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I can't write any memories about Mr Rogers, never having seen the show, living in the UK but I did want my transatlantic friends to know I'm thinking about them, and by the sounds of it this MR Rogers was one heck of a guy.
Originally posted by EmmyMik And that just goes to show you how wonderful Mr. Rogers is. I had the makings of a horrible day, but it's not. I left the house a little late, but with a smile on my face. He's not gone. Not from our hearts...
Here's an article that goes into some detail about Fred's last days along with his strong faith and confidence. There are links to some nice video clips and links to helping children deal with this issue as well.
Pastor Says Mister Rogers Handled Impending Death With Class
Rogers Confided In Reverend
PITTSBURGH -- Fred Rogers was known for offering hope and encouragement to people who were going through difficult times. But how did he handle the harsh reality he was dying?
"Fred and his wife, Joanne, told me after worship early in January he'd be going in for surgery," Rev. John McCall said.
McCall is pastor of the 6th Presbyterian Church in Squirrel Hill, where Rogers and his family have been members for 30 years.
McCall says while Rogers wished to protect his privacy, he confided in his pastor. McCall says Rogers handled his impending death with class, "Like he did everything else, very graciously. He was uncomfortable for a long time. He was courageous," McCall said.
Rogers attended Sunday school for adults at the church and was a regular at the 11 a.m. service.
McCall says Rogers was loved and respected by the congregation, but was never treated any differently. He didn't want that.
It was his strong faith and the encouragement he gave to so many ... the words that he would now follow one last time.
"I had one opportunity to say goodbye to him when we both knew it would be the last time we saw one another. We had a prayer together and now it is very meaningful for me. By that time, he could only communicate with us on a limited basis, but he was very appreciative of the prayer and said amen when we were done," McCall said.
McCall says Rogers' death will be acknowledged during services this Sunday, but will not be the focus.
He is presiding over a private service for the family Saturday at an undisclosed location.
Noppers... Lady Aberlin was the nun the angels talked to in the begining of the movie in the airport.... she goes home to re-think her life... check out the credits, Betty Aberlin is there... no Uncle Friday though.....
I am and always have been a Captain Kangaroo fan, but I saw Mister Rogers over the years and knew the values he was teaching. Although he was no longer producing new shows, I know how comforting it is to me to know Bob Keeshan, who feels like an old friend, is still with us. I was a grown man when Jim died and I have to tell you when I think about it, tears come to my eyes to this day. So I wanted to say to Fred Roger's true fans you have my condolence.