ForeverMissed

We would like to thank

Friends and family who joined together to dedicate a bench site

in memory of  Earl F. Hedlund

at

Red Bluff River Park 

October 29, 2011

The bench is now in place, and is a very restful place, well-shaded and with a delightful prospect of the Sacramento River 

 


Posted by Toni DeHennis Osterloth on September 30, 2014
Ah, Earl ~ you wonderful friend ~ I miss you tremendously! I have a huge file folder of your letters and postcards and have been reading through them. Some are so hilarious and some so ribald that I don't dare share them! Think of you every day with much fondness!
Posted by Susie Aronson on August 6, 2014
Hi Sweet Earl. Happy 93rd Birthday. I am thinking of you on this day, and wishing we could enjoy our phone chats, with great laughter, and great fondness.....I love you dear friend , and I miss you. Earl the Lion, loud roar at times, but always bigger heart.
Posted by Susie Aronson on August 7, 2013
Darling Earl.  Happy 92nd Birthday sweet man. I can hear you now, saying "ohhhhh thank you Susie Dear, was that a compliment or a hammer pounding another nail in my coffin:"?" And then you would laugh, and say something profound. that is what you would be saying to me if I called you today......How I love and miss you, your spirit is ever strong and present in my soul. Always with me.
Posted by Susie Aronson on May 31, 2013
"Hello my darling"....I am constantly reaching out to you in my mind and heart. Missing those Saturday telephone calls, always filled with great emotion, as we angerly discussed political corruption, or endless laughter over silly silly play on words, by both of us or some happening I must admit I elaborated on just for your benefit.Oh how I cherish & miss sharing humor,& the arts with U.
Posted by Toni DeHennis Osterloth on August 7, 2012
I'm hugging the WWF stuffed tiger that you sent me (your free gift in joining) as you teased me about being Toni the Tiger to a high school beau. Working with you was such a pleasure as we enjoyed our private jokes, lunches and glasses of wine. Never lost touch as our friendship blossomed! You were a jewel in the crown on earth! And I'm missing you tremendously & your humor!.
Posted by Ben Hedlund on August 6, 2012
A long walk looking for agates and nice bowl of ice cream in Big Lagoon is a way Grandpa and I shared our August birthdays together. He is forever in my heart.
Posted by Patric Hedlund on August 6, 2012
I've been thinking about Dad since waking this morning. Last night I was reflecting on how much fun it would have been to share with him the landing of the Curiosity rover on the surface of planet Mars by NASA. Happy Birthday, Dad....and love to all those who have expressed their affectionate memories of him here.
Posted by Linda Goff on November 3, 2011
Earl was a great inspiration to my father - one of my dad's best friends. I will always remember running into their office when I was a child and going straight for Earl's candy drawer when no one was around. Thank you, Earl, for your friendship and professionalism when my dad was dying - you were one of the few he trusted. I hope your spirit path is lit well for your final journey.
Posted by Dave Fraser on October 20, 2011
Earl will be remembered and missed by all who had the privilege to know him. He was an excellent lawyer and, more importantly, a very good person. He possessed great wisdom, and I loved his sense of humor and humility. The world is poorer for his passing.
Posted by Marvin Smoot on October 19, 2011
My good friend and best fishing partner. I can hear your laughter now as we recounted our many fishing expeiences. I will miss you.
Posted by Carol Schnitter on October 19, 2011
Dear Earl, Please forgive me for running over your head with my suitcase. I am glad you had such a good sense of humor.  RIP.
Posted by Susie Aronson on October 18, 2011
Earl, thank you for 46 years of a cherished friendship packed full of precious, priceless memories . I love you so, sweet man. I miss your presence in my life terribly. You will live for always in my heart. Dear, dear friend.
Posted by Toni DeHennis Osterloth on October 17, 2011
A magnificent boss and superb friend of 26 years, you will be sorely missed!

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Posted by Toni DeHennis Osterloth on September 30, 2014
Ah, Earl ~ you wonderful friend ~ I miss you tremendously! I have a huge file folder of your letters and postcards and have been reading through them. Some are so hilarious and some so ribald that I don't dare share them! Think of you every day with much fondness!
Posted by Susie Aronson on August 6, 2014
Hi Sweet Earl. Happy 93rd Birthday. I am thinking of you on this day, and wishing we could enjoy our phone chats, with great laughter, and great fondness.....I love you dear friend , and I miss you. Earl the Lion, loud roar at times, but always bigger heart.
Posted by Susie Aronson on August 7, 2013
Darling Earl.  Happy 92nd Birthday sweet man. I can hear you now, saying "ohhhhh thank you Susie Dear, was that a compliment or a hammer pounding another nail in my coffin:"?" And then you would laugh, and say something profound. that is what you would be saying to me if I called you today......How I love and miss you, your spirit is ever strong and present in my soul. Always with me.
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Shared by Susie Aronson on August 6, 2020

Happy Birthday my darling sweetheart.

 OMG! You are 99 today! I can’t see you trying to navigate getting into the Porsche! I Would have to follow you in a taxi as at 77 I could not even begin to climb in!!

So missing you Earl. On so many occasions want to pick up the phone and talk to my dearest friend!

 These days it would be to report when one of our mutual friends in Red Bluff had passed,  or the very latest about the virus, or the moment to moment irrational behavior of the human virus destroying our democracy as quickly as possible!  I do believe the state of this insane monster and our union might have given you a heart attack! 

And I would have made sure you had an I-pad to enjoy videos ! Yes I know! You are a reader not a watcher! But really there are some very worthy TV series out! I am hooked on South Korean TV Series these days offered on Netflix! 

I would love to visit you in Eureka right now! assuming we had  both been quarantining in place??

I can smell the bacon on the stove as I awaken to a knock on the door and a mimosa presented to me as I make my way to the dining room table, piled high in the other end of the table, with taxes from another year.  And our breakfasts always turned out to be two hour gab sessions!

you gave up your bedroom to me and took to the living room floor in a sleeping bag for my every visit!  Very sweet!  

We never had a quiet moment it seemed! Always a subject to discuss with passion expression and wild and abandon laughter  from both!

Oh Earl !   Yes I really cherished every moment we were together! You are the exquisite gem in my jewelry Box of friends! Your brilliance and wit and sense of the arts demanded my mental attendance and  participation in amazing  conversation we could have recorded for PBS!  

My emotional adoration for a dear dear soul I miss every day Cannot be expressed enough! 

I love you. Dear dear Earl!  ( And right now  I can  hear your spirit in my ear saying “darling that is so so lovely of you, but  will you Please shut up?)

Shared by Susie Aronson on August 3, 2015

   I want to thank the Hedlund children for making this on line shrine to Earl available.  I often visit this site when I am  missing my friend most.  It gives me comfort of having him near.  I miss you so Earl.......such a dear dear friend. 

Learning About Life After Loss

Shared by Susie Aronson on August 7, 2013



It seems that I often fully realize the treasures of life, the true treasures, after they have disappeared. It is not that I didn't absolutely embrace every connection with Earl, as he was in a sense my "playmate" when it came to sharing humor in the most comical sense.  I often told him that only he could bring out the best of humor in me, and if I recorded our conversations, it would sell a million copies-  folks would roar.... he could often top my humor with his own. It was such catharcise and therapy for both of us..as we laughed with abandon.We had a mutual deep passion for nature, and for the arts.  Whether we were at the ocean, a forest, a musical, or play, or taking in art at a gallery or at a street fair, sharing our mutual love of  beauty was a gift. I wish I had told you how I felt about that Earl, and had thanked you for that wonderful gift..... To find one person who truly is present, as I am, in laughter, and  who truly has the same appreciation of nature and of the arts, is such a  gift.   I miss you so Earl.  My dear dear Earl. Thank you.