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Arthur Vaso is a Canadian poet, born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. He has had his works published in local papers/magazines as well as on many Web sites. He has traveled extensively around the world, and writes about a wide variety of topics.

In Memory of Keith Bickerstaffe

Blog Posted:1/3/2018 1:52:00 AM

It is with a profound sadness I mention the passing of a Poetrysoup member Keith Bickerstaffe. Although I had met him on Poetrysoup we also communicated on the Writers-network, and not only was he a poet I admired, he was one who encouraged me to write. My regret is only that I didn't spend time to talk more and know better such a great person. I offer my condolences to all his family. He was a kind, humorous and gentle man!

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Date: 1/22/2018 8:57:00 PM
Very sad news:-( What a great, prolific poet he really was. And what a wonderful tribute to your friend. I'm sorry for your loss. His poem "Petal" is my personal favorite. RIP, Mr. Bickerstaffe...
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Date: 1/20/2018 8:02:00 AM
Thank you for this sad news, Arthur. What a tremendous loss! I feel the same way you do about his passing..... Ilene Bauer
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Date: 1/11/2018 10:56:00 PM
Hello all, This is Keir, Keith's son. I just wanted to thank you all so much for your kind words and remembrances of my father. He has been ill for some time and so had not been able to contribute to the site for many months. But I know that this community was so meaningful to him for so many years and provided him such joy. I have a couple hundred of my dad's poems, but was awestruck to visit his page today and see hundreds more I never knew about! What a treasure trove, and what a remarkable gift to have in sad times. Thanks again to you all for the kindness and talent you shared with my Dad, and especially to Art for posting this blog and directing me to my Dad's poems. Much love.
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 1/22/2018 9:01:00 PM
Keir, my deepest condolences. Your dad was truly gifted. We'll all missed him. You'll be in my prayers...
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ilene bauer
Date: 1/20/2018 8:00:00 AM
Hello Keir. Although I post on PoetrySoup, I rarely read the blogs and have just learned of your dad's passing.He was a rare and brilliant poet and seemed, through his words, to be a gentle and generous soul. Please accept my condolences - I will miss his touching and wonderful poetry very much..... Ilene Bauer
Date: 1/9/2018 7:09:00 AM
This is so sad. His poem 'The morn's alive with skylarks singing' has been a fave of mine for yonks. A talented poet whose work was imbued with wisdom and experience much like a whisky ages in an oak barrel to become the finest. may you rest in peace, Keith. Viv
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Date: 1/8/2018 10:44:00 AM
My condolences to all his family, friends and admirers. Keith was a true poet and I've enjoyed reading many of his very fine poems posted here at the Soup.... So saddened at learning of this sorrowful news..
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Date: 1/7/2018 2:44:00 PM
- A sad news - May his soul rest in peace - Blessing to his family - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 1/6/2018 11:24:00 PM
I did not have the pleasure of knowing Keith or his work, but I will certainly seek it out, as anything you suggest is of quality, Arthur. My prayers are with his soul and family and loved ones, that they find peace, in time, and that their grief reminds them of the depth of their affection and love ... mourning is not a bad thing, but rather the lingering shine of the treasure that was our loved ones, and the hole in our hearts the proof of just how deeply that love penetrated our soul. Blessings to all who loved him, may he rest in peace. <3
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Date: 1/6/2018 3:37:00 PM
How sad to hear of his passing. I am unable to logon to Facebook so thanks for passing on this very sad news. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.May he rest in peace. Suzanne
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Date: 1/5/2018 6:56:00 AM
I have read his work on here..Sad to learn of his passing..From the picture it seems that he had some sons and a grandson which I know he loved and they loved him..Sara
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Date: 1/5/2018 12:07:00 AM
Oh I remember sad for his family...blessings Keith....Seren
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Date: 1/4/2018 3:41:00 PM
this is sooo sad; i have had lots of exchanges with keith and found him to be a beautiful person... prayers are ongoing for him..... thanks, arthur for letting us know...
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Date: 1/4/2018 9:30:00 AM
He was a very talented poet, whose skills I greatly admired. I am sending condolences to his family. He will surely be missed. Thank you, Arthur, for letting us know. Hugs, Catie
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Date: 1/4/2018 12:58:00 AM
I went back to see some of his poems and was able to remember the talented writer that he was. gosh, time just slips right by us. Over a year and I had not seen his latest poems!! They were very good. Thanks again for letting us know about him . I fear maybe I had not communicated with him for over a year. It's just so sad to me.
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Date: 1/4/2018 12:41:00 AM
this is sad news, and I believe I remember commenting to him but did not know he was missing. It's difficult to keep track of all that come and go, so I appreciate you bringing this to our attention. I must go see a poem of his now to remind myself about him and if I had seen his last post or not. My condolences to his family.
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Date: 1/3/2018 3:00:00 PM
My prayers go out for Keith and his family. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow and may He welcome Keith into His Kingdom.
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Date: 1/3/2018 9:25:00 AM
Arthur, this is sad news today, another poet angel flies away ! He hadn't posted since 2016, was he sick ? Prayers for the family. Rest in peace, Keith.
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Date: 1/3/2018 8:36:00 AM
what sad sad news Arthur he was a wonderful poet. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time.:-( hugs jan xx
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Date: 1/3/2018 8:32:00 AM
Just seen the message on face book and very sad to hear the news. We will miss him and his poetry. May he rest in peace. love phyl
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Date: 1/3/2018 8:23:00 AM
He was a wonderful poet and will be missed.
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arthur vaso
Date: 1/15/2018 12:17:00 AM
Thanks Tim, he was a positive influence here, like you are!!!
Date: 1/3/2018 8:08:00 AM
I just woke up and saw this on facebook :( Very sad. He was always so nice to me. Thank you for posting this, Arthur.
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Date: 1/3/2018 7:29:00 AM
He is one of my favorite poets here. I will miss him. May God rest his soul. Thank you for letting us know.
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Date: 1/3/2018 4:20:00 AM
So sad. Just read his "End of Days" - I loved it. Will read more when I get the chance. Rest in peace, mate.
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