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Cryogenic wrote:PiersEIN wrote:It is with a truly heavy heart that I have to inform you all that 'Like The Bike' aka Harley Payette passed away this morning.
His nephew told me that the support and messages I forwarded to the family were really appreciated.
There's little more I can say -
.. although I will print out your messages and post them to his Mother who was looking after him, so that she can see how much he meant to all of us that knew him.
.."And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance." Kahlil Gibran
His pain is at last gone, so here's hoping that Harley Payette is now truly free and dancing with The King.
Harley was 43, one year older than Elvis when he died.
It is way, way too young.
I am shocked and numb from the suddenness of it all.
Very sad and shocking to read this.
I haven't posted on FECC for a couple of years, now, for a number of reasons, but I feel I can assert the following: a part of this place just died and will never be the same again.
Can someone please promise and take seriously the notion that this entire board needs to be properly archived with its many years of creditable and interesting contributions from a range of personalities, some of whom have either disappeared or become deceased? It sounds corny, but a part of these people's spirits is contained in their writings, and our understanding of Elvis -- and ourselves -- is enriched as long as their contributions (and some entertaining discussions their contributions are embedded within) endure. It would be a travesty if all that were suddenly lost, be it due to some technical failure, software glitch, virus, accidental deletion, or random human madness.
I can see why Elvis liked "The Prophet" so much. That's a beautiful prayer/epistle right there. 43 is hideously young by today's standards; and just one year older than Elvis -- while cogently pointed out, make no mistake -- has an ugly poetry to it that almost makes a mockery of the human condition. Will someone finish LTB's book for him, I wonder? I guess this is a question for another time, but I can't help wondering. I bet whatever LTB had already written down is worth reading in whatever form it's in. I think I'm going to go back and read some of his former posts now. Thanks for forwarding those messages, Piers. I raise a glass to LTB and thank him for passing this way in his journey through life.
Wed May 01, 2013 3:36 pm
TJ wrote:This is very upsetting. I'd known about Harley's illness for a long time and really hoped he would beat it.
Harley was an excellent writer with an infectious enthusiasm for many of the greats of popular music. He made a number of insightful contributions to my site over the last few years, all of which were very welcome:
Harley will be greatly missed.
My thoughts are with all who knew him.
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jacob wrote:Harley P. Payette
Harley P. Payette, 43, of Phillipsburg, NJ. passed away April 29, 2013 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born: He was born July 11, 1969 in Phillipsburg, NJ. He was the son, of the late Harley Rissmiller and Jean Roberts Rissmiller, of Phillipsburg, NJ. Personal: Harley was a Journalist and free lance writer with the Express-Times, Star Ledger, Warren Reporter and the Knowlton News for many years. Harley was a graduate of Phillipsburg High School Class of 1987 and Rider College. Survivors: Harley is survived by his mother, Jean, of Phillipsburg, NJ; brothers and sisters, Cindy Bennett and her husband Walter, of Phillipsburg, Dawn Rodriguez and her husband William, of Phillipsburg, James Payette, of Centronia, PA, Corrnine Payette, of New Port, NH, Frieda Payette, of Greenville, TN, Clarence Payette, of New Port, NH, Crystal Payette of New Port, NH; nieces and nephews, Robert Silfies, Jerry and Jesse Yanavok and Amber and Miguel Rosairo. Harley was predeceased by a brother, George Payette, who passed away in 1983. Services: A Funeral Service will be celebrated on Friday May 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., in the Finegan Funeral Home, 302 Heckman St., Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. Calling hours will be from 9 to 11:00 a.m., in the funeral home, on Friday. Interment will follow in Fairmount Cemetery, Phillipsburg, NJ. Memorials: In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Harley in c/o the funeral home. Fineganfh.com
Published in The Express Times from April 30 to May 1, 2013
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