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RIP: Hossein Ali Qomi, mka Dr. Gregory Rose

I've posted this on Facebook, but not everyone here is there. My friend fatlefty, also known as Baron Hossein Ali Qomi in the SCA, and known mundanely as Dr. Gregory Rose, died this morning from complications of a stroke.

Greg and I were firends for over 25 years. When his beloved wife Terry died and he was unemployed he moved in with us and lived here from 2004 until 2008. For the last several years he has lived with his domestic partner, Jillian, out in Oregon. We kept in touch by phone. We always talked about getting together again but, there never seemed to be a good time. Greg tried to come out in April to NYC, but his doctors told him he could no longer travel safely for long distances by plane.

Last time I talked to Greg was a few weeks ago. He had reached me at a bad time and I said "I'll give you a call back." But it's been busy and, besides, it seemed like there would always be time.

No longer.

Who can say if I've been changed for the better. I believe that I've been changed for the better. But, because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

Goodbye my friend. The wolrd is a less interesting place than it was yesterday.
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