YOU SAY – Writer Richard Wagamese touched our lives

Richard Wagamese.

Here are some comments from the Facebook page on the editorial about the passing of Richard Wagamese, called ‘A flawed human being, a gifted writer’:

LINDA/JIM JONES: So sad to hear this news! He was a very courageous, talented man. I enjoyed reading his opinions and how her expressed himself. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family as they try to cope with their loss.

PATTY FAYANT: I’m very disappointed and sad how you’ve decided to write about his passing. Why so much focus on his flaws? The way he touched and changed so many people’s lives should be illuminated so bright it blinds us. Would you have written about his life the same way if he were still alive to see and read it? Would you expose your own flaws to the world to see? Richard shared his grief so others would heal, grow and prosper. I hope his honesty does the same for you.

GREG DUECK: I’m sure he would agree and be ok with it.

DIANNA WEST: We are ALL FLAWED. Most of us are not courageous enough to lay bare our flaws and take ownership of them. Richard was and for that he has my admiration and respect. I am extremely grieved that he has left us so soon.

TAMMY McLAREN: He wrote about his own flaws so what’s the issue ? To be flawed is to be human.

SELMA HARRISON: (We are ALL flawed).So sad to lose such a talented wise man.

YVONNE ODBER: I never had a chance to meet you but I very much enjoyed One Native Life on tv…the way you told your stories brought them to life for me…rest in peace…

GAYLAN RENEE: So sad to have lost such a great talent. I am grateful to have been introduced to his writing, as it will forever be his wonderful legacy. May your spirit truly soar, with the demons finally behind you. RIP.

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2 Comments on YOU SAY – Writer Richard Wagamese touched our lives

  1. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars”.

    — Khalil Gibran, ‘The Prophet’

  2. tony brumell // March 13, 2017 at 11:57 AM // Reply

    Like the Apache standing off and watching a distant smoke signal saying “I wish I had said that first.”We will all miss his wisdom

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