Tina Loney (1943-2006)

Tina Loney

My best friend died this morning. Tina Loney was the “best man” at my wedding. When I got together with Rita, it was Tina’s approval I sweated out, not my parents’. Fortunately, Tina approved. Tina and her partner of 15 years, Eric Rawlins, have been our companions through countless adventures, tribulations and mundane pleasures since Rita and I became a couple at the end of 1992.

There aren’t many people in this world with whom you can have a completely truthful relationship, whose judgment you can trust 100%. Tina was that sort of friend to me for nearly 20 years. The last time I saw her, on June 1, I looked her in the eye and thanked her for her friendship, fierce loyalty, and unblinking honesty. “I won’t forget,” she assured me. “Neither will I,” I said.

9 Responses to “Tina Loney (1943-2006)”

  1. shiney mike says:

    Sorry, David. Man, when it rains, it pours.

  2. NickJ says:

    My sincere condolences, David.

    How wonderful to have had someone like that in your life!

  3. southrnmystic says:

    This has been repeated too much lately … but it’s beautiful, yes?

    “When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” – Kahlil Gibran

  4. Mark says:

    My condolences, David. This is something I have experienced too much of already this year, and death don’t have no mercy.

    Peace to you and yours.

  5. […] This month has been a tough one on a personal and professional level. My dear friend Tina Loney, who was the “best man” at my wedding and was my close friend and most trusted counselor for twenty years, lost her long battle with lung cancer on June 8. You’ll find a picture of her and a few words at http://gdhour.com/logblog/?p=126 […]

  6. glinda says:

    “We are things of a day. What are we? What are we not? The shadow of a dream is man, no more. But when the brightness comes, and god gives it, there is a shining of light upon men and their life is sweet.”
    Pindar 400 b.c.

    I am so sorry for your loss. Adding Vince to the departure of such a close friend must be heavy indeed. You’ve been an inspiration with your musical choices and compositions in the face of sadness. I absolutely loved the song by Jerry Lawson about Angels that Vince wrote. Blessings for your tour. I hope you can find peace as well as transmutation along the way.

    Come to the NorthWest if you’re still adding shows!!

  7. oneeggcream says:

    David, I’m so sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose a friend and convidant that you have had for such a long time. I have lost a few just growing apart but to lose them forever is a whole other story. I’m sure she will live on in your heart and mind. Tina, R.I.P.

  8. RobC says:

    David, I feel for you. I lost my Mom on 5/8 to cancer. She was way too young at 60 and its been tough. Many thoughts and much understanding….get on the road…..it will help.

    Take care,

  9. Farley says:

    We are fortunate to have friends who wake us and shake us when it’s most needed. They become a part of your skin, that no downpour can wash away, and time cannot erase. Thinking of you. FD

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