A Postscript . . . from Charlotte Narboni

A Postscript . . . from Charlotte Narboni

My dear husband, Gino Narboni, passed away Saturday, July 16, 2016.

There are so many wonderful memories of our time together that it would be difficult to pick a favorite.  Those of you who followed Gino’s progress and peregrinations on Facebook and with blog entries on the website know that unrelenting travel was part of his life.  That said, I will admit I generated most of the effort to plan, to lead the way and to keep saying, “Gino, let’s go . . .” You can fill in the blanks.

As age took its toll on Gino’s body, the trip dynamics changed from active to passive.  In 2010,  we first discovered cruising and that provide many opportunities to see new parts of the world.  We were on the road until just one week before he died. On May 1, we flew to Dubai to board Seabourn Sojourn for a trip through ancient lands and waterways.  Before returning home, we made a final stop in Paris.  It was tiring for both of us, but we felt it was our best trip ever!  And, it allowed Gino to see his brother, Mario, and his French cousins one last time.

But, we weren’t done there; two weeks later, we made another short visit to California to visit our daughter, Cecile.  For the Fourth of July holiday, we had a mini-reunion with our daughter Nicole and son-in-law Heath and dear friends in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

So, in spite of the rigors of travel today, Gino was still out and about; that is, until he developed serious cardiac problems that increased dramatically over a short three-day period and required hospitalization.  On Friday, July 15, 2016, it became evident Gino had very little time.  Nicole, Cecile, and I agreed we wanted to bring him home.  The ambulance arranged by Hospice arrived at 5 pm that evening.  Cecile’s plane did not touch down until midnight, but she was there as were we all, when he took his last breath shortly before 1 am on July 16, 2016.

Rest in peace, dear Gino.

Lest I end without some images of Gino enjoying life, I’d like to annotate these photos:

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Gino sunbathing in Paris. On our terrace at the Hotel Raphael, we had a perfect view of the Arc de Triomphe. Surprisingly, the weather for our six-day stay was sunny and warm. When I spotted the chaise lounge on the terrace I was determined to get a photo of him reclining with the iconic monument in the background.

 

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Gino and his favorite food groups: I seldom left Gino for long periods; he had too much difficulty maneuvering on his own. One morning before I left to do some shopping I set some snacks within reach. For Gino, his favorite food groups always included chocolate, cheese, something fried, and any other salty or sweet tidbit.

 

Gino’s obituary: http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/show/Gino-R.-Narboni-MD-103767464

The Jerusalem Post: Legendary Mahal pilot dies at 92

The Times of Israel Français: http://fr.timesofisrael.com/mort-dun-ancien-de-lus-air-force-qui-avait-fait-passer-un-avion-en-contrebande-en-israel/