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May 2, 2019 7:12 AM CST
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Name: Rick Moses
Derwood, MD (Zone 7b)
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Larry passed away last night. He certainly will be missed. I now have this huge hole in my heart and my life.

I doubt I'll be at the swap.

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LLK: No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.
Pal tiem shree tal ma.
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May 2, 2019 7:53 AM CST
Name: Rj
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Very sorry to hear that.
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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May 2, 2019 8:38 AM CST
Name: Critter (Jill)
Frederick, MD (Zone 6b)
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Oh...


i'm sorry beyond words, sobbing as I type. I've never known a more sweet, charming man. I'm glad your passion for gardening brought him to us. Pretty stinkin' mad at God for allowing him to be taken away.

When you can think, if you think of anything you need, let us know.
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May 2, 2019 8:50 AM CST
Name: Lisa Olson
Washington DC (Zone 7a)
So sorry to hear the news. Larry was such a kind gentleman with a quiet sense of humor. He will be missed.
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May 2, 2019 8:57 AM CST
Name: Terri
Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a)
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Oh no Rick. I am absolutely stunned and incredibly sad. Larry was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed his company when we all got together. I can't believe it. Heartfelt condolences for you.
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May 2, 2019 10:10 AM CST
Name: Pat (Backward Glance)
Lucketts, VA
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Rick,

Larry was such a dear person and will be missed by so many. I was so hoping that this was not going to be your sad news. Our thoughts are with you and we are so sorry for your huge loss.

Hugs,
Pat
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May 2, 2019 10:13 AM CST
Name: Bev
Salem OR (Zone 8a)
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Didn't know Larry but sorry for your loss, Rick.
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May 2, 2019 11:38 AM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Rick, my heart goes out to you. I'm so sad and wish I could give you a big hug right now.
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May 2, 2019 2:54 PM CST
Name: Robin Bunch
Odenton, Maryland (Zone 7a)
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I am so sorry for your loss of Larry, it is heartbreaking and hard to comprehend how life can change forever so quickly. Know that we are here for you and please let us know about arrangements.
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May 2, 2019 3:16 PM CST
Name: Donner
Damascus, MD (Zone 7a)
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Shocked and saddened! So sorry for your loss, Rick!!! Larry was such a gentleman! He will be deeply missed!

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May 2, 2019 6:04 PM CST
Name: Frenchy
Falls Church, VA (Zone 7b)
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Rick, I like the pictures you posted of Larry. Made me cry but its good to see his sweet face. Angel
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May 2, 2019 7:49 PM CST
Name: Sally
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Rick, we are so very sorry for your loss, and our loss of a sweet, friendly man. Thank you for sharing and letting all of us be here for you.
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May 2, 2019 8:08 PM CST
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Name: Rick Moses
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Thank you all for your kind words of support. I stopped by the hospital today to let his nurses know. They were all in tears.

For those of you that don't know, which I guess is everyone...

Tuesday morning, we were going to iHop for breakfast. While crossing the parking lot, he got dizzy. I grabbed his arm, and then his legs started to go. I slowed his descent as best as I could so that he didn't hit his head on the pavement. They took him to Shady Grove ER, where his was diagnosed with severe dehydration. (I was just lecturing him earlier about not drinking enough fluids.) His heart rhythm was all over the place, BP low and O2 sat low. Once he was stable and things settled down, they moved him to an observation room for the night. He was already nagging about going home.

I got there around 10:45 Wednesday morning. One of the aides had been in earlier to check his vitals and noticed that he was wheezing. Off for another chest X-Ray. It came back showing early signs of pneumonia. It was being masked by the dehydration. They hit him up with some powerful antibiotics. The whole time, he wanted to go home.

They released him around 6:30. We got home in time for him to watch David Muir. I made sure he was settled in his chair with explicit instructions that he was only to get up to go to the bathroom. I ran out to get his prescriptions filled and grabbed him an ice cream sundae from Mickey D's. He didn't feel like eating anything, but I figured he would eat that. Wrong. He inhaled it!

After a while, he said it had been a long day and "it was time to go". I followed behind as he climbed up the steps. He looked pretty good and sounded much better. He went in to his room and closed the door. I found him this morning around 7:30 half in and out of bed.

It's going to be a rough couple of weeks.
LLK: No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.
Pal tiem shree tal ma.
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May 2, 2019 9:46 PM CST
Name: Susan
Potomac, MD (Zone 7a)
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Rick,

I am so sorry and saddened for your loss of Larry!
He was such a gentle, kind and sweet soul and I will miss him.

Sharing in you sorrow...
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May 3, 2019 9:42 AM CST
Name: Sue Duff
sewell Nj (Zone 7a)
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Just seeing this Rick- i am so terribly sad and sorry to hear this news. Godspeed to him and hugs/love to you at this time.
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May 3, 2019 9:59 AM CST
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
I'm very sad to hear about your loss, Rick. My prayers are with you today.
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May 3, 2019 2:23 PM CST
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Dear Rick, I am at work and crying reading about Larry, and your loss. You have been taking care of Larry, cooking the delicious food for him and I told him at the Swap early this year how lucky he was to have you----and he just smiled, agreeing with me. So Rick, be happy that you have made him happy----and now he is HOME, and I am glad he went quickly, at home. He did not suffer. There is a big hole, an emptiness, especially for you and for all of us who knew him, a gentle quiet man, but I know that he is happy where he is, I talked to a woman who had 'died' and came back because her duties on earth was not finished yet, she said that she did not want to come back, but she had to. She loved flowers too, she said that the air was clean and fragrant, and flowers everywhere. -- Now this person is gone back HOME too-- So please think of that--- I hope it will help you cope with your loss. Actually, Larry is not gone, it is just that we cannot see him, nor touch him any longer----
Hugs--
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May 5, 2019 5:45 PM CST
Name: Karen
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I'm so sorry, Rick. I never got to meet him, but he sounded like a very special man. Group hug
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May 5, 2019 5:51 PM CST
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Thanks Karen, he was. No matter how bad my day at work was, he would always manage to put a smile on my face just by being there when I got home. Sad
LLK: No longer by my side, but forever in my heart.
Pal tiem shree tal ma.
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May 5, 2019 5:54 PM CST
Name: Karen
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He will certainly be missed. Life can be so short that we need to all try to live well every minute. I'm sure you made him very happy every minute of your years together.
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