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??? ~ may you rest in peace ~ 12-22-99


First of all, please forgive me for sending this letter out in such a cold and "form" way. I realize that the news I am about to tell you all should probably have been told individually, but I am not sure how to say this in one letter, much less several different times. I thought that this might be a proper way to reach everyone, and those that I don't have e-mail addys for, maybe they can hear this news through some of you. This is most difficult for me to say, so please bare with me, and forgive me for being so blunt but there really is no way to say this except to just say it.

I received a phone call on the evening of December 22 from Elaine Farrand, her son is Michael Farrand, whom we all know as Sandman. She told me that Mike passed away on the morning of the 22nd. He had been in the hospital with pnuemonia for about a week and a half and died from complications of that. He developed blood clots in his lungs, for which there was nothing they could do.

I am truly sorry that I did not inform everyone sooner but as some of you may know, Mike and I were pretty good friends and it was kind of hard for me to talk about it right away. I don't deal with death very well (who really does) and for a day or two I thought that if I just didn't think about it, then it didn't happen. How I wish that were true. But time can heal and I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I will never again be able to talk to my dear friend.

Michael may have been a little rough around the edges, but he had a place in his heart for everyone he came in contact with. It took me a while to see that, he didn't want me to ruin his tough guy reputation. I wish I could tell each and every person that he knew, how much he did care about them.

Again, please forgive me for not sending out individual e-mails. I realize there are people on this list that didn't have the opportunity to know Mike, but maybe even those people could think good thoughts for Mike's family. His Mom is a really nice person and I feel so bad that she has to go thru such a difficult time.

Everyone...please take care of yourselves....

Lori Wagner

I will miss ya Sand... We had many an interestin chat night back in the days of 'PC-NP'...
Brat that you were :, but sweet too...

Thank you Peg for forwarding this message to me... Prayers... ~C~