Before the holiday season, Stephanie Fuger of London, and Simon Fuger of Florida, sent a notice of the passing of their father and mother in 2008 — June on May 6, 2008, and Jim Nov. 1, 2008.
For more than a decade, the Fugers spent each winter season at their condominium in Pagosa Springs. Jim served several terms as president of the homeowners association. They loved skiing at Wolf Creek, always had season passes, and savored the company of fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Stephanie especially wanted members of the Gray Wolves to know of the Fugers passing at their home in Southport on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Jim Fuger and June Fuger were remarkable as individuals and most especially as a couple. The notice from their daughter was representative of her parents’ thoughtfulness: It was a thank you to the Pagosa Springs community for bringing much joy to her parents’ lives. Stephanie can be assured that they brought more than they could possibly have received.
Jim and June had some wonderful and enduring friends, from their childhoods through to their last years, and this note from Simon and me is to thank you for your friendship.
This is not a year Simon and I anticipated; our parents were going to be the ones to make their centuries. Neither did Jim anticipate that June would predecease him, and when she did he couldn’t find the will to continue without her.
As Simon and I packed up their home, the scope of their lives, from before they met and through 63 years of marriage, came more into focus. We had been a part of it, but not all of it, and then too closely involved to take in the wider picture. From the letters, photographs and mementoes they preserved we are growing to appreciate them in another way than we already do. The world events witnessed and experienced we know about, and the places they lived, worked and played, but how your parents feel about their times is not always something you consciously register. We are grateful they have left us with so many memories, none will ever fill the void they have left, but they help.
Jim and June enjoyed their friends, they were important to them. Thank you for your friendship and for being a part of their lives.
If you would please pass this on to everyone in Pagosa, where they had many happy years, and to the Gray Wolves, we should be so grateful.
With many best wishes.