i found out today that my uncle lonia has passed. he has been fighting lung cancer for about a year.
lonia was the oldest of my mother's brothers, one of three uncles that reside in cyprus.
he has been a hard worker all his life, one of his biggest passions being painting. he could really capture the magic of cypriot architecture, the warmth of its woodlands and the mystery of its coastlines.
i feel for his wife, hara, who cared for him selflessly to the end. thank you hara, for your commitment and kindness. lonia passed surrounded by true love.
lonia had strong opinions and a great sense of humor. he liked to converse with a stiff drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. he was generous with his artwork, passing on many pieces to family members. he will live on in these paintings. when i think of lonia i see him giving a knowing nod, his piercing eyes alight with life, a slow thoughtful smile creeping across his face.
yassou lonia, may you meet peace in the great beyond.