People come into our lives. Some for just a while, others for a longer stay. But it isn't the time spent together that matters, it's the connection.
Many people reside in my heart, and are a part of me. Whether I see them physically, or just share memories that enrich me in ways I can't begin to describe, they are with me.
So it is with a heavy heart that I learned today that my wonderful friend, Wayne Allwine has passed away.
This man had such a capacity for life, his joy was infectious. I can hardly believe he is gone.
Wayne was one of the funniest people I have ever met, someone I always looked forward to seeing. When you combine his great good humor with that of his loving wife, Russi, who could begin to imagine a better way to spend time than in their company?
My heart aches so for Russi, if I were anywhere near, I would take her in my arms.
A bit about Wayne . . .
He was with Disney for it seemed like forever. He first worked with a gentleman named Jimmy McDonald, who did foley work, and voiced Mickey Mouse when Walt Disney decided he was no longer up for he task. On the passing of Jimmy, the torch was passed to Wayne.
Then an amazing thing happened. He met Russi Taylor, who voices Minnie Mouse. Why, it seemed like magic, they way they were together. Soon they were married.
Wayne was a big bear of a man, and Russi is just a slip of a girl, but did they ever fit together! Their good natures were so similar, I ALWAYS looked forward to time with them.
Now I'm ashamed to admit I haven't seen them for so many years but they have both been with us as we've made this amazing journey, and I will miss Wayne terribly.
The world seems a little less bright knowing he is no longer here.
Russi, I love you. Thank you for the times we've had and I really hope we can see you soon.
And thank you for reminding me of the endurance of love. You've had the best and that is a rare thing indeed.
Goodbye Wayne, we love you and will miss you always.
Wayne Allwine 1947-2009, way too short a time.