One of the first people to welcome me to the blogosphere all those years ago was a blogger known as Jon Swift. He said of himself, “I am a reasonable conservative who likes to write about politics and culture. Since the media is biased I get all my news from Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Jay Leno monologues.” He wrote with a gentle but sharp sense of satire, and I felt that I was in the presence of someone who knew exactly the right thing to say.
So it was with great sadness that I learned today through Melissa at Shakesville that the man I knew as Jon Swift was in reality Al Weisel and that he died suddenly last weekend. The news was posted in a comment on his blog by his mother.
I don’t know how else to tell you all who love this blog. I am Jon Swift’s Mom and I guess I’m going to OUT him. He was Al Weisel, my beloved son. Al was on his way to his father’s funeral in VA when he suffered 2 aortic aneurysms, a leaky aortic valve and an aortic artery dissection from his heart to his pelvis. He had 3 major surgeries within 24 hours and sometime during those surgeries also suffered a severe stroke. We, his 2 sisters, his brother, his partner and his best friend since he was 9 years old were with him as he took his last breath. We have all lost a shining start who warmed our hearts, tormented us and made us laugh as he giggled at our pulling something over on us. He passed away on February 27, 2010. My beloved child will live on in so many hearts. I miss him more than I can say. If you are on Facebook, go to organizations and join “Friends of Al Weisel, Unite!” It will give you just a taste of how special he was. Farewell, Jon (Al)
I hold him and his family in the Light.