Kerrie's Blog: Sorrow on this May Day

Sorrow on this May Day

One of the best things about being a member of this community, no I take that back, the best thing, is the people.  I've been here 5 years now and the love and friendship that oozes out of you all is something special.  

Waking up today to learn of Maya Angelou's passing hit me hard.  There are no words to describe her courage and strength.  The struggles she overcame made her into the beautiful soul she was.  I had the pleasure of hearing her speak twice many moons ago.  Phenomenal Woman is one of my favorite poems, and to have heard her speak it live, with that buttery smooth voice of hers will forever be embedded in my mind.

I thought about etiquette and what is appropriate to write about and what is not; would families mind if I shared the news?  I truly feel we are an extension of anyone's family and will go with my gut here to write on.  The AR family needs to know so we can grieve and process the sadness.


On May 15th, our dear Margaret Rome lost her husband Lee.  I cannot begin to imagine the heartache she feels in losing her spouse.  Having spoken to Margaret, and reading all the lovely posts and comments I feel better knowing she has everyone's love and support coming her way.  Margaret, you are something special and all of your love throughout the years is treasured.



The very same day, we lost one of our own.  Clint McKie was young, too young to go.  He had been with us in the 'Rain for four years and was admired by many.  Clint was a great writer and wrote about his inspection experiences in details even the novice could comprehend.  I will miss him greatly.



Just last night I heard of another member passing, William J. Archambault Jr. He was with us since the beginning, 2006, and an Ambassador because of his love and passion for this community.  A poet for sure, just check out his Twas the Night Before Christmas piece.  A kind man always willing to help out behind the scenes.  He will be missed vastly.


Rest in peace beauties, we will be thinking of you.

Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 98 commentsKerrie La Guardia • May 28 2014 08:47AM


Kerrie,  It is so sad.  I had no idea about Clint.  I follow him and wondered why he hadn't posted in a while.  Thanks for the update.  Our AR friends are like family even though we haven't met most of them in person.

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) almost 5 years ago

I will miss them all, thanks for honoring them.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 5 years ago

This is a sad day indeed Kerrie. My thoughts and prayers will reflect my esteem for her...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) almost 5 years ago

Oh gosh, this is so incredibly sad, Kerrie.  I didn't know about Maya or William.  Yes, sad indeed.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) almost 5 years ago

Sweet Kerrie,  It seems these past few months have surrounded me in death. As much as I wanted to block out the sadness and grief ... I could not. I feel sad for those who are left behind ... as it is "we" who are left to process the grief and find a place of joy and happiness for the memories. We are all connected whether we believe it or not.  Each of their souls live on in eternity ... and we all get to share what each left behind ... their gifts!

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) almost 5 years ago

Kathleen - It's hard sometimes to see the light in the darkness, but never stop trying.  I hope you are aching a bit less from the passing of your sister.  

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 5 years ago

God never promised anyone a tomorrow... some folks forget that... this post is a reminder to all that each New Day is a gift and we should rejoice and be glad that we've been given it... I'm sending love to all that have past and to all their loved ones that they have left behind... 

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) almost 5 years ago

Well, Bill Archambault was quite a guy.  i remember reading many of his posts.  He will be missed.  As will all the others.  Thanks, Kerrie, for keeping us in the loop!

Posted by Marshall Enterprises, Antiques, Lawn Care, and Trashouts (Marshall Enterprises ) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, so wonderfully said. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families. They will be missed.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie, thank you for sharing these beautiful people with us that we lost much too earlier.  I was going through the same situation last year when I lost my mother-in-law.  I myself just had surgery on May 16th and I am in recovery now.  I look forward to catching up on past videos and friends of ActiveRain!

Posted by Karen Johnson, Realtor, ABR, "Bucks County PA Homes" (Addison Wolfe Real Estate ) almost 5 years ago

I heard it on the radio a little bit ago and was totally shocked. She was way too young to be lost!

Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, What a nice write up and tribute for those who passed on this month. I had met Clint and William from reading their posts, and of course, I knew Margaret too. They will all be missed by our community, their family and friends.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, almost 5 years ago

It is so sad... My thoughts and prayers to their families.

And thank you for caring about this community and AR members.

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) almost 5 years ago

Oh Kerrie- I was shocked to hear of Clint's passing when it was announced here a week or so ago, and, then Margaret's dear husband last week, and now William.   I never had togood opportunity to meet thembut I feel as if we have lost some very dear friends.  My heart is sad. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 5 years ago

Hugs and warm wishes, love and peace to all of those we have lost.  May their memories and legacies bring peace to their loved ones.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) almost 5 years ago

I heard about Bill last evening.  Tears flowed.  I'll always love that man.

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing Kerrie.  I try to tell myself it's just part of the natural cycle of life when I experience personal loss.  I have a strong faith in God that helps me through, but it's hard and sad and I've lost those that I still miss every single day.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for letting us know Kerrrie, so sorry to see them go, they will be missed.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this news Kerrie, despite how sad.  I'll be sure to send prayers out to the families & loved ones left behind.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) almost 5 years ago


I had not heard about William. This is indeed a community because we experience the whole gamut of emotions, including grief.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 5 years ago

Indeed the river of life... I too was saddened to hear about Maya Angelou's passing. I was such a big fan of hers... And shocked to hear of Margerate's husband Lee, and Clint and Bill... Thanks Kerrie, for this writing... A community isn't just for the fun of it. Someday's hearts are heavy and this is especially when we need each other.

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 5 years ago

Wow, Kerrie, these great people are all in good company and surrounding us with unconditional love from beyond. Something we can all strive for. This was really beautiful and I remember Twas The Night....but I must take a look at Maya's poem.

What a POWERHOUSE of heart and forgiveness. You were so lucky to have heard her in person! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 5 years ago

Wow - I knew about a few of those but not Bill. What a tough May for sure Kerrie.

Posted by Erica Ramus, MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate (Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA ) almost 5 years ago

william archibald junior

Awesome tribute. I knew William on a personal level here in Houston. He was a great person to listen to. He was so passionate about the busienss. I last saw him at a local AR meetup.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, today the Rain is filled with tears.  We must remember that the beauty of flowers depend on rain, and the beauty of friendship depends on tears.  I had opportunity a couple of days ago to smell the sweet fragrance of honeysucle--it had been awhile. As the honeysucle vine grows, it must find something on which to cling.  Another reminder of the value of friends.

May all enjoy the fragrance of friendship, and miss no opportunity to inhale.

Posted by Fred Cope, Looking For Homes With A Smile (Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN) almost 5 years ago

This is a sad, but very real, reminder of how fragile life is. Enjoy it and share yourself with the ones who matter - today and every day!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, What A WONDERFUL tribute from the heart for all these great people! I had no idea that a few of our AR mebers passed on. I had the pleasure of reading and learning something from each of them, they will be missed!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Prado Real Estate South) almost 5 years ago

All of these people will definitely be missed and thank you Kerrie for letting us know of these recent passings we may not have heard of otherwise. They were all great assets to this community and Maya Angelou was truly an unbeatable source of strength for so many.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 5 years ago

Very sad recent news. I did not know about William. So sorry for the families' loss. This is indeed a time for reflection. 

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) almost 5 years ago

I knew about none of these until today - so very sad for the AR community.  They will be sorely missed.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

To have heard Maya in person would have been unforgettable. I just had to hear her recording. click here

Posted by Les & Sarah Oswald, Broker, Realtor and Investor (Realty One Group) almost 5 years ago

Many moons ago I fell in love with Maya after reading I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings.  She left a legacy of beautiful words to be sure.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 5 years ago

So sad.  Surprising how deeply you can feel grief for people you have never met in person.  The power of this community!  Such a loving tribute, Kerrie.  I'm sure it will be appreciated by each of the families.  

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, It's the pro and con of this community depending on outlook.  I've mourned for people I've never physically met, but when they're the family of our Rain friends, it seems like they're part of our own family.  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 5 years ago

 OMG Kerrie ... Clint McKie use to post to my CUSTOMER SERVICE Group "Day in & Day out" 

I was wondering why he hadn't posted in such a long time, that is so sad and Clint and I had a huge connection at AR.

I will have to write a special post to Clint when I find the time. I am very sad to hear about everyone passing on, especially Clint 


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for sharing. It's all sad news, but I appreciate you letting us know about our friends. 

Posted by Mike Cooper, GRI, Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro (Cornerstone Business Group Inc) almost 5 years ago

     Kerrie, this is a tough read.  I knew about Lee, but I had no idea about William or Clint. 

     Rest in Peace, Friends, until we meet again.

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I was also a fan of Maya Angelou's. I always think about how she said, "you see my glory, but you don't know my story."

There are too many losses here, recently. I hadn't heard about William. So much pain. Like Fred said, until we meet again.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie - so thoughtful of you to reach out with condolences to our rainers with the passing of members.  I'm sure you'll treasure the memories of Maya Angelou. What an inspirational voice.  So sad :(

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) almost 5 years ago

Lovely tribute to these beautiful people. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie,  What a touching tribute to these beautiful people.  Just a reminder how precious and short life really is.  

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, it was very thoughtful of you to commemorate all these members of our closer and greater community. Surely, their spirit lives on among us.

Posted by Olga Simoncelli, CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management (Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie thank you for such a moving tribute to Maya and our AR colleagues as well.  A great but sobering reminder that every single day is precious.  We must treasure our friends, family, and those we connect with here.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, as this is a special community it is only fitting that we have an opportunity to openly comment on the passing of our friends. I had seen Clint and Lee and of course Maya this morning, but missed Bill. Maya was noted for her works and even made an appearance at Clinton's inauguration. Time takes it's toll

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) almost 5 years ago

I just heard of Clint from VB, I am speakless. Thank you for the tribute Kerrie. It is amazing how close we can get to people we may have never met.

They and their families will all be in my prayers.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, thank you for updating us. I had not heard about Bill. It is very sad indeed, about all of them.  Still wondering about Karen Anne Stone?????

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, thank you for writing this lovely post.  I didn't know about the passing of these Rainers.  Very sad, indeed.

Posted by Lloyd Binen, Silicon Valley Realtor since 1976; 408-373-4411 (Certified Realty Services) almost 5 years ago


Maybe since these passings are so many near Memorial Day, it may be a passage of time to use Memorial Day to remember not only our Military but others we have lost. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie,

I still remember meeting Maya Angelou at a book signing hear in Atlanta.  What a large presence she was.

Prayers for all of our AR family members.  

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) almost 5 years ago

I had not heard about Bill's passing.  Way to many friends leaving us all of a sudden

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) almost 5 years ago

Truly a sweet tribute to these individuals; some I knew some I didn't but it all reminds me of another poem my pastor shared many moons ago...

The clock is wound but once and no man has the power to tell just when the hands will stop at late or early hour (short version). Like Maya we should all live life to the fullest.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie, We are an extraordinary community made up of so many wonderful and talented people and when we lose any one of our own, there is a little hole in all of our hearts. One thing I think would be great is a standardized formatted Memorium for each person to insure that each of their lives will always be celebrated and remembered. 

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) almost 5 years ago

Good evening Kerrie,

What a wonderful tribute..we really do have an extraordinary community and am so blessed to be a part of it. Thank you have inspired us all:).

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) almost 5 years ago

Beautiful tribute Kerrie.  

Posted by Nikesh Parekh, Technology Entrepreneur, Executive, & Investor (Suplari, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

Dear Kerrie,

Thanks for sharing all that with us. Lot of passing this month. We do feel as if we knew each other here in the 'Rain.


Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 5 years ago

Dear Kerrie -
A procedural question ...
Does AR have a mechanism to keep our "fallen" members' posts active so their wisdom will not be lost?
Thanks -

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) almost 5 years ago
I have already remarked on this because she made such an impact on me! Bless her always with love and eternal light! Sending love to the departed, Laura
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie - We are certainly a community sharing both the laughter and the tears.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for this post.  No matter how crazy our occupation gets, our mortality is something that can't be ignored.  Each one of our days are limited.

LOVED Maya because she was a true advocate of the truth.  In a world of layers of B.S., she was always there to "oops us side the head" and remember the truth.  And also an advocate of the real beauty of the human spirit.

I always remembered when I started to feel a little less confident in humanity, I would read a Maya Angelou quote and that would put me back on the path of faith and hope.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (800) 591-6121 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) almost 5 years ago

Actually chatted with Bill (William) a couple of times.... His daughter Amy as well.
He was a good one!!


Posted by Tom Burris, Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience (NMLS# 335055) almost 5 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. One of the greatest gifts you can give someone that has passed is to remember them, as you have done so beautifully.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, This is a wonderful tribute . Thank you for the information. 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Carry on, RIP, learn from the wisdom of the past contributions that live on in blog posts sometimes more pertinent, discovered when they members leave this Earth.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) almost 5 years ago

We should have a remembrance section hmmm ?  It would be a Members only....not the relatives or people we admire......and a way to respect their contribution to this community....what do you say AR   ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) almost 5 years ago

good morning, Kerrie...very sad, indeed...ditto to the question asked by Sally...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie thank you for providing this information.  I followed Bill Archambault's blog for many years, and he followed mine.  Bill use to kick my butt sometimes, and keep me focused and grounded.  Whenever the phone rang and the caller ID would show the call was from Huston, TX, I knew it was Bill wanting to talk about something I blogged about.  I am going to miss his calls and comments, and will give his wife Brenda a call today.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for your comments, Kerrie.  It's important to honor those people who have helped make the world a better place.  You're very fortunate to have heard Maya Angelou speak twice!

Posted by Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green (Coach House Realty) almost 5 years ago

Well done Kerrie - A tribute to the power of association and community.  RIP - gone but not forgotten

Posted by Eileen Burns, FL Probate Agent, Hotel & Land Specialist (Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach) almost 5 years ago

Thanks, Kerrie.  They will be missed.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.  I had no idea about Clint - we were just talking a few weeks ago about some issues he was having getting new business.  Wow.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, almost 5 years ago


I too am so sad for these recent losses. May, a month long anticipated by many because of the rough winters has proved to be a Memorial month in more ways than we ever imagined... and the month isn't over. I do like Sally's suggestion. There are many reasons why AR members can't blog daily and this would be a good way to stay in the loop. One thing I think that is admirable as a membership within this community, is that time and time again, we know even when a member goes MIA, others in the RAIN do their best to make a connection. I think that speaks volumes for the quality of members here on AR and should be commended. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) almost 5 years ago

Thanks for letting us know about our members who have passed. Sad,however grateful you mentioned this

Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, this is a sad month here in the Rain. They will be truly missed.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, this has been a loving gesture, as evidenced by the suggestions to take it forward in some manner.


Perhaps an annual roll call of the departed.  Someone may post as memorial blog in honor of the departed?  


I do not think we should meld anything into the National Memorial Day--it is a sacred remembrance of our fallen dead in preservation of our Liberties.



It would be nice to note one's service to others, but I believe that need not be incorporated into the Flag Day memorial day.


On a similar matter, may I suggest some sort of AR digital cards--opened to members comments & best wishes when serious illness or trajedy occurs.


Has anyone heard how Karen Stone is doing?


No points for good thoughts and deeds though...




Posted by Fred Cope, Looking For Homes With A Smile (Reliant Realty in Nashville, TN) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, thanks for this---I had not clue about Clint.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 5 years ago

As I am catching on the updates, I am saddened to learn about Clint and William as I was already aware about Maya and Margaret's husband. My most sincere condolences.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie you've written a loving tribute to all of these fine, fine people. It shows the heart and soul of our activerain family. Rest in peace dear ones.

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886, Arizona's Top Banana! (Phoenix Property Shoppe) almost 5 years ago

yes to the taking the time before during and even after to appreciate one another

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) almost 5 years ago

This is a nice post, Kerrie. It's a good tribute to people that will be missed. I had missed the passing of a few of the people you mentioned. Thanks for letting us know.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 5 years ago

Kerry, thanks for informing our family of recent deaths. I follow william and will certainly miss him

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie: Sounds like a tough day. I'm sorry. Hopefully today is better!

Posted by Paul McFadden, Pest Control, Seattle, WA. (Paratex) almost 5 years ago

I think Sally's idea about a "Remembrance Group" is a great idea.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) almost 5 years ago

Wow Kerrie.  So sad!  I heard about Clint and Margaret's husband, but not William.  My love goes out to all of their families.  

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 5 years ago

Thank you all for your lovely comments and words on these amazing people. A remembrance section on AR is an idea I can bring to the powers that be.  Thank you for the idea.

If anyone has an update on Karen Anne Stone, please let me know.  The last I heard she was released from the hospital but nobody could get in touch with her.  Praying for her.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for posting this, and I didn't know about some of our AR losses.  And thank you for mentioning Karen Anne Stone.  I've been wondering about her too!

I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill 
for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom. 

Maya Angelou


Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 5 years ago

One thing I have learned is that you can't live forever. This year so far I have lost 5 friends and acquaintances since January. The last yesterday. Goes to remind you that you do need to step back and smell the roses occasionally. My condolences to all.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) almost 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing. I did not know about Clint and William. It has indeed been a very sad May. 

Posted by BHHS Anderson Properties Lake Livingston Area, Serving Walker, Trinity, San Jacinto and Polk Co. almost 5 years ago

Sadness and loss comes in waves, and our own Active Rain community isn't immune. Many of us were also touch by the Isla Vista murders, too. Maya Angelou was a beautiful soul, a strong woman, who will be revered for a long time to come. I love strong women!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 5 years ago

Families suffer loss over time. I have spent much of May missing my mother who died several years ago. June, I lost my Dad.

Activerain is a family, we dont all know each other as we are so spread out but at times we feel the hurt, when another is suffering. Sometimes it is personal and not shared, sometimes we need to share to cope with the pain and the stress.

I know the support AR members gave me when our son was in Iraq helped me through that time.

Thank you for the updates, I dont personally know those mentioned but will keep their families in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, I know exactly how you feel.  I can recall when -- during the early days of AR in August 2006 -- Paul Sullins of Wilmington, NC, unexpectedly passed away at the age of 45 while going beyond the call of duty for a client.  At the time, he was probably in the top 5 (points-wise) so pretty much everyone who was active on AR knew him.  Since then, there have been several people on here that have passed away (often at much too young an age) and it's always hard to hear about it.  We can only hope that their families notice that their loved one made a difference in more people's lives that they probably realized.

Thanks for the link to Maya Angelou's poem.  I hadn't read it before.

Posted by S. Leanne Paynter ☼ Broward County, FL, Davie, Plantation, Cooper City & Weston Specialist (United Realty Group, Inc.) almost 5 years ago

They are truly missed and thanks for sharing as there have been many that have gone on 

Posted by Charles Stallions Property Manager, Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, hearing of Clint's passing as well as Margaret's husband was such a shock.   Wish I had known William, RIP.

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) almost 5 years ago

Yesterday's new of Bill Archambault's passing was a shock. His parent are still alive, as far as I know from his comments to me, so I thought I would have a chance to meet this extraordinary man.

What a tough month.  Margaret lost her husband. So sad...I am lost for words.

I feel terrible that we can't get to Karen Anne Stone. She might need our support, but we can't reach her...

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 5 years ago

 Kerrie, it's a very sad time. Loss is never easy. When we can share our sorrow we are stronger.



Posted by Donna Foerster, Metro Denver Real Estate Agent (HomeSmart Realty Group) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, it's really a sad month of May - we have lost many great friends this months!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) almost 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie. I was shocked to read the news about Maya Angelou then Bill. Very very shocking. It hit me hard.

Posted by Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker, Licensed in Florida and Washington (Aloha Kai Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Kerrie, your loving tributes are another example of why Active Rain is a special community.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 5 years ago

Wonderful tributes, Kerrie! It is just one more reason why we all love you!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 5 years ago