My Friend, Laurie, Gone Too Soon

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Rainmaker
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Roberta Murphy
San Diego Previews Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate and Homes

A beautiful tribute, Kevin. Laurie and I locked horns, but I always respected the fierceness with which she defended her positions--and her generosity in sharing knowledge.  She will be so missed by so many--but was surely met by a laughing Joe.

These are unsettling times.

Aug 25, 2010 05:59 PM #10
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Kevin Tomlinson
One Sotheby's International Realty- Miami Beach Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Real Estate

I think Laurie's "Do You SEO" post should somehow be memorialized here on AR.

Aug 25, 2010 05:59 PM #11
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI
(RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE

You show your love Kevin...and she was....a great person. How can we be chatting about our new camera one day....and then she's gone?

Aug 25, 2010 06:06 PM #12
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Kev,

She knew her shit...worked hard...

One of the last times I was speaking to her on the phone, the neighbors were having a "domestic dispute" and she screamed at them: "HEY! I'M ON THE PHONE OVER HERE! SHUT THE HELL UP!!!"  LOL...She was such a piece of work!

She may have lived and worked in Long Beach...but she was a true New Yorker! :)

Aug 25, 2010 06:38 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Bryant Tutas
Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC - Winter Garden, FL
Selling Florida one home at a time

What a shock it was to hear this yesterday. Laurie was........well...Laurie!! She will be missed.

Aug 26, 2010 12:00 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

so sorry kevin - she WILL be missed

Aug 26, 2010 01:39 AM #15
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Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Kevin, what a beautiful tribute and the song says it so well.

I will miss her and your song made me cry this AM.

I feel bad as she had been on my heart since Sunday night and I didn't call. Didn't listen to my inner voice telling me to reach out. I regret that so much.

 

Aug 26, 2010 02:09 AM #16
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Mitchell J Hall
Compass - Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Kevin, I'm so sorry and so sad. I will miss her very much. She looked California but her personality was New York!

Aug 26, 2010 02:37 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Kevin Tomlinson
One Sotheby's International Realty- Miami Beach Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Real Estate

Ines,

We all lost a friend  :(

Roberta,

Everyone locked horns w/Laurie at one time or another.  That WAS Laurie.

Aug 26, 2010 03:13 AM #18
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Rudy Bachraty
Director, Communications & Partner Strategies, WellcomeMat - Fort Collins, CO

Beautiful Kev.

The night Joe died, Laurie is the one who stayed up with me into the early morning. She helped me grieve. She made me laugh. We reminisced. We talked about what was important. For that, I am eternally grateful to her. She was one heck of a lady. I'm so sorry she had to go this way. Way, way way, too soon.

Stay strong Kev.

Rudy

Aug 26, 2010 03:45 AM #19
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Mary Pope-Handy
Sereno Group Real Estate - Los Gatos, CA
CRS, CIPS, ABR, SRES, Silicon Valley

Thanks Kevin.  I had thought about doing something here for Laurie, but hadn't figured out what that ought to be....
 I like your idea of her SEO post getting special attention.

Mary

Aug 26, 2010 03:56 AM #20
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Kevin Tomlinson
One Sotheby's International Realty- Miami Beach Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Real Estate

I think it would be cool for AR to have a Hall of Fame for posts!

They could call it the Laurie Manny Hall of Fame. 

 

Rudy I wanted to not say the typical stuff.  I didn't want to focus on her profession but her as a person.  After all, the sum of our being and time on this earth is not (or should not, in my opinion) be defined by what we do for a living.

Aug 26, 2010 04:06 AM #21
Rainmaker
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Rudy Bachraty
Director, Communications & Partner Strategies, WellcomeMat - Fort Collins, CO

Agree Kev!

Aug 26, 2010 04:17 AM #22
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Caleb Mardini
Bellevue, WA

Thanks for posting this Kevin.  I just found out, and had no idea she was even sick.  She had a strong spirit and has definitely left a mark.  She is missed.

Aug 26, 2010 04:52 AM #23
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
St. Petersburg FL - CRS CIPS CLHMS RSPS

I was privileged to meet and know Laurie. This morning at 6:30 I learned the sad news as I read Ann Cummings' facebook post - and sat there crying. This afternoon at my office, I listened to "Gone to Soon" and tears are streaming down both cheeks.  

If it weren't for Active Rain I never would have known Laurie, or many other friends I've met. These many posts show that AR truly is a community. Back in the early days it was a close family. I hope AR will keep all of Laurie's posts for all the old and new readers, whether on her page or a Hall of Fame page. We still have lots to learn from that.

To the point, though, Kev, it's really about Laurie the person, Laurie the friend. Hugs, and Skoal ! 

 

Aug 26, 2010 08:59 AM #24
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Kevin Tomlinson
One Sotheby's International Realty- Miami Beach Real Estate - Miami Beach, FL
Miami Beach Real Estate

ARDELL I think said it best,

 

Laurie: A Piece of Work

Aug 26, 2010 12:54 PM #25
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Colleen Irwin
Retired - Buffalo, NY
Creative Real Estate Solutions...

Kevin you were her little brother, I was her little sister.    If she was talking with me at 11pm she was talking with you.   What I wouldn't do for "hey hon I am on with Kev, are you going to be up in awhile?"   or "Kevin is calling in, I will call you tomorrow, sweet dreams"

 

Cannot believe this is happening....

Aug 27, 2010 02:38 AM #26
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Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Hi Kevin, I'm so sorry you lost a dear friend. Treasure each moment....

Aug 28, 2010 04:00 AM #27
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Cyndee Haydon
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
727-710-8035 Clearwater, Beach Short Sales Luxury Condos &Homes

Kevin,

I'll never forget  you telling me at #REBCORL and I thought (ok hoped beyond belief) for a moment it was a bad joke...it's taken a few days to sink in a realize we really did lose our girl. I loved this song and it fits so well. I hope you are doing well. {{{hugs}}} 

Sharon is so right, the friends we've made for are so special. She was even kind enough to call me worried I hadn't heard - I love her for that. That's the caring community we all became in our journey that for me started by meeting so many here on Active Rain.

I finally found some of the words to do a tribute to her today - still hard through the tears. Jack keeps walking in to find me crying as I would think about moments, conversations, etc. we shared.

 

Aug 29, 2010 02:49 PM #28
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Karen Monsour
Coldwell Banker Fort Lauderdale Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
REALTOR, SSRS - Sells FL Waterfront, Short Sale Expert!

OMG, I had no idea...I am so sorry... I actually had planned to go see her until I was in a car accident months ago and was unable to blog.  I am sick in my stomach now...She was so wonderful and helpful to me when I started with AR,  before there were even 50,000 members...I'm totally shocked, I had no idea....

Sep 17, 2010 03:33 PM #29
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