- Date of passing: Feb 5, 2013
|Nancy followed her dreams, had so many good friends, and lived a lovely life every day.|
Nancy Read, a Middlebury-educated native of Ilion, NY, who lived most of her life in Connecticut pursuing her passions of sailing, skiing, and community involvement, died February 5, 2013 at age 90. She was the daughter of the late E. Earl Read and Ruth (Platner) Read. She spent her final years in Tampa, not to escape the cold but to embrace the closeness of family. She never married, yet she enjoyed the gift of a strong, life-long family bond with the Wetmores: Jean, Clay, Andy, Nancy, and Paul. She was gregarious, adventurous, inventive, optimistic, confident, passionate about politics, and beyond all, the most loyal, devoted, and enduring friend. If you have been blessed to count Nancy as a friend, you understand the joy she brought. She was an only child who loved life and the people in it. She remembered her father to have said, "We have the perfect child; why would we want another?" We quite agree.
"It's been more than 5 months since I saw you last. The seas of my life are still rough and plagued by deep swells. I steer my ship through the highs and lows. Thank you for helping me to build a strong ship for my life that is sturdy enough to weather even the storm of your passing."
"Your boat has sailed into waters beyond my grasp. My boat is slowly righting itself, but I never was much of a helmsman."
"It's been a month and a day since you left. I yell, "Nothing will ever be the same again! Doesn't the world realize the upheaval in its foundation?" But, even as I yell to the world, I am powerless to stop its progression. At times, I too am swept up in the current of life and only as I look to the side do I realize that you have stopped sailing along with me."
"Hello friend! I have been enriched by your company every day of my life and will continue to cherish my memories as I struggle to adjust to living without you."