sad news…

The knitu list moderator has passed away…

Gail Eleanor McHugh, an internet moderator for a national knitting company, died at home in Malden on Friday, November 16, 2007, she was 60. Born in Boston, she was the beloved daughter of the late Wilfred E. and Eleanor Marie (Lanagan) McHugh. She is survived by her loving sister, Karen Roche & her husband John of Arlington. Funeral from the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut St., Arlington on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 9 am. Followed by a funeral Mass in St. Agnes Church, Medford St., Arlington at 10 am. Service will conclude with burial in Saint Joseph Cemetery, 990 LaGrange St., West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Gail may be sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244. Arrangements by the Keefe Funeral Home, ARLINGTON.

from a note from her sister:

Gail was born in Boston but went to college in Washington, DC where she stayed for about 13 years before returning to the Boston area. She was an accountant by training but always loved knitting and in fact loved and tried just about any craft.  She used to design needlepoint and was now into jewelry making.

We lost our mother to breast cancer on November 17, 1957 —- Gail died on November 16.  The request for donations to the Susan G. Komen fund were in honor of our mother. Our mother taught Gail to knit but Gail retrained herself left-handed. Gail taught me to knit. I have never knit anything in my life and don't have a craft bone in my body —- she got all those genes!

She could read a novel, knit and watch TV all at the same time. I thought she knit very fast. My husband says that if Gail were around, the Industrial Revolution wouldn't have happened!

Gail's passing was very unexpected although she did have some health problems they weren't terminal. We don't know as yet how or why she left us.  Gail did see the Red Sox win the 2007 World Series; we decided that 2004 was for our Dad but this one was for us! She didn't get to hear that they resigned Mike Lowell though. She'd have approved. She would have liked the Patriots victory over the Bills last Sunday! (sorry if you are from Denver or Buffalo)

Purple was her favorite color. I have never seen so much yarn so I think she has the largest stash —– so I guess she wins! I am sure that the angels do not wear socks! She was very proud of the charities that you all support in particular Covenant House.

I will greatly miss my big sister, Gail. In so many photos of us as children she is holding my hand. She took care of me when our mother died. I like to think there is an afterlife and that Gail is up there with our parents now. Momma and Gail are knitting and all three of them are watching the Red Sox or the Patriots.

Thank you to everyone who has sent a message, lit a candle, sent flowers, made a contribution to any charity and who just plain thought about my sister, Gail. Your outpouring of affection has been a comfort to me and my family.

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