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2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)

29 Dec 18 - 11:28 AM (#3968637)
Subject: Obit: MMario (Leo Paola)
From: Rapparee

Passed away last night.


29 Dec 18 - 11:30 AM (#3968638)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Paola)
From: Stilly River Sage

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


29 Dec 18 - 11:30 AM (#3968639)
Subject: Obit: Mmario
From: ranger1

It is with a heavy heart that I post this. Leo passed away last night. He'd been dealing with pulmonary hypertension, but was at home last I'd heard from him. I don't have the full details, but I'm sure someone can supply them as they become available.

I have so many thoughts and memories going through my head right now, it will take a day or two to sort out anything coherent to post on his loss.


29 Dec 18 - 11:39 AM (#3968642)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Paola)
From: GUEST,keberoxu

A newbie like me can't say anything really ...
I know MMario has been here a long, long time.
But where he has passed to,
there must be quite the assortment
of Heavenly Mudcat Members to receive him. I'm sorry for the loss.


29 Dec 18 - 11:39 AM (#3968643)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Paola)
From: GUEST

Leo passed away last night. He was having trouble breathing, and when he passed it was quickly and without pain. This is information directly from his sister Sue.   My heart is so heavy.


29 Dec 18 - 11:52 AM (#3968645)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Paola)
From: Stilly River Sage

YouTube link shared via the facebook page.


29 Dec 18 - 11:58 AM (#3968646)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Paola)
From: Bill D

.............. no words right now.


29 Dec 18 - 12:16 PM (#3968649)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Janie

My Heart is broken.


29 Dec 18 - 12:17 PM (#3968652)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: KT

Stunned.      
Soar on, dear Leo. Your light will burn brightly in the hearts of all, the many who loved you. With deep gratitude that our paths crossed on this earthly journey.


29 Dec 18 - 12:18 PM (#3968653)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Don Meixner

Leo and I started in Mudcat about the same time many years ago. He was from a town in the Finger Lakes
not far from where I live in Central New York State. He was a street performer in the Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, NY and at The Sterling Renaissance Faire in Sterling NY. His skill as a crochet artist is legendary. He recording a song of mine years ago and I always appreciated the version he performed. He was a friendly and generous man.

Don Meixner


29 Dec 18 - 12:19 PM (#3968654)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Leadfingers

Another guy I met at Getaway ! He WILL be sadly missed


29 Dec 18 - 12:31 PM (#3968659)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Martin Ryan

Sad news.

Regards


29 Dec 18 - 12:38 PM (#3968663)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Tattie Bogle

Sorry to hear this: benefited from his wisdom and knowledge on several occasions.


29 Dec 18 - 01:50 PM (#3968676)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jeri

He was an incredibly creative knitter. Some photos of his work (along with a load of hashtag-related stuff), some knitted by him, and some designed by him, are here: Deskgram.


29 Dec 18 - 02:00 PM (#3968679)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Nigel Parsons

A great soul has passed from us.
I remember his postings on matters musical. Always ready to help, interested, and encouraging. We (I) will miss his postings here.

R.I.P.
with love and respect for MMario.

Nigel


29 Dec 18 - 02:01 PM (#3968680)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Tinker from Chicago

I met Leo at the King Richard's Faire outside of Boston in the US. My duo's set was scheduled opposite of the ever-popular joust, and all the customers flocked to see that, not us. In fact Leo was our only listener. But listen he did, and talked with us after the set. A kind man, to be sure.


29 Dec 18 - 02:32 PM (#3968689)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Dharmabum

Rest in peace Leo
I'm better for have known ye.


29 Dec 18 - 02:36 PM (#3968691)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: JennieG

Oh no......not MMario, that is too sad. It was mentioned on the Tavern that he wasn't doing too well.

Condolences to his family.


29 Dec 18 - 03:17 PM (#3968703)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Felipa

It is getting so hard to look at Mudcat, for I always see a death notice for someone I knew or knew of. I hadn't seen any posts from MMario in some time, but I quite often thought about him. When I was a relative newcomer to Mudcat and was posting quite a lot of lyrics, I used to send copies of sheet music to Leo, who was most obliging and would post the digital version of the tunes on Mudcat. His legacy lives on.


29 Dec 18 - 03:27 PM (#3968708)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I'm heartbroken, too. I cherish a shawl he made, that Katlaughing organized as a gift for me when my beloved Byron died. That Spring, MMario met me and greeted me in song as I stepped off the shuttle bus to attend the Vermont Ren Fest- I can still see his hand extended to help me down, and his sweet voice as he escorted me to the fair. Go well, good man.


29 Dec 18 - 03:44 PM (#3968714)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Morticia

We cooked auroch together in the Mudcat Tavern, we compared notes on knitting ( although that was a lot like a 3 year old talking to god). I was one of the earliest recipients of a beautiful hand knitted shawl. It turned up all the way from the States from someone I had never, at that time,met and arrived exactly when I most needed it to.   It meant the world to me. So did he.


29 Dec 18 - 04:30 PM (#3968720)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Hawker

I don’t frequent here as often as I used to but MMario was a lovely and talented man! He will be sadly missed.


29 Dec 18 - 04:32 PM (#3968721)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Genie

Shocked and saddened this morning when Dan Schatz posted on Facebook that Leo, whom I first knew as MMario here, had died. Leo was a great source of information, wit, and warmth here and later when I got to meet him in person at Getaway. He will be very much missed.
Mudcat’s Celestial choir has many fine voices but is growing too fast.


29 Dec 18 - 05:03 PM (#3968728)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: LilyFestre

I had the pleasure of meeting Leo a few times......great guy with a tremendous voice and sense of humor. Much love to his family.

Michelle


29 Dec 18 - 05:22 PM (#3968736)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jeri

The last time I saw him, was, I believe, at the last Old Songs Festival I went to. Maybe 3 or 4 years ago. I can't remember if he was at the last Getaway I attended.
He seemed to be one of those folks everyone at Mudcat wanted to meet. He had the most amazing, thick mane of long, brown hair, and a huge voice. The knitting needles went everywhere with him.
He knitted a shawl for Heather Fielding when Rick died in 2004, and knitted one for me.

I started a song a long time ago, and never finished it. MMario started a Mudcat trend: making shawls for people who needed them. JacquiC has continued this, and there may have been others I missed. This is why many of us talk about Mudcat as more than a website, and more than just fighting. MMario swam deep in the currents here, and they swam in him.

So this is for him.

THE SHAWLMAKER

Sometimes the world is a terrible place
Misfortune can wear away love and faith
And you feel that there's nothing that you can do
But the shawlmaker knows that's not true

A shawl's an embrace that hands can crochet
It's a craft, not an art, many people would say
But art is a soul's thought, spoken by hands
And the shawlmaker's soul's in each one of those strands

For the shawlmaker knows that grief and despair
Are borne of a love that will always be there
When there's nought we can do, and little to say
The shawlmaker knows there's a way

Vulnerable love, tender and raw
Fragile, it waits for a cold world to thaw
The soul of a child, cloaked in older skin
The shawl reaches through to the dreamer within

The shawlmaker's work is more than it seems
The yarn is the stuff of wishes and dreams
There's compassion and love in each delicate strand
Touched by the shawlmaker's hand


29 Dec 18 - 05:23 PM (#3968737)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Bat Goddess

Leo joined us several times at both Press Room sessions when he was attending a nearby RenFaire.

I have no words... (just tears).

Linn


29 Dec 18 - 05:27 PM (#3968739)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Janie

Oh Jeri. Perfect.


29 Dec 18 - 05:47 PM (#3968742)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Joe Offer

He was so good to so many of us. Rest well, MMario.


29 Dec 18 - 05:57 PM (#3968744)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Lighter

He was a Mudcat stalwart. Sad news indeed.


29 Dec 18 - 05:58 PM (#3968745)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Bill D

A wonderful tribute, Jeri... in exactly the way Mario should be remembered.


29 Dec 18 - 06:09 PM (#3968750)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: hsempl

Beautiful tribute, Jeri. I can hear MMario singing it.
-Heather


29 Dec 18 - 06:57 PM (#3968754)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Sandra in Sydney

the choir is getting larger ...

condolences to his family & friends

thanks for the youtube link, stilly, I'll have to go thru the piles of CDs that fell from the very tall CD tower I knocked over recently & find his CDs & listen to more of his songs.

Thanks jeri for the poem, I'm planning to share it with knitting & crochetting friends.

sandra


29 Dec 18 - 07:14 PM (#3968757)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: nutty

So sad ...... RIP Leo


29 Dec 18 - 07:57 PM (#3968764)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Bonnie Shaljean

I'm so very sad to read this. I never met him in person, but always enjoyed seeing him around the 'Cat. Another good one gone.

I love the poem, Jeri. Crochet is one of my sanity-savers too (and it's needed a lot of saving these past two years, for reasons both personal and worldwide) so it really resonates with me right now. Thanks for posting.

A new voice in the heavenly choir. Rest in peace, MM


29 Dec 18 - 09:13 PM (#3968771)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: KT

Jeri, your song/poem The Shawlmaker, is brilliant! So beautiful, so perfect. Does it have a melody? If so, I'd love to learn it. It is fabulous.
KT


29 Dec 18 - 09:36 PM (#3968772)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Helen

I'm saddened and shocked to see that MMario has gone.

As Jeri said above, "This is why many of us talk about Mudcat as more than a website, and more than just fighting. MMario swam deep in the currents here, and they swam in him."

He was part of the fabric of this community.

Thanks for the lovely poem, Jeri. You have reminded me that when I crochet or knit or make something or paint something for someone else, I am usually in a sort of meditative or prayer-like state, thinking good thoughts about that person. So the gift of a shawl from MMario, it seems to me, is as much a gift of his caring, creative and giving soul as it is of a comforting item made of yarn.

Rest in Peace, Leo.


29 Dec 18 - 09:39 PM (#3968773)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jeri

KT, no, I never felt I could finish it, but maybe I'll put some work into it.

MMario didn't crochet, but I think crocheting is just sideways knitting. It's all yarnwork, though, and making beautiful things.

MMario led the effort to get as many tunes for songs in the Digital Tradition as we could manage. He was somebody nobody - and I mean nobody - ever had a negative word to say about.


29 Dec 18 - 10:08 PM (#3968775)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: ranger1

It has taken me all day to come up with words to post, and they still won't be everything I want to say.

Leo was always the first person I'd look for when I arrived t Getaway. We'd do the chitchat thing, he'd ask me how I was doing, and one year, he let me finish blathering on and then said : "OK, now how are you REALLY doing?" I think it was the year I helped remove my mother from an abusive relationship. Whatever. He knew I had the happy face on and that wasn't what he wanted to know about.

I remember one year he was knitting tiny little sweater sets for a grand niece the whole Getaway. The love for that child shone all over him while he was knitting them. And the year he sang "Lullaby For a Borrowed Child", a song he'd written. And the warm hugs, good conversation, wicked humor, and beautiful voice. The two of us swapping stupid tourist stories - he grew up on Cape Cod, and I grew up on the coast of Maine - and the things we'd do to the obnoxious ones. It's amazing how much fun you can have "giving" directions to annoying tourists.

Most of all, what I I will remember about Leo is his warmth and kindness.


29 Dec 18 - 10:14 PM (#3968776)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: ranger1

Oh, and Jeri - He was at the last Getaway you were at. That's the one you, Tinker, myself, and Janet shared a room. And you, Tinker and I were walking to the Retreat Center and Leo looked up, saw us and said something like "Well here's trouble!" and then when I informed him we were sharing a room, he remarked "I'm surprised the cabin hasn't burst into flames yet."


29 Dec 18 - 10:24 PM (#3968777)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Dani

"a soul's thought, spoken by hands"

Thank you for that, Jeri. It's gorgeous.

I'd forgotten the Lullaby For A Borrowed Child. Now I can hear him singing it in my head. What a sweet, lovely great heart he had. I hope I told him so.

Mmario was one of the people who tied me to the mudcat, and then to the Getaway. He inspired me with his courage and his joie de vivre.


Dani


29 Dec 18 - 10:42 PM (#3968780)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner

As a guest to this group, please let me express my appreciation (and those also from all of all Leo’s many siblings, nieces and nephews, and many other family members) thank you for all the wonderful messages you have said about our Leo. To know he touched so many in his life is so heartwarming. His voice was great, his knitting designs superb, his shawls legendary. He will be sorely missed by so many. To my dear brother, #6, from #2, Rest In Peace and please give Mom and Daddy hugs from us all


29 Dec 18 - 10:53 PM (#3968781)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Stilly River Sage

MMario was behind the scenes on that Mudcat Lullaby CD produced when Max's daughter Lily was born. We emailed back and forth on the files and the disks were produced on campus where I was working. There were never any glitches, he had everything the way it needed to be for those CDs to be produced. That's a rare thing. It was called the Blue Plate Special.

He was my Santee early on in the annual Mudcat Secret Santa events, and that year my kids and I chose fabrics and I made a lap quilt that we put in the mail to him. That was the only year that I made something like that, but it seemed entirely appropriate, making it for someone who felt like Mudcat royalty, by his demeanor and not by position. There was another year when I won the MMario shawl in the Mudcat Auction and it was the Secret Santa gift I sent to another Mudcatter that year. What a prize! It was clear to all that he was a lovely man and I only wish I'd had a chance to meet him and to see that garden he was so pleased to share with us over the years.


29 Dec 18 - 10:53 PM (#3968782)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,lauri hall Leo's younger sister

thank you so much for those beautiful words


29 Dec 18 - 10:58 PM (#3968783)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Celtaddict (cookieless)

Shattered.
So many rich memories.
He’d greet me with a hug that lifted me off the ground.
He never minded me following him around like a puppy, eagerly awaiting songs.
He adored all his nieces and nephews; it broke my heart a bit that they and many more were all borrowed’ children.
On arrival at King Richard’s Faire, the first thing he would do is get a rose for Baz’ memorial; when I was there he’d get two, one for her, one for me. I still have last October’s; yellow.
Every Getaway he’d find/make time for a private concert; said my insatiable hunger for his singing was good for his ego. I don’t think he had an ego.
I have never known a more gentle, giving, loving soul.
He created, and gave, gentleness and beauty day in and day out.
So many of us are better for having known him.


29 Dec 18 - 11:12 PM (#3968784)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Helen

Welcome to Mudcat, Jan and Lauri.

You have our deepest sympathy in your loss of Leo.

It's difficult to convey the community feeling here at Mudcat, but I think that the outpouring of love for Leo/MMario shows how we feel, not just about him but about the whole Mudcat experience.

I have been a member of Mudcat for over 20 years. I am in Australia so I never met Leo in person, and have only met a very few members of the Mudcat community, but the friendship, love, sharing and support is strong.

Helen


29 Dec 18 - 11:28 PM (#3968786)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Norma Moore Sutton

Leo will be greatly missed. He taught me to love knitting lace instead of being intimidated by it and he taught me to see my mistakes as possibly new designs. Rest well Leo. I will continue to think of you each time I knit one of your beautiful patterns or any lace pattern.


29 Dec 18 - 11:54 PM (#3968790)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: KT

Jeri, your song is wonderful as is
And
I hope you'll mold it into what you feel is the finished product. It is a lovely piece of writing. Mario would be so touched.

To Leo's siblings, Jan and Lauri, welcome to Mudcat. I hope you'll find some comfort here as you realize how well-loved and deeply appreciated your brother has been in this community. There's a net here that reaches across borders and oceans. Know that you and your family are being held in it now.
KT


30 Dec 18 - 12:25 AM (#3968791)
Subject: RE: Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: wysiwyg

Leo kindly came a long way to attend my husband Greg's retirement dinner just a few weeks ago, and never spoke of any health issues. He was full of life, good spirits, and love, and we planned to connect more often now that we were finally about to join him in retired life.

We were chosen siblings.... our new Ohio home has a big annual Ren Faire a half hour away... we planned on long annual visits.

Greg has gone to bed in prep for his final liturgies tomorrow and the new friends Leo made at Greg's dinner will join in our sorrow... he was, like us, Episcopal, and the liturgies planned for tomorrow are exactly the sort he'd have loved.

If anyone has contact info for Sue, please PM it to me ASAP.

~S~


30 Dec 18 - 03:02 AM (#3968795)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Dave the Gnome

Very sad. In the days before transferring information was as easy as it is now Leo was instrumental in getting an old book of Russian folk songs I have online. He was so helpful and epitomised the spirit of Mudcat. The world is now a poorer place.

Dave.


30 Dec 18 - 03:16 AM (#3968796)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Roger the Skiffler

Nothing to add, sad to hear this, RIP.

RtS


30 Dec 18 - 04:35 AM (#3968808)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST

Years ago at Camp Ramblewood when I met MMario and became aware of his creations, we spoke of Quiviut and I resolved to myself that I would send him some when I returned home just so he'd have the experience of working with clouds . I never did, because he said it would require 2 - or was it 3?- ounces for a shawl and the retail shop in Juneau was charging $84 an ounce. I simply could not afford it. Now I wish I had done it. But now- I just realized that he will be knitting real clouds. Lovely man.


30 Dec 18 - 06:34 AM (#3968827)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,gnu

RIP and... thanks.


30 Dec 18 - 06:44 AM (#3968829)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Waddon Pete

I also have no words. Much sadness. I have added Leo to the "In Memoriam" Thread.

RIP

Peter


30 Dec 18 - 07:23 AM (#3968841)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST

This is tremendous and a touching tribute to my brother. I’d love to post it to FB
if you don’t mind.


30 Dec 18 - 07:34 AM (#3968843)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,ganyah

Jeri, I would love to share The Shawlmaker over at ravelry, if I could. I'm not sure how this works and how you will answer, but I will look back throughout the day to see if there is an answer addressed to me.
Dear MM was an important member of our Ankh-Morpork Knitters Guild and a sweet, gentle soul


30 Dec 18 - 08:35 AM (#3968854)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner, one of MMario’s older sis

Several of Leo’s siblings have been touched by all the wonderful messages posted here; those that have not had a chance to read them, will do so soon. Thank you all! If We would love to repost the lovely poem and a link to this thread so other friends of Leo’s from his home town etc could also read these touching words. We would not do it without permission. Thank you


30 Dec 18 - 09:05 AM (#3968861)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Noreen

I'll miss him.
Glad to have known you, Leo. xx


30 Dec 18 - 09:28 AM (#3968863)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jeri

@Jan Pola Waggoner, please do repost the poem. And as for a link, hyperlinks still run wild on the internet. (And I don't think worlds colliding would be anything but good when it comes to your brother.)


30 Dec 18 - 09:53 AM (#3968869)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,ganyah

Jeri..Thank you!


30 Dec 18 - 10:04 AM (#3968873)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)

I've known his posts on song threads since my earliest days here, always a welcome contributor, RIP MM.

Mick


30 Dec 18 - 10:15 AM (#3968877)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,jOhn

Very sorry to hear this sad news.


30 Dec 18 - 10:40 AM (#3968879)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Stilly River Sage

Here are his posts as a logged in user and here are his guest posts. It would take a herculean search to find any he might have posted to the Mudcat Tavern and Recovery Ward as "other" characters.

Happy reading!


30 Dec 18 - 11:12 AM (#3968884)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: fat B****rd

My best regards and condolences to his friends and family. RIP MMario
Charlie


30 Dec 18 - 12:55 PM (#3968891)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner

Jeri, I don’t know how to send a reply just to you but thank you for your permission. We all are so grateful for these messages of love for our brother! ??


30 Dec 18 - 01:19 PM (#3968892)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jeri

No problem, Jan. Understood. Leo was a very significant part of this community.


30 Dec 18 - 01:56 PM (#3968898)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Ernest

Sad news indeed. RIP


30 Dec 18 - 02:07 PM (#3968900)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Bonnie Shaljean

I was going to bring up the Ravelry connection (a site/community for yarnworkers of all species, free to join) but I see Ganyah has beaten me to it, with the excellent suggestion of sharing the poem there.

If anyone is going to continue to administer MMario's Ravelry pages, it might be an idea to support the enterprise by buying some of his lovely patterns. (I don't knit, or I would in a heartbeat.)

His main contact page is here, from which you can access the rest (copy-pasted below but un-clickified):

https://www.ravelry.com/designers/mmario

https://www.ravelry.com/stores/mmario-designs

https://groups.io/g/MMarioKKnits

For fans of MMArio Knits:
https://www.ravelry.com/groups/mmario-fan-knitics

Clickable link to his essay on shawl-shaping, "The Shape of Shawls to Come" which is a direct PDF download.

- - -

And don't forget Jeri's Deskgram link to his work, in her post of 29 Dec 18 - 01:50 PM

Aaaaaand: ANOTHER JERI GOODIE
Tune Add: Evergreen by Jeri
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=20194&threadid=20194


30 Dec 18 - 03:13 PM (#3968903)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Severn

A loss for us all. I just know him from many Getaways and occasional sings when he stayed afterward, but I sang with him, co-hosted a workshop with him, read his contributions to Mudcat and enjoyed all the time that I saw him. He'll be greatly missed by all who knew him.


30 Dec 18 - 06:11 PM (#3968927)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: SussexCarole

Leo (MMario) has been such a lovely friend to me and Andrew for many years, whether we met online through Mudcat or in person at the Getaway. Leo was always gentle, welcoming, generous and a most talented singer and knitter. We are so grateful to have his CD recordings to remember him. From us both here in South Wales UK we send our love to Leo's family


30 Dec 18 - 06:12 PM (#3968928)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,RIP

I've never met Mario. I only knew him through Ravelry, where he has proven to be quite prolific and helpful.

I was once on the train and ran into another knitter, Mark (I didn't get his last name) who personally knew Mario. We talked about how brilliant he was and Mark mentioned his love of Renaissance Fairs and math/computing. The man was clearly a genius.


30 Dec 18 - 08:01 PM (#3968944)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Rapparee

I was at Getaway some years ago and on the opening night happened to sit next to him. He and I exchanged Mudcat names and pleasantries and when he turned to someone I swiped his skein of yarn. It was a few minutes of frantic searching before I handed it back to him. He was amused and said I had "stolen his best yarns."

A good, even great, man.


30 Dec 18 - 08:48 PM (#3968950)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Charley Noble

Jeri-

A very nice tribute to MMario, the shawl-maker among his various talents.

He will be missed but well remembered.

Charlie Ipcar


30 Dec 18 - 08:48 PM (#3968951)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Janie

Still don't really have words. I joined Mudcat in 2001, immediately after Dani dragged me to my first Getaway. So I first met Leo, and many other 'Catters at that first Getaway, before I joined this community.

18 years of virtual community and yearly 3D reunions - Leo was at more of the Getaways I've made it to than not. Some knew him better and some knew him less well than did I. Clearly, many of us will miss him, and anyone posting here will mourn him.

I still don't really have words, and the tears come too easily. Rambling. I was only half-conscious of the contributions he made to Mudcat regarding the DT and CD's.

Loved his contributions to the story threads and other collective creative writing exercises. What an imagination and flare he had for writing. He definitely "played well with others," and his contributions always delighted, advanced the storyline, and/or nudged the story in unexpected directions.

This past Getaway, several of us were making plans, in discussion with him, to lobby for him to have a mini-concert at next year's Getaway. Who knew that next year would never come? Too few people at the Getaways had an opportunity to hear him sing - he could be reticent, but in the last 2 years was getting more bold about 'singing out' in the song circles.

Like I said already, I'm just rambling, lost in sorrow and at a loss for words to honor him. That is often the case when it comes to people who exemplify what is meant by the expression "salt of the earth."

He wasn't one of the 'rock stars' who got or sought a lot of attention. He was a foundational rock, and a star that never sought to dazzle, but shone, and will continue to shine in my heart and mind, regardless of the season or be the skies clear or cloudy.


30 Dec 18 - 09:13 PM (#3968953)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: KT

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Janie. Rambling or not....doesn't matter. We're all in this together. I don't know about all of you, but I haven't been around this place much for a long time. But I've looked at this thread numerous times, checked in more in the last 24 hours than in the last 6 months. I do love Mudcat and the community we have here. We're lucky.


31 Dec 18 - 12:27 AM (#3968959)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Stilly River Sage

If it won't be taken amiss, the last thread that MMario posted in was the playful Mudcat Tavern iteration for Christmas 2018. It has been moved back up to the top with a virtual wake in mind. He was a regular participant in those flights of fancy over the years.


31 Dec 18 - 08:43 AM (#3969023)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: bbc

I didn't know Leo well, but well enough to know his real name, as well as his Mudcat handle. Another part of our community gone beyond, but leaving us richer from abiding awhile. Blessings, my friend!

bbc


31 Dec 18 - 10:05 AM (#3969041)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Brien Hoye

I only met Leo once at the Press Room but I frequently corresponded with him on this list. He will be fondly remembered along with many others I have corresponded with on this forum who are no longer with us.


31 Dec 18 - 12:24 PM (#3969073)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Ebbie

I was Guest at Dec. 30 who wrote about the Quiviut- didn't realize I wasn't logged in.

Just want to add that Leo was one of those who are larger than life. I realize that each of us in the world is unique but some are uniquer than others. :)


31 Dec 18 - 03:34 PM (#3969129)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,His sister Sue

He told me about this.
Leo lived with me for 49 plus years.
He helped raise my children, helped me over two decades of caring for my Agent Orange poisoned Marine husband. Has been my emotional support system always.
In our large family he was “my shadow”.
I miss him more than I can express.
Sptseagull


31 Dec 18 - 03:37 PM (#3969131)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Sister Sue

So many stories. Yours is one of the most touching. He was a sweet sweet man. Lived with me for 40 plus years. I miss him more than I can express.


31 Dec 18 - 03:47 PM (#3969136)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,His sister Sue

How lovely. So much love.
Leo lived with me for 40 plus years. I miss him more than I can express.
Thank you all.


31 Dec 18 - 05:17 PM (#3969151)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,keberoxu

Sister Sue, don't take it personally!
Submitting a posted message on these forum threads
is sometimes easy and,
then there are those other times
when you get a message that the submission didn't go through
when it actually did ...
looks like that happened to you.
It has happened to most of us as well.


01 Jan 19 - 04:53 PM (#3969279)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: michaelr

Discworld-related knitting? Someone please post a link! RIP MMario.


01 Jan 19 - 06:49 PM (#3969303)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: wysiwyg

Sue, hi-- I think we met briefly years ago when Greg and I came up for a very short visit one evening. Please know that you have been and will continue most especially in our prayers-- now and in the days ahead. Leo's dedication to you was deeply obvious each time we spoke and I know he's still watching over you and yours.

We recently found your mailing address and will send a note with our contact info.


Love,

~Susan and The Rev. Canon Greg Hinton
St. Paul's/Wellsboro (retired)


02 Jan 19 - 06:20 AM (#3969350)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: C-flat

It's getting harder to drop in here on Mudcat.

I've been coming here for many years and feel like I "know" many of you folks.

MMario was one such name. Always a kind contributor and I'm greatly saddened to see this thread.


02 Jan 19 - 11:02 PM (#3969501)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner, one of Leo/MMario’s older

Services will be January 19th at 10 am for Leo’s memorial at
St Mark’s Episcopal Church in Penn Yan, NY. 14527


03 Jan 19 - 03:03 AM (#3969510)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Wysiwyg

Thanks, Jan.

~Susan and Greg


03 Jan 19 - 09:12 AM (#3969554)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Donuel

Leo is the inspiration of the UNI-VERSE collective song of the uni multi verse and everything.
"Out of Chaos came not "The Word" But "THE SONG" for those who heard Melody of crystal sphere Harmonies in every ear" quote MMario

I imagine him now singing from the other side of the turbulent mirror.
/mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=18488


03 Jan 19 - 09:20 AM (#3969556)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Kim C

Leo was an amazing man. Sorry I never got to meet him in person.


03 Jan 19 - 04:41 PM (#3969658)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Uncle Phil

Sad to hear this. Condolences to his friends and family.


03 Jan 19 - 09:09 PM (#3969704)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Janie

Thanks, Jan. Know that many of us will be there in spirit who can not otherwise attend.


04 Jan 19 - 12:14 AM (#3969721)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner, Leo’s sister

Another of Leo’s other passions was designing and knitting. Many of his knitting friends who live all over are planning a “knit in” on January 19 in his memory during the time of his memorial service. I hope some of you on Mudcat will sing a song or recite a poem or simply think of our Leo/MMario at the time of his services at 10 AM on January 19 in Penn Yan, NY. His siblings, nieces and nephews, and all his”borrowed children” will feel the warmth generated by Leo’s many friends. Thank you.


04 Jan 19 - 01:25 AM (#3969722)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Helen

Hi Jan,

A "knit in"! I like that idea. I'm on East Coast of Australia so that 10 am NY time will be 2 am here. I am unlikely to be awake at 2 am but I can start making something a bit earlier in the evening. I'll have to think of something to make.


04 Jan 19 - 03:47 AM (#3969734)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Ebbie

I don't knit, Jan but I WILL play a CD of his.


04 Jan 19 - 03:00 PM (#3969847)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: wysiwyg

Jan, we'll be in Ohio by the 19th, so we will probably hold a house mass that day for him. Also, where may I send an MP3 recording of the Solemn Mass at which he was remembered?

~S~


05 Jan 19 - 05:56 AM (#3969911)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Monique

Sorry to hear this sad news. My condolences to his family and friends. RIP.


06 Jan 19 - 04:58 PM (#3970160)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner

Thank you. The mp3 could be emailed to me at waggonerjan@gmail.com and I will send it on to all Leo’s other 7 siblings too.


07 Jan 19 - 09:01 AM (#3970325)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: wysiwyg

Jan, I'll see if I can zip the MP3. Or I could snail a CD data disc.

~S~


07 Jan 19 - 10:01 AM (#3970347)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: skarpi

What ? ...another one
May you rest in peace Leo .
all the best Skarpi Iceland .


08 Jan 19 - 10:45 AM (#3970564)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Rapparee

I'll be thinking of him on the 19th.


08 Jan 19 - 03:31 PM (#3970616)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Janie

Ditto what Ebbie said.


08 Jan 19 - 09:57 PM (#3970682)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Freda Underhill

Shocked and very sad to hear Leo has passed on. I was lucky to meet him at a Getaway, what a lovely, talented man. Condolences and best wishes to all his family.
Freda


14 Jan 19 - 06:34 PM (#3971500)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Jan Pola Waggoner

Here is Leo’s obituary for those who only knew him as the creative MMario: Leo M. Pola, of Keuka Park, NY, died on Dec. 28th, at his home. A native of Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, he came to New York State to attend college. After graduating from Cornell University, he worked in restaurant management and computer services before retiring from Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. He resided with his sister, Sue Tierney and her husband Peter Tierney, and helped to raise his nephew and niece, Peter Tierney and Kimberly Tierney.
He was an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Penn Yan, NY, serving as acolyte director, treasurer, and member of the vestry. He helped to launch the church’s annual summer arts camp, Rise! Creative Camp, cooking in the camp kitchen.
For many years, he ran the pillow-fight and archery booths at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, where he discovered a love for improvisational street theater as well as folk and festival music. He was also a regular player in the annual Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles, NY, portraying Mr. Benjamin Loudlybellows, the town crier.
Always a creative spirit, the internet allowed him to share his creations with a wide, international community where he was fondly known as MMario. Knitting and crochet were lifelong hobbies, and he created hundreds of patterns for lace shawls.
The sixth of nine children born to Margaret and Carlo Pola, he is survived by all of his siblings; Carlo Pola and wife Karen; Jan Waggoner and husband Fred; Sue Tierney; Dianne Pola and Martin Hewlett; Nino Pola and wife Betty; Lauri Hall and Ken Lanagan; Velia Pola and husband Joe Steele; Tony Pola and wife Allison Liset; and numerous nieces, nephews, and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Peter Tierney.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 19th at 10:00 am at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 179 Main St., Penn Yan, NY. Memorial donations in Leo’s name may be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.


14 Jan 19 - 07:02 PM (#3971504)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jon Freeman

Sorry to read this. He always seemed a very helpful chap. He gave Pip/mum one of his shawls (posted to the UK - neither of us ever met him) back in the days of the Annexe and it remains a treasured possession.

Sorry we are a bit late but condolences from both Pip and I.


14 Jan 19 - 08:22 PM (#3971510)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: bbc

Nice to “see” you, Jon!

best,

bbc


14 Jan 19 - 09:06 PM (#3971517)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: wysiwyg

Thank you, Jan. That's him, to a T. I'm so sorry.

~S~


15 Jan 19 - 06:03 PM (#3971632)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: olddude

A very fine man and good friend to everyone here. He will be sadly missed


15 Jan 19 - 07:39 PM (#3971640)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Open Mike

I am a member of a knitting group where Mario (Leo) shared patterns and such. This group was originally a yahoo group. MmarioKknits has been online For 11 years as of new year's eve. I will share with the members there the lyrics of the shawlmaker as posted here. I am sure they will all appreciate it!


15 Jan 19 - 09:03 PM (#3971652)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Jeri

Thanks, Open Mike. I only wish Leo had seen it.


16 Jan 19 - 03:48 AM (#3971673)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: GUEST,Open Mike

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2310037365896185/members/          This is a face book group dedicated to MmarioKknits... Leo.


17 Jan 19 - 02:42 PM (#3971885)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: Brakn

That's sad news - been around here a while.


19 Jan 19 - 07:36 PM (#3972288)
Subject: RE: 2018 Obit: MMario (Leo Pola)
From: wysiwyg

Jan,

Tonight, being Episcopalians, we remembered two dear friends and the son of a dear friend at a private Mass at our home in Ohio. You were much in my thoughts.

These persons departed this life just as my priest husband Greg retired (and immediately following his retirement) from active parochial ministry. A priest without an altar makes one wherever needed-- today, at our living room dinette while snow and icy rain fell in darkness outside the big picture window that table overlooks.

Our service followed the BCP Order for Burial used at many memorial services in our denomination, with communion-- and with music from unusual sources (since my autoharp is packed). We prayed strength and healing for the bereft, during the music and throughout.

In memory of Leo Pola we hummed along with a YouTube video where he's songleading a rousing song by a mutual friend, in his usual RenFaire garb:
https://youtu.be/kwQAmwn5-N8

In memory of Dick Greenhaus of The Digital Tradition which is hosted at www.mudcat.org, we took a trip down memory lane via a video showing Mudcat folkies including Dick and his partner Susan Friedman. All these Mudcatters typically participated in folkie weekends at our PA rectory:
https://youtu.be/ocjMckTtZ1Y

In memory of Josh Harrigan Logan, we prayed through the Kontakion:
https://youtu.be/0ekoDO_4PBA

We gave thanks for these lives that touched our own.

~Susan Oldberg Hinton