Monday, January 15, 2007

No Man is an Island

350 years ago, English poet John Donne wrote:

"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee."

This morning it is with deep regret that I must write of the death of Pearlington resident and personal friend Raymond Diaz.

Each part of Pearlington that washed away in the storm; each person’s life that was threatened and diminished and forever changed by Katrina and all that came after, diminishes us all; for we, too, are a part of humankind. Each time the bell tolls in the global village to announce the passing of a brother or sister, it tolls for all of us, as the living body of Brother and Sisterhood is equally diminished by the loss.

Raymond and Cindy Diaz and family have struggled so much since the storm, virtually losing their home in Oak Harbor and dealing with a series of car accidents and other losses since.

Raymond’s hope was that his home would be rebuilt, that his family could begin its healing in the place they all belonged. He worked to help his neighbors and himself and formed close friendships with all of those who worked on his home. Chief among these is Tim Goodnow, of the Dog Soldiers of Atlanta, who has captained the recovery of the Diaz home and was always available to Raymond as a friend, mentor and Perfect Stranger.

I call now upon the Member Agencies of C.O.D.R.A. and on all of Raymond and Cindy’s brothers and sisters across the continent, to do know what needs to be done to, at least, get Cindy and her girls back into their home. Please coordinate this through Tim who can be reached HERE. If you wish to make a donation to this effort, please also contact Tim.

Henry David Thoreau said that "the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation....and go to the grave with their song still in them."

Let us now pick up Raymond’s tune and, in harmony and with sweetness, fulfil his dream.

God bless the Diaz Family,
Jon White


At Monday, 15 January, 2007, Blogger bluecat said...

I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your friend and so saddened for his family and the community of Pearlington.

The quotes are perfect and you, yourself, have written well about what we ALL should be doing to help.

No man is an island

At Monday, 15 January, 2007, Anonymous Brittany said...

I had the opportunity to work with Raymond on his house just two weeks ago. His laugh, smile and devotion to his family and friends was so encouraging for this volunteer. Pearlington has lost a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

At Monday, 15 January, 2007, Blogger Kyra said...

My family and I had the privilage to work side by side with Raymond helping others in the community. I hope that his family will receive the same support.

At Monday, 15 January, 2007, Anonymous Warren said...

You're always eloquent with your writings of Pearlington and her people. This is a wonderful tribute to Raymod Diaz. Raymond will be missed that is sure. Thank you to all who continue to rebuild the community of Pearlington.

At Monday, 15 January, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My most sincere Sympathy to Cindy and the girl's. I had the pleasure of meeting Raymond, just short of two weeks ago, when our group from the Felton Presbyterian Church were back in Pearlington. We did some work on the sub floors for him and some work on the Drywall upstairs. All the while he was telling us stories of the past 18 months. He was such a wonderful man with such a BIG heart and a most wonderful laugh. He was truly and inspiration of how one can keep going through all adversity. He loved his family and like you said wanted nothing more than to get his girl's and wife back into their home.


At Saturday, 20 January, 2007, Anonymous Joycelyn said...

The comments in this artical is very kind and moving. Raymond and Cindy truly had good friends.My sympaties goes out to Cindy and the girls.Raymond is my cousin.They were at my own brothers furneral, even thought he was in much pain then. They were there for my family in our time of grief.He and I talked about some old times as much as we could remember, since we were very small , way back. I remember he him as kind and caring, as we spoke.He will truly be missed by his family and friends. thank you all


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