Memorial Guestbook from Anderson-McQueen Web Site

 

Date:

01/24/2003

Name:

Laurel Eiler laureltn@comcast.net

From:

Brentwood , Tennessee USA

Message:

Mrs. Kanabay, Dearest Donna, Sandi, Cathy & Terry:

I had the pleasure of only meeting Mr. and Mrs. Kanabay in person once, but I feel as if I know them so well.  Donna is a dear friend, with whom I have shared many of the joys and sorrows of our lives.  At some point, "Daddy Don," became a frequent visitor to our email antics -- and we always looked forward to his contributions.  He was a brilliant man, with incredible wit and a zest for life.  When you read an email from Don, you could FEEL the twinkle in his eye!  

I told Donna upon hearing of her father's passing that one of the biggest accomplishments anyone can hope for during their time on this earth is to touch people and make a difference.  In that regard, Don Kanabay was a huge and resounding success, even to his final days.  His courage, faith, strength, and deep love for his wonderful wife and children is a shining example to all of us.

As a fellow court reporter, I admired Daddy Don's skill, his professional accomplishments and his devotion to his firm, his reporters and his clientele.  He cared deeply about our craft and continued to be a champion for the betterment of our industry when most folks his age had lost interest and started working on their golf game.

I will miss you, Daddy Don, but I will not forget you.

With Love and Sympathy,

Laurel
 

Date:

01/24/2003

Name:

Richard N. Gard fgard@megsinet.net

From:

Elk Grove Village , IL USA

Message:

Helen and family, please accept my condolences.  Don and I had so many wonderful memories of our fun and pranks throughtout our high school years; school, jobs and vacations.  It was always fun  and never dull!  I'm glad we had the opportunity to renew our friendship at our 40th and 50th high school reunions.  We had a great time reviewing those years through our e-mails.

To Don, have a peaceful journey and don't forget to finish your story about Leonard Gillis when we meet again.  Farewell and as you always finished your e-mails to me, "who luvs ya baby?"

Your "oldest friend", Ritchie              
 

Date:

01/24/2003

Name:

Sheena Weaver scopist247@cox.net

From:

Sapulpa , OK United States

Message:

My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Kanabay family.  I have been blessed to work with Donna only a short time, but in that short time, I have come to learn of the great love she has for her family, especially her parents.  Each time we've discussed family, she speaks of hers with insurmountable pride.  Hold tight to one another during this time of great loss; you will need one another now more than ever.

I wanted to offer a beautiful poem that was read at my great-grandmother's funeral this September:

When tomorrow starts without me
And I'm not there to see
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today
While thinking of the many things
We didn't get to say
I know how much you loved me
As much as I loved you
And each time you think of me
I know I'll miss you too
But when tomorrow starts without me
Please try to understand
That an angel came and called my name
And took me by the hand
And said my place was ready
In Heaven far above
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love
But when I walked through Heaven's gates
I felt so much at home
When God looked down and smiled at me
From His golden throne
He said, This is eternity
And all I've promised you
Today for life on Earth is past
But here it starts anew
I promise no tomorrow
For today will always last
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past
So when tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we're far apart
For every time you think of me
I'm right here in your heart.
 

Date:

01/23/2003

Name:

Anna quacks_once@yahoo.com

From:

Melbourne , Australia

Message:

Father Don will always be the most cherished priest in my heart.  A blessing to all those who knew him and all those he prayed for.  
 

Date:

01/23/2003

Name:

Buddy & Gwenn San Marco bsanmarco@derbylane.com

From:

St. Petersburg , Florida Pinellas

Message:

Father Don was a true friend to everyone.  I will always remember his  kindness and the friendship we enjoyed for many years.  I will miss him.  Our sympathies and condolences go out to his wonderful family. I know the they miss him, but what great memories they will have of this great man.
 

Date:

01/23/2003

Name:

nicolas nikolsky nx999@hotmail.com

From:

st pete, florida USA

Message:

Eternal Memory!!! our prayers are w/you dear Matushka helen and family !!!!
 

Date:

01/23/2003

Name:

jim ballinger jimballinger812@go-concepts.com

From:

lebanon , oh usa

Message

what a pleasure to 'pun' the priest ... and forget about prostate cancer.  I pictured his caricuture of a portly priest on his e-mail and did not recognize the white-haired senatorial looking visage in a police uniform.  Still want to thank him for letting me be PRIEST ASSOCIATE OF THE EUNUCH'S UNITED.

JIM BALLINGER
 

Date:

01/23/2003

Name:

Deloris McCarthy Mahoney dondelmahoney@worldnet.att.net

From:

Palos Park , Illinois

Message:

Our prayers are with you, Don, on your heavenly journey. Our sincere sympathy and prayers for Helen and family.  Don and I were classmates at Lakeview High '50.  He was an exemplary young man then and throughout his life. Glad we were able to celebrate  together at our 50th reunion. It was a special time.                               Don and Deloris Mahoney
 

Date:

01/23/2003

Name:

JM SAVINO

From:

, ROCHESTER , NY

Message:

HEAVEN IS JUST A BIT HAPPIER TONIGHT.
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

 

Message:


 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Karen Tomczak Hehn khehn@tampabay.rr.com

From:

Treasure Island , Florida Pinellas

Message:

My deepest sympathies go out to the entire family.  Don will be deeply missed.  What I remember the most about Don is that he saw a potential in me that I didn't even see in myself.  He pushed me to be a better court reporter.  If it were not for Don, I never would have achieved what I did - that is being a Merit Reporter.  Of course, those same principles apply to life a well.  Never stop trying to be the best you can be.  Thanks, Don.
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Colin Bray colinbray@ozemail.com.au

From:

Noraville, NSW Australia

Message:

"In Admiration"
Colin Bray
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Robert W. Brokopp bbrokopp@aol.com

From:

Yorba Linda , California United States

Message:

My sincere condolences to a cousin I don't remember even meeting.  50 years later, after having missed a lifetime without truly knowing him, I feel a great loss.  May we meet one day in Heaven since we weren't able to do so here on Earth.  With Love, cousin Bob
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

James L. Howell jhowell@txucom.net

From:

Katy , Texas USA

Message:

He always saw my true intentions.  He gave me a lot in difficult times.
I will always remember him with a smile.
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Donna Kanabay Harvey, daughter of Don Donna@Kanabay.com

From:

St. Petersburg , Florida USA

Message:

I've promised many of dad's e-mail list that I would post here the story of why he applied to the St. Petersburg Police Department to be a chaplain, so here is his letter of application:

Dear Sgt. Perez:

My maternal grandfather, Rudolph Brokopp, was a Chicago policeman Ė and my hero.  When I was seven years old, one of my aunts asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I was in second grade at the time, and had just been taught by the nuns that when a man is ordained to the Sacred Priesthood, he is a priest forever.

My answer to my aunt was, ďI want to be a policeman first, and then after that I want to be a priest, because you canít quit that job.Ē

I remember everyone in the room laughing, and my mother giving me a good hug.

Why do I want to be a Police Chaplain?  Because it seems as if that little seven-year-old boyís dream might finally be fulfilled in Godís own way.  And I like to think that Grandpa Brokopp would be proud of me.


This letter, a picture of my Great Grandpa Brockopp in his police uniform, and of dad in his (I believe the same picture that's been posted on this site,) and dad's gold police badge, will be part of our display in tribute to him.
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Jim McGuinness jimpegm@cfl.rr.com

From:

Melbourne , FL USA

Message:

I had the pleasure of meeting Father Don at our local Man to Man meeting two years ago when he and his wife drove to hear Dr Strum speak at our meeting. I did not know that he was a priest until much later on the Pc Spes email group. I truly enjoyed his sincerity, upbeat attitide, and occasional verses. He will be sorely missed. Godspeed to you Father Don.
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Patti Kane Marshall pjmarshall@shadrach.net

From:

Homosassa , FL USA

Message:

I am one of what Don like to call his ďKana-babies.Ē  Don took me under his wing as soon as I graduated from court reporting school.  What a delightful man to work for and with.

The day I learned of his passing, the most amazing thing happened.  I had a job that I was dreading going to the moment I learned of it four days in advance.  I got to the job and was immediately confronted with seemingly insurmountable problem after insurmountable problem.  The thing is, no matter what they threw at me, I had the solution to the problem.

When we finally got the deposition started, I wrote like the wind.  I couldnít believe how difficult the job was and that it didnít matter:  I was on top of it.  It was as if I had new speed, new skill, renewed confidence.

That evening I realized that since leaving my position under dear Donís watchful eyes, Iíd lost my passion for the work I do.  Iíd become lacidaisical.  Suddenly, now that Don has a much better vantage point from which to look over me, Iíve resolved to be the best, most professional reporter I can be, the one that Don trained me, shaped and formed me to be.

To a man that will never ever be forgotten, my undying love and gratitude.  

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Diane J. Kosior Dkosior@krv-lawfirm.com

From:

St. Petersburg , FL USA

Message:

Mr. Kanabay will be missed immensely both by those at my law firm, Keane, Reese & Vesely, P.A. and by myself personally.  I have known him since 1978 when I came in looking for a job I could do at home and the Kanabay court reporters were looking for a typist.  It was a wonderful experience working with the people I did and also getting to know and talking with Mr. Kanabay (I could never call him Don as he wanted me to).  My prayers go out to all of the Kanabay family and to those whose lives he has touched.  Mr. Kanabay, I shall miss you.   
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Victoria Whitaker vicki@richardsgilkey.com

From:

Clearwater , FL Pinellas

Message:

My deepest sympathy to Mrs. Kanabay and Sandy, Theresa, Donna and Catherine.  I had the privilege of working professionally with Father Don for a number of years, when I was John Allen, Jr.'s legal assistant, during the Pinellas County pipeline litigation and trial.  I truly loved him as a person, loved his kindness, loved his humor, and loved the way he treated his fellow man.  He will be missed so very much by everyone who ever knew this wonderful man.
 

Date:

01/22/2003

Name:

Joseph Namiotka nowodomski@aol.com

From:

Saint Augustine , Florida USA

Message:

As you leave,
Much of us leaves us, too.
As you go,
Much of you will know
A soft bed in our hearts.