Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Sad news - Kirk Bjornsgaard is gone


I had planned on not adding to my blog until the scheduled post May 1 for VBT, but this morning I received news that 4RV author Kirk Bjornsgaard passed away. My heart aches with his loss and for his family. No matter how expected a death may be, it is still a shock to people who know and love him.

I posted an interview with Kirk a short three weeks ago; the interview can be found here. The world lost a good man and writer. The 4RV family is a member short.

Good bye, Kirk. You will be missed. Thank you for leaving us your novel.



21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Viv. I am sorry to hear of the loss of one of your authors.

Sharon Schafer

Jean Henry Mead said...

It's always a great loss when someone with so much talent leaves us. My condolences to his family.

Holly Jahangiri said...

My sincere condolences to you and to Kirk's family, Viv. I'm glad he got to see his book published before he died. That he so touched you and others in life is a testament to how great the loss is, today.

Amber said...

I'm sorry to hear about the loss, Vivian.

orcalover said...

I did not know him as an author, but I feel this was a most welcome tribute to one of our own (writers). Thank you for honoring him.

Jacque said...

Those of us at 4RV and those who knew Kirk from OWFI will greatly miss one of our own. Kirk was an encourager to other writers and there will be a great hole in our hearts at his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are for his family and his many, many friends.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

My prayers are with his family.

Beverly

Lea said...

My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his family, Vivian.

barrelrep@aol.com said...

Kirk was one of my oldest friends. I had known him since 1963, when we were 12 years old. Today was his birthday, and I am still in shattered shock. My prayers for his family.
--Bob Robertson
Napa Valley, California

Helen Ginger said...

So sorry to hear this. Heartfelt condolences to the family. And to you, as well, Viv.

Katie Hines said...

thanks, Vivian, for posting this. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Vivian Zabel said...

Thank you for the kind comments. I'm sure Kirk's family is reading them and feeling the thoughts and prayers going their way.

Charlotte Phillips said...

My thoughts are with you with Kirk's family today. I'm sorry to hear this sad news.

madcapmaggie said...

Vivian,

I'm sorry to hear of Kirk's death. My thoughts are with you, and with Kirk and his family.

Peggy

Nancy Famolari said...

So sorry to hear this. You have my sympathy.

Nancy

Donna J. Shepherd said...

I'm so sorry. I pray for you and for Kirk's family.

Lisa Logan said...

What an awful shame. Thoughts and prayers to the family and fans for this loss.

--Lisa
http://authorlisalogan.blogspot.com

ChrisChat said...

Condolences to all his family and friends. He will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the warm wishes for the family guys, we appreciate it more than you know. Going to miss him as a Dad and a friend, but he did some amazing things in his lifetime. :)

-Jordan

Brian Jones said...

Hi from Brian
I met Kirk & his wife when I lived in Tulsa, Ok. I'd got to know Kirk through his membership of a talk group on Yahoo, Underground Fire, for fans of the Ventures instrumental group. I helped him move house once before he moved to Ok City. We had a couple of jam sessions, me on guitar, Kirk on drums. He had a passion for the drums. Sadly I never caught up with him again, Id always meant to on a trip back to Okie.
Rest in peace Mate.
God Bless
Brian, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK
ukusaoz@hotmail.com

miriam b said...

Kirk was my second cousin. I had been in touch with him fairly recently in connection with a genealogical project involving other mutual relatives. Today his brother David, who had just located ny email address, wrote to inform me of his passing.

Oddly, I had seen neither Kirk nor David since they were very young children and I was probably in college. I was especially fond of his parents (His mother, Leonora, was my mother's first cousin.), and I vividly remember those active and bright little boys. My deepest condolences to Kirk's family.