facing such sadness after this senseless accident.

elaine d

So sorry to hear such sad news. We'll be praying for Editha & her family.


So sorry to hear this!

Mo aka Maureen aka Grandmother aka Mum

Oh Charles. Thank you so much for writing this lovely blog about Editha. My heart aches as she is such a part of the fabric of your building and her loving care of not only her 'own children' but yours as well is a fond memory. My love and prayers for Editha, all of 122 and Editha's family.

M xox


Words fail me right now, but I did want to say how lovely and loving I think it is that you went and spent time with Editha, because it seems to be just the thing she would have done, and just the thing I would have wanted for my family member - to know that she was loved and not alone.

Lucy Moran

Thanks so much Charles,
Love to you all, Lucy & Stu


Thank you so much. That was a nice thing to say to a dear friend of mine. She will be miss. I will treasure the memories we had together. Thank you for bieng nice to all the amah's in 122.
god bless Editha and her family.


Louise M

There are things we don't want to happen but have to accept; truths we don't want to know but have to learn; people we can't live without but have to let go

You may not think the world needed you, but it did. For you were unique: like no one that has ever been before or will come after. No one can speak with your voice; say your piece; smile your smile; or shine your light. No one can take your place for it was yours alone to fill. Because you are not here to shine your light, who knows how many travellers will lose their way as they try to pass by your empty place in the darkness.

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.

This was my memoriam for my son on his 3rd Angle day and after your beautiful tribute to Edith and her unfortunate death, I thought it was fitting to send to you and Tess. Please pass on my condolences to her family.

Charmaine Graham

It sounds as if Edith was truly loved and appreciated by your community, friends and family. Her death is so shocking for everyone I am sure, and I know she will be missed. Charmaine


i am so very sorry for such a loss. what a beautiful, sunny smile she had in that picture. i pray her family and dear friends will find comfort in these sad days. hugs.

Carmen and Modesto Alonso

We're the parents of Dora Tartaglia, who employed Editha for a few years. We met this wonderful human being when we visited our daughter about five years ago and were greatly impressed by the warmth and caring she displayed towards us, Dora and her family and two other of our daughters who visited their sister in Hong Kong. We knew her less than two months but she's lived in our memories ever since. When we returned to the States we exchanged letters with her more than once and in her last one she wrote: "You remind me of my parents, always looking to solve my problems. I'll care for Dora, Sofia and Christian in your absence".

We're enormously saddened by her death. Most painful is to know that a life that was almost totally filled with generosity and sacrifice has suddenly and prematurely ended. Upon developments like this one we have to pause and reflect about our values.

It seems to us that life would be but a series of connected but mostly empty moments if it were not for our belief in a Supreme Being who has designs on the creatures He allows to populate His creation. In other words, there must be reasons why such tragedies happen every day, far more numerous than we can imagine. We obviously can't fathom such reasons and so must remain humble in our ignorance.

I cried, something very rare in me, when I read the news in a message from Dora. We want to express to Editha's family our deepest felt condolences and tell them how highly we thought of her. If some of the readers of this note can relay these thoughts to them we'll be very grateful.

We've already prayed to God that Editha's soul be allowed to join Him in eternal peace and hope that her family receive a measure of acceptance.

Carmen and Modesto Alonso


Tess and Charles, I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful lady, friend and caretaker in your community. I am praying for Editha, her family and her many friends.


Dora Alonso Tartaglia

Tess & Charles,
Thank you for sharing this blog, a small tribute to Editha. She lived with us for almost 4 years and will forever be part of our happiest memories. She was one of those special people you meet if you are lucky, where unconditional giving was an intrinsic part of her nature; a true angel who couldn't help but show her love and affection for everyone. We will always keep her in our hearts and our prayers go out to her family whose loss is immeasurable.
Dora, Robert, Sofia & Christian Tartaglia

Super B's Mom

So sorry to hear of the loss of such a dear friend.


I am very sorry to hear about the loss, and wish courage and strength to Editha's family and friends.


I am so sorry Charles. My thoughts are with you and your children and Editha's family and friends.

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