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Monday, November 11, 2013

In Memoriam: Andrew McNaughton


Dear Writers,

You may have heard the news that Nick Wilford's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, passed away this weekend.

Author Kyra Lennon is organizing the efforts to send Nick and his family flowers (and perhaps a donation to a charity of their choosing) on behalf of our writing community.

(Details at the IWSG page.)

If you feel led, donations can be made via Kyra's Paypal account, and you can contact Kyra at her website or via Twitter for her email address.

I never met Andrew, but from what I've read on Nick's blog, despite his physical challenges, this young man lived life with a passion.

Sending my deepest sympathies, condolences and prayers to the Wilford and McNaughton families.

May you rest in peace, Andrew.



Andrew McNaughton and his step-father, Nick Wilford





30 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

Lovely tribute, Mark! I love that photo of Andrew and Nick, he looks so happy!

Thanks for directing people to the website - donations are coming in thick and fast!

Elephant's Child said...

I am so very sorry.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I don't know Nick, but I extend my deepest sympathies to him and to his family.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Andrew appeared to be a bundle of joy no matter what. A great attitude we should all develop. Prayers for Nick and his family.

Red Shoes said...

May God Bless...

~shoes~

Melissa said...

What a loss. My heart is breaking for Nick and his family.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I've seen this on a lot of blogs this morning. R.I.P. Andrew :(

DRC said...

Oh wow! I had no idea. How terrible! My thoughts and wishes are with Nick and his family :(

Chris Fries said...

My prayers and deepest sympathies to Nick and has family.

Jay Noel said...

Wonderful post. Love and strength to Nick and his family.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Thanks Mark .. it's great the word is getting out ... I've just put a card in the post ... and been in touch with Kyra ..

I just feel so much for them ...

This is wonderful the word will get out ... with thoughts to all - Hilary

Julie Flanders said...

This is such a sad and tragic loss. I can't begin to imagine what Nick and his family are going through. The picture almost brings tears to my eyes. You can see how much love was there.

I'm glad Kyra is giving us all a chance to band together and show our support.

M. J. Joachim said...

Yes, my heart goes out to all the family. God bless Andrew and keep him flying high with the angels.

David P. King said...

I first heard the news over Facebook, and my heart sank. Kudos to Kyra for setting this up!

Emily R. King said...

So sorry for Nick and his family. This is a wonderful idea. Thanks for the info.

Johanna Garth said...

This is such sad news! Thinking of Nick and his family this morning.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

There's been many wonderful words about the web today for Andrew. I hope it brings some comfort to the family.

Annalisa Crawford said...

He always sounded like such an amazing young man. My deepest sympathies to Nick and his family.

A lovely tribute, Mark.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Nice post, Mark. I do love that picture too!

It's heartbreaking to lose anyone we love but even harder when it's your child. My heart goes out to Nick and his family.

Sia McKye Over Coffee

M.L. Swift said...

This was such a shame. I sent a donation and have heard of the red balloon campaign. I don't know how 11:00 London time equates to US east coast time, but I'll get my balloon and let it fly.

M.L. Swift, Writer

Trisha F said...

I only just heard the news - so shocking and sad! :( Went to the FB page and got all teary-eyed. May he RIP.

I'm so sad for Nick and his family.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This just breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with Nick and his family.
I love how this community gets together to help each other.

Meradeth Houston said...

This is so sad. Wonderful tribute here though, and I'm glad the writing community is doing what they can.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

So sad. Such a fabulous smile.

Sherry Ellis said...

I was shocked when I read the news on Alex's blog. Nick and his family will certainly be in my thoughts and prayers!

klahanie said...

Hi Mark,

This sad news has brought shock waves around the community.

Your thoughtful posting is clear demonstration that we can be there for Nick in his time of need.

Many blessings to him and his family. Thank you for this, Mark.

Gary

Spacerguy said...

Godbless his soul. My heartfelt condolences go out to the family.

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh dear, I'm so behind on blogging, I missed the announcement. Hope it's not too late to contribute.

Rebecca Bradley said...

A beautiful photo. A wonderful memory for Nick. A tragic loss. My thoughts are with family and friends at this time.

Thank you for sharing this information Mark.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne said...

How very sad. I'm sure Andrew's family is grateful for your beautiful tribute and for the online community. They will all remain in our prayers.

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