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In Memoriam [Jun. 24th, 2003|11:53 pm]
Kurt Onstad
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[Current Music |Farther Down-Matthew Sweet-Can't Hardly Wait]

Let's be honest: Jerry Levitz scared me most of the time that I knew him. My strongest memory of him is one night when he came home from spending a week or more in the Valley, each of the Levitz children chimed in "Hi Dad," and being me, I also said "Hi Dad." He looked at me for a second and with a semi-growling voice said "Don't call me Dad." I blanched with fear at the prospect of what he would do to me if I persisted...

But, then, he also had an excellent sense of humor. It's because of him that Dave-or-Kurt got shortened to DorK back when I was in college and just starting the name change thing. And he sacrificed quite a bit of his own happiness for the sake of his family. Which makes it all the more tragic that, now that he actually had the time to enjoy his life, it was cut short. He collapsed in the lobby of a theater Sunday (a common location for he and Mrs. Levitz to be these days), and died of a heart attack nearly instantly.

Since I won't be able to go to his funeral on Thursday, I wanted to share my remorse in some way. My sympathy goes out to all of the Levitz family, especially Linda.

I wish I had more to say, but I didn't really know him that well. But hopefully I can say this, and you'll all understand what I'm trying to say...

"Orange."
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[User Picture]From: pottertilly
2003-06-26 04:46 pm (UTC)
Instead of writing my own entry thought I'd comment in here... The ceremony was a very nice one with lots of people who attended. He was a popular man! :)

It was a beautiful day and I so hope that the family will be comforted somehow.
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From: sencollins
2003-07-05 05:47 pm (UTC)

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Hey DorK,
Josh Collins.
I have very similar memories of Jerry. I was telling Joel and Aaron that most of my memories included a stern, disapproving look, which I'm sure had to do with the fact that he, being thier father wanted them to do their work and succeed in life, and I being their friend wanted them to procrastinate and entertain me. These two things often came into direct conflict.

But Jerry was an amazing family man, who often put up with me, you, and anyone else, because it pleased his family so much to have us around, and he took great joy in his family being happy.

I knew the man for 20 years and still didn't really know him and I truly wish I could have.

The funeral was a wonderful tribute to him and their family. It was filled with kind words and good humor.

For those of us who do understand what you are saying, I can only respond with...

"Giraffe?"
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