Buddy-He was a goo

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11/8/2010 3:57am
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Buddy, my dear husbacd of 43 years, passed  away today.

He really fought the melanoma battle.  The journey has been a long one, some ups, some downs, but we always thought we would win.

Winning wasn't in the cards this time,  Anyone so desiring can man







Cate - (11/8/2010 - 6:19am)

I'm so sorry Nancy.  Just know that Buddy is finally at peace.  He fought the good fight and can now rest.  I know how difficult this must be for you.  Take care of yourself.  Cate

Linda/Kentucky - (11/8/2010 - 6:23am)

Many prayers I send to you at this time~~~  I hope you find that the memories of Buddy bring you peace and comfort and know how hard he fought this battle to the end.  God Bless....



I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me! Phillipians 4:13

Fen - (11/8/2010 - 6:49am)

I'm so sorry. May your memories of those wonderful 43 years bring you comfort.  Sending prayers to you and your family.


Lori C - (11/8/2010 - 8:00am)

I am so sorry.  It is a brutal disease.  Prayers of comfort to you and may Buddy's spirit stay close & comfort you. 

lhaley - (11/8/2010 - 8:00am)


My heart is breaking for you. You bought fought this horrible disease with all you had, but God had different plans. Buddy is now at peace. Remember the good times to help you get though this.


jag - (11/8/2010 - 8:10am)

A man's greatest gift sometimes is to be loved and cared for.  That was definitely Buddy.

God Bless


Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

Nancy - (11/8/2010 - 9:50am)

I should have called Jerry to post for me - Sorry - I couldn't get the post finished, etc.

Anyway, he was in hospice, no pain anymore -  He did everything available, but a cure was not to be. 

He said he had a good life,  and the folks who came to visit him, said he was a 'good and decent man"

always fair, in coaching softball, he never embarrased anyone by yelling at them, but took them aside and said,"You can do better next time, can't you?" He had that way about him, even accepting melanoma with as much grace as one could.

Douglas "Buddy" O'Keefe  1941-2010




ValinMtl - (11/8/2010 - 9:53am)

I'm so sorry Nancy. Buddy put up a valiant fight, I hate this monster.  Val

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Nothing is worth more than this day!

BethA in VA - (11/8/2010 - 4:55pm)

What a nice tribute to your husband of 43 years.  That is a long time...and an example to many.  I am sorry for your loss.  I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers.  Beth

Melanoma tends to cut into your looks!!


King - (11/8/2010 - 11:21am)



I offer my sincere sympathy to you, Buddy's family and friends.  I hope happy memories of the years together will replace the sadness and stress of the battle with melanoma.


Stay Strong


Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

debbieVA - (11/8/2010 - 1:15pm)



I am so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing.....Praying for peace....God bless you.


Debbie Stage 4 NED


You, Buddy and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.  Buddy was a fighter and you were the perfect partner for him.


Jerry from Cape Cod

It's about kickin' Melanoma's butt!

"Meh. Get on with it. Do not feed rabid monkeys. To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another." in memory of NicOz

Rocklove - (11/8/2010 - 4:58pm)

I'm so sorry Nancy for your loss of Buddy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

MaryD - (11/8/2010 - 11:53pm)

I'm so sorry for your loss Nancy - Buddy sounds like a gracious man.  How wonderful to have been married 43 years!   The loss is great but may the memories comfort you .  .


JoanR - (11/9/2010 - 1:45am)

I am so sad to hear your news. You will miss him terribly, but hopefully you will find comfort knowing he is at peace at last...take good care of yourself, and soon the days will be easier...Visit here and talk when you need a shoulder to lean on.

Amy Busby - (11/9/2010 - 2:25pm)

Oh Nancy.  I am so so sorry.  I know Buddy had been in decline for awhile but it's never easy to let go.  I will keep you in my prayers as you start this new chapter in your life.  I'm glad he's now at peace & pain free.  He got away and went somewhere melanoma can never tough him.  To me that's a win.



I continue to praise God in this storm, counting my blessings & enjoying my "bonus time!"

rj - (11/9/2010 - 2:45pm)

Nancy, dear, I'm so sorry for you.  The blessing is that he's free of pain and all the other effects of melanoma, but the pain now is in your heart as you miss him.  May God strengthen you and comfort you as you struggle with the void in your life.  With a hug and a prayer...Ron and Betsy Johns

EricNJill - (11/9/2010 - 8:21pm)

Nancy,  You know my heart is breaking for you.  There really are no words.  Just know that I am thinking of you.  I wish I could give you a great big hug.  Love, JillNEric in OH

JuleFL - (11/9/2010 - 10:36pm)

I am so sorry for your loss.  You are in my prayers.


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings.........put out my hand and touched the face of God.
John Gillespie Magee, Jr

Sharyn - (11/10/2010 - 9:57pm)

Dear Nancy,

I am so very sorry to hear this news. Both you and Buddy fought a valiant battle for so long. I wish you peace and comfort as you move through this most difficult time,  Please accept my deepest condolences.

Warm comforting hugs

Sharyn, Stage IV

WLE, SNB, ILP, LND, PV-10, Uterine mets (Hysterectomy), GM-CSF, WBR, RT, Temodar, B-RAF negative, SRS (Novalis) to brain, Breast mets (Mastectomy), currently on Ipilimumab compassionate use trial
Mets to brain, lung and sub-qs. Craniotomy.