Monday, March 31, 2008

Dear friends,

We were saddened to hear of the passing of our dear lifelong friend Paul Bonart. I knew Paul and his first wife Bertha in Berkeley, California. At that time I was only 10 years old, so we have known eachother and our families for over 55 years. His dear wife Margaret, a loving friend, companion and wonderful wife we will miss too as she brought Paul so much joy after the sad time of losing Bertha with whom he had so many wonderful years in Brazil.

My mother, Barbara Money and my father, Theodore (Ted) Money were also dear friends of Paul and Bertha and subsequently dear friends with Margaret too. Paul passed away on the day (March 13th), my father's birthday. My mother, Barbara was a classical pianist for over 75 years and she and Paul used to play music together, My mother on a grand piano and Paul on his viola. I have over 14 hours of tapes of them practicing Mozart, Bach, Brahms and Bethoven together..such a wonderful time for all.

We will miss Paul very much as he was so much a part of our lives. Back in 1968, My son Daniel Pimpan (age 6 months) and I used to drive over to Calistoga to be with Paul and Bertha and Paul's beautiful german shepherd dog "Mano" used to watch over Daniel. A few months ago I sent Paul a photograph of Daniel and Mano standing together, Daniel with his baby bottle and Mano looking mellow and handsome.

God bless you all and may you find comfort in knowing that Paul will never be forgotten. He was brave, innovative, ethical and kind and had a wonderful sense of humor. We will miss him.

With love from us all here in St. Helena,

Lydia Money-Cushing, Raymond Cushing and love from my son Daniel Pimpan (now age 41) his wife Kathryn and my grandson, Caspian Pimpan (age 6).

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