Life And Loss

The late R.J. "Dusty" Woods.

My life is changed forever.

On September 8, 2017, my beloved husband, Ronald J. “Dusty” Woods, passed away at the age of 70.

Funny, “seventy” sounds so old – but it seemed far too soon to lose the man I’d been married to for 40 years.  For forty years I watched and appreciated as he worked as a bar-band musician, composed an amazing number of songs and instrumentals, struggled with his health problems.  Forty years of closeness and growing understanding.  Forty years of sharing dreams.  Forty years of lovely back-rubs every night (*sigh*). 

I received a lot of love, help and support through that time of loss.  My particular thanks go out to Dusty’s sister Joan and brother-in-law Dave (alas, he’s also gone now), who shared my loss and who have been totally supportive.  I am also grateful to Jayne’s Funeral Home in Digby, Nova Scotia, which handled all the details of the death and cremation, including helping me apply for assistance so I could afford to do it all.

It’s been almost 6 years now.  Life is pretty well back to normal, but the moments of realization still come at unexpected times and the pain, while coming to the fore less frequently, is still just as strong.

What does this have to do with business?  My business is what I do; “Mrs. Dusty” is (still) who I am.  The two really do become one flesh, and the years of going through life together draw the bonds ever closer.

Rest in peace, my Blues Man. 

You can listen to and purchase Dusty’s country and blues songs and albums on his BandCamp page.

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