Message to all Benvenuto Members from Barbara's family in Australia

Hello Anne, please convey my thanks and appreciation to all the Benvenuto
members who took the time to pass on their thoughts and memories of shared
moments and experiences with Barbara. It was lovely to be able to read those
reminiscences, look at the photos and think back on all the conversations I
had with Barbara about you, her Benvenuto friends. Often as you would all
remember, Barbara would send me photos of you all on trips and sometimes
when I called and you were all together she would simply pass her phone
around the room and you would all say hello to me - while in the middle of
your meal or trip. I heard all about book club and most of the English
movies you attended. When I was last over to visit Barbara she couldn't
resist taking me up to San Gerado Hospital where she introduced me to many
of the staff in Oncology who smiled, knew her by name and welcomed the
interruption.
I have had many Whats App an Skype conversations with Barbara over the years
and half way through have asked her what the noise in the background was
only to be told she was lying on a bed at San Gerado having Chemo treatment.
I am not sure how her phone kept up with her and kept going, as you all know
she certainly gave it a real work out - every day! I spoke to Barbara on
the night she passed away - about 3 hours prior and she was positive and
planning to get her Ipad screen fixed the next day and talking of getting
some other things organized at home in coming days.
Though I was unable to get over to help her and be with her at home in
Monza, I take comfort in the knowledge that her mind was still going full
speed and that she passed away quickly and relatively peacefully.
Barbara often mentioned how her friends were such a comfort to her and sent
me pictures of the lovely flowers sent on behalf of Benvenuto when she was
still at home. She loved all your group outings, the charity auction and
the book club, not to mention your trips and lunches. Thanks to you all.
Special thanks to all of you who washed clothes for her when she was in the
hospital and again when she went to the hospice. Thanks to those of you who
were able to visit Barbara in the hospice. I was so glad Barbara was able to
go to the hospice where I knew she would get supportive professional medical
care in a quiet and peaceful environment. She told me many times how lovely
the staff were and how she was enjoying the care, support and peace and
quiet. Thanks to those of you (I know numbers were severely limited) who held a
small memorial service in memory of Barbara and were thoughtful enough to
include Marites - who has been a great support to Barb over many years.

What a great group of supportive and caring friends you all are - I thank
you all. I have printed off two hardback copies of the condolences message
book, complete with the great selection of group and personal photos, that
you all contributed. What a great keepsake that will be for my family and
me.
Thanks to you all and best wishes to you and your families as we all go
through the Covid-19 era.
Regards David, Elizabeth and Ryan Carey.