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In Memoriam: Hugh Slatery


Wizbang author Hugh Slatery, who published here as HughS, died suddenly Sunday evening. Hugh was 53 years-old, and is survived by his mother, his three children and their mother, two brothers, and a niece and five nephews.

Tuesday I received the following message from Danita Slatery:

On behalf of Hugh and my children I thank you all for your prayers and love. Needless to say we are in shock. Please pray for our children and peace in their hearts.

Hugh died Sunday at 7:35 pm. He had our children most of the week due to my mother being air lifted the Sunday before to U Of L hospital. I had all the children with me visiting my mother for the first time. Hugh had taken the children to church Sunday morning, then out to lunch and brought them to me. He was going to meet me half way between Louisville and Lexington around 6pm or so to get the children from me and I was returning to Louisville to spend two nights with my mother. Leaving later than we planned it was about 7 pm when I told the children we'd call their dad. My phone rings about two minutes later from Hugh............It was a doctor in the ER at St Joe. Hospital. Hugh had given him the phone to call me. I went into the hallway and the doctor told me Hugh would be going to surgery. Hugh had called 911 from home, when he arrived at the hospital they realized that it was not a heart attack it was a rip in his aorta valve. I asked the doctor to put the phone up to Hugh's ear. I told Hugh that we loved him and we are on our way.........God is with you but we are coming right now.........we love you.

I went back into mom's room got my children and left. We got in the elevator and we all held hands and I prayed for Gods grace favor and protection. When we got in the car I told them that their daddy was in the hospital and that's where we are headed to see him. About 10 minutes later I received the call that Hugh did not make it to surgery. I kept driving to the hospital without telling my children. When we arrived people were waiting for us. we were taken back into a room and all the doctors came in. Our oldest child was inconsolable..........please pray for my children.........they love their daddy and he loved them.

Needless to say everyone of the authors at Wizbang is stunned and saddened. We've been in contact with Hugh's family and have let them know how dearly we cared for Hugh and what a pleasure it has been to work with him here. They are all in our prayers.

Throughout the day we will be posting tributes, remembrances, and thoughts on Hugh's life and sudden death. They will appear below this post, which will remain at the top of the site. There will be no other topics posted at Wizbang today. We invite you to monitor our blogrolled friends at the upper right side of the blog to follow other news topics.

Please be aware that Hugh's family, including his children, and friends may be reading these posts and the comments. Some authors may choose not to open comments on their posts - that's a personal choice that they will be allowed to make.

Related Posts From Other Wizbang Authors:

We've had a little time to think about this as a group and decieded that a series of individual memoriam posts that examine Hugh's life and death would be enlightening and cathartic. I encourage you to read through the following entries.

Rick notes:

I've learned he was a gifted writer, someone who passionately expressed his opinions but with civility and integrity, a man who substantively backed up his assertions and who was unafraid to engage those who disagreed with him, all while remaining cordial and courteous.

Lori Byrd writes:

When I saw Hugh's picture in Kevin's post it took my breath away. He looks exactly like I would have imagined, only much more handsome. I found myself crying off and on yesterday -- first for Hugh's family and their loss, then over regret that I didn't know more about Hugh while he was with us and that I didn't take more time to let him know how much I admired his work.

Dan Karipides offers :

Someone told me at the time that you never get over it, you just get use to it. That's about the most accurate advice I've ever been given.

DJ Drummond notes:

While we each brought unique talents and quirks to Wizbang, we all came to know each other, first as acquaintances, then friends, and finally as a kind of family. So our family has lot a member, and we will grieve for him, even as we celebrate the worth of his words and spirit.

Shawn Mallow writes:

His contributions were special. Always insightful, with fastidious confirmations, and, when needed, bolstered with a wit that could cut through steel.

Jay Tea gives Hugh the ultimate blogger tribute, one last bit of linkage. As he puts it:

From one blogger to another, a parting 21-click salute.

Kim Priestap talks about the significance of one piece that Hugh didn't publish at Wizbang. She writes:

And when you think about it, Hugh's one simple and spontaneous expression of pride and love for his little girl, a whole of 15 words, represents what truly matters in this world, doesn't it?

As some have noted, Wizbang is poorer for Hugh's passing, but we are - all of us - richer for the words he left us and the time we spent engaging with him. Hugh gave a piece of himself to each of us who read his words. That's a gift that I will always treasure.

I'd like to send a special message to Hugh's three children. As you can see from the outpouring here and the family and friends who are comforting you now, your father was a remarkable man. We thank you for sharing him, however briefly, with us in the forum. It was an honor for all of us here to call him a friend and collegue.

As the person who kicked off the day with this post, quoting heavily from Danita Slatery, I'll end the day by pointing you to Comment #81 from Danita who was nice enough to stop by today, busy though she may be, to read your kind words.

Hugh's full obituary is available at the Clark Legacy Center.

Donation Information
In honor of Hugh's life and legacy, donations may be made in his name to the scholarship fund of Lexington Christian Academy, 450 West Reynolds Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40503, and/or to Hugh Slatery's Childrens' Eduction Fund at any Central Bank location in Lexington, KY.


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Comments (91)

May God bless Hugh and his ... (Below threshold)

May God bless Hugh and his family!

What a tragic and shocking story.

I am a bit shocked and stun... (Below threshold)

I am a bit shocked and stunned myself. How sad. I will miss him. Hope his family is okay.

Thanks Kevin. RIP... (Below threshold)

Thanks Kevin.

RIP Hugh.

So sorry to hear about this... (Below threshold)

So sorry to hear about this. My Condolences to the family.


Love and prayers for the fa... (Below threshold)
Vivien Hibbert:

Love and prayers for the family of this great man and patriot. Our thoughts are with you as you go through these difficult days. May Hugh's strength and character live in each of you and give you comfort.

This is a terrible shock.</... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

This is a terrible shock.

Hugh was a staunch patriot, a sharp thinker, and a fine writer whose character came through on his posts and comments. I first encountered him long, long ago on a website far, far away, and have appreciated his insights ever since.

My prayers for Hugh, and for his family and friends, whose loss I can only imagine.

Rest in Peace, HughS.

I am stunned and saddened.<... (Below threshold)

I am stunned and saddened.

My prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

He was a terrific writer and will be sorely missed by Wizbang readers, but it is his family and those closest to him that will suffer most terribly from this sudden and tragic loss. Words fail. My deepest sympathies to all.

I am so sorry. It was very ... (Below threshold)

I am so sorry. It was very obvious what a wonderful man he was. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family.

My deepest sympathies to hi... (Below threshold)

My deepest sympathies to his family. I can't imagine how horrible this sudden loss is for them. I'm just stunned and feel incredibly sad for his children.

RIP. Condolences to his fam... (Below threshold)
The Exposer:

RIP. Condolences to his family.

How terribly sad. Didn't kn... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

How terribly sad. Didn't know Hugh was a family man. They must be devastated.

My condolences.

My condolences to the Slate... (Below threshold)

My condolences to the Slatery family. I enjoyed Hugh's posts.

Devastating news. My praye... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

Devastating news. My prayers ask for strength and comfort for his children and family.

Deepest sympathy.

How terribly sad. My deepes... (Below threshold)

How terribly sad. My deepest sympathies to Hugh's family. I enjoyed reading his take on things here.

I am so sorry to hear this.... (Below threshold)

I am so sorry to hear this.
My deepest sympathies and condolences to the family.

Sigh.How sad that an... (Below threshold)

How sad that an event like this allows me to know Mr Slatery on a more personal level. I will miss his posts very much. May God bless his family and receive the soul of HughS.

He will be missed. Very Sa... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

He will be missed. Very Sad. He was a great writer and true patriot. We will keep him and his family in our prayers.

I'm so saddened to hear thi... (Below threshold)

I'm so saddened to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. May they find peace in remembering the good times. Hugh was a great guy and I'll certainly miss him.

"Stunned and saddened" is a... (Below threshold)

"Stunned and saddened" is an understatement.

Our prayers go out to the Slatery family.

Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

"Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?"

... Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

-- 1 Cor 15, 51-55; 58

God be with Hugh and his fa... (Below threshold)
Vickie Aylward:

God be with Hugh and his family at this tragic time. We are thinking of you all, and praying for you!
God Bless,
Vickie Aylward

He is from my neck of the w... (Below threshold)
Princess Bernie:

He is from my neck of the woods... Such a tragedy. My prayers are with his family. He is resting in God's arms now.

Terrible news. Hugh will b... (Below threshold)

Terrible news. Hugh will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to Hugh's wife and children for their loss.

Oh My God. Thanks for the p... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

Oh My God. Thanks for the post Kevin. RIP Hugh. This is tragic.

Damn...RIP Hugh.</... (Below threshold)


RIP Hugh.

We are so very sorry to hea... (Below threshold)
AJ and Kev:

We are so very sorry to hear about Hugh's passing. May God be with his family and friends in their time of need. Much love and prayers.

I know that my Redeemer liv... (Below threshold)

I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that in the end he will stand
upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed,
yet in my flesh will I see God;
I myself will see him
with my own eyes - I, and not
How my heart yearns within me!
Job19:25-27 NIV

RIP HughS. You will be missed.

God bless and keep him and ... (Below threshold)

God bless and keep him and his family in this time of loss.

This is very sad and a grea... (Below threshold)

This is very sad and a great loss. He will be missed. May God bless him and keep him. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

May God bless him, and keep... (Below threshold)

May God bless him, and keep his family safe... our prayers go out to them...

Hugh's posts here evidenced... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Hugh's posts here evidenced an intelligent, well reasoned and thoughtful man. He and his posts will be missed at wizbang.

But, I am sure not half so much as he will be missed Danita and their children. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Rest in peace, Hugh.

Wow. Nothing like waking u... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Wow. Nothing like waking up to a reminder that our life is but a fleeting vapor.

There really are no words. May God bless and comfort his family.

We'll miss you Hugh.

There were times when I cou... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

There were times when I could tell by his writing that he was someone you would want to call a friend and brother.
He will be missed.
Love and prayers to his family.

I am saddened to hear the n... (Below threshold)

I am saddened to hear the news, and I am thankful that you shared the story. Even in tragedy, hearing that Hugh was able to hear of the love of his family in his final moments is uplifting. That is a precious gift that was shared and makes me tear up thinking that in the last moments she was able to be strong and comforting.

I pray for peace and comfort for Hugh's family, and HughS, you will be greatly missed. Thanks for taking the time to share a bit of your life here in blogland with us.

Odd how something as simple... (Below threshold)

Odd how something as simple as a blog can make you think of someone you never met as a friend and cohort. May God's grace comfort his family in their grief.

Hugh,May the road ri... (Below threshold)

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face and the rain fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.

Goodbye old friend.

"In the blink of an eye."</... (Below threshold)

"In the blink of an eye."

I never knew the man, but our prayers are with his family.

He's with the Lord now. That's the only consolation I know to give to children of believers.


I am very sorry to hear of ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I am very sorry to hear of Hugh's death. I am grateful that his family can take comfort in the fact that he is in the arms of his Father. He did a great job here.

Condolences to the family l... (Below threshold)

Condolences to the family left behind. 53! So young.

Hugh's wife is clearly an a... (Below threshold)

Hugh's wife is clearly an amazing and brave woman. I can't imagine what that ride was like, knowing she was taking her children to the hospital where their father had since passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

May God hold him close, and... (Below threshold)

May God hold him close, and grant his family peace and comfort.

This is very sad. My sympat... (Below threshold)

This is very sad. My sympathies to Hugh's family and friends.

Requiscat in Pace... (Below threshold)

Requiscat in Pace

Check back for the first ti... (Below threshold)

Check back for the first time in awhile and did not expect this sort of thing. Sad, sad, sad times. Smart writer and seemed like a good person. Condolences to his family.

Hugs to Hughs Family !!! Th... (Below threshold)

Hugs to Hughs Family !!! Thank You for sharing Him with us..

So sorry to hear this. Cond... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

So sorry to hear this. Condolences to his family in this toughest of times.

RIP Hugh.

As well as I knew him, whic... (Below threshold)

As well as I knew him, which was only through commenting here, he was a good man - smart, polite even in disagreement; in short, a true gentleman. My condolences to his family.

RIPHugh has a stro... (Below threshold)


Hugh has a strong and supportive family, may they weather this safely.

R.I.P. and condolances to t... (Below threshold)

R.I.P. and condolances to the family.

HUGH was such a great write... (Below threshold)

HUGH was such a great writer.

A real fine American, with great class.

He will be sincerely missed.

RIP and best wishes to his fine Family.

A tough loss for all.

God Bless

A reminder to all that life... (Below threshold)
Mike Spurlock:

A reminder to all that life is fragile. It can end just like that. We search for reasons, but sometimes there just aren't any. If you have family, hug them and tell them you love them often. Words are insufficient, but my condolences to his family.

*sad*... (Below threshold)


Mrs. Slatery,God b... (Below threshold)

Mrs. Slatery,

God be with you till we meet again. One of my favorite hymns that gives me comfort during these unfortunate times. Stay strong for your children. My deepest sympathies. May God grant you comfort and solace in these hard times. From one mother to another, be strong and courageous.

My deepest condolences to h... (Below threshold)
Richard Romano:

My deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Rest well, Hugh.

My condolences to the Slate... (Below threshold)

My condolences to the Slatery family.

A great patriot, I will mis... (Below threshold)

A great patriot, I will miss your posts. Condolences to his children and family.

So sorry to hear this sad n... (Below threshold)

So sorry to hear this sad news.
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Stunned into silence and so... (Below threshold)

Stunned into silence and sorrow upon arriving at Wizbang this morning. My most heartfelt wishes for the Peace and Comfort of the Lord to be with the Slatery family. I deeply admired Hugh's intellect and patriotism. His voice was unique and powerful and never failed to instruct and guide all who read his words.

Thank you Mrs. Slatery for sharing him with us. We will pray for you and your family and we too will miss him here at Wizbang.

Mrs. Slatery, may you and y... (Below threshold)
David Jacobson:

Mrs. Slatery, may you and your children find comfort in God's love.

I first encountered HughS, ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I first encountered HughS, on Wizbangblue where he provided much and consistent constructive criticism, always with a tone of civility, which he maintained on his new role as a post writer on this site. Wizbang will be the poorer for his passing.

condolences to his family. ... (Below threshold)

condolences to his family.

I have been reading Wizbang... (Below threshold)

I have been reading Wizbang for several years and have enjoyed all of authors that have posted here. So it was with great sadness and shock that struck me when I opened the site this morning and read of Hugh Slatery's death.

I enjoyed reading and commenting on his posts, when opportunity presented itself. The Hedly Lamarr post will be a classic and it was a great sense of timing that he would think of that title.

I also send my condolences to his family and personal friends that knew this man in real life. May God bless him.

Condolences to Hugh's famil... (Below threshold)

Condolences to Hugh's family and also the family of writers at Wizbang. I was very saddened to read about Hugh's death. He was a great writer with both a sharp intellect and sharp wit. I am so sorry for his families' loss.

The Slatery family will be ... (Below threshold)
Teresa in Fort Worth, TX:

The Slatery family will be in our family's thoughts and prayers. I am glad that he was able to talk to his family one last time. Please know that there are more people than you will ever know who were touched by Hugh's words and who are holding your family in their prayers through the coming days....

All my deepest sympathies t... (Below threshold)

All my deepest sympathies to HughS's family. 53 years old. So very young.

All this universal praise s... (Below threshold)

All this universal praise speaks well of him.
God bless the family and all of you at Wizbang who loved him.

My condolences to Mr. Slate... (Below threshold)
Lee Ward:

My condolences to Mr. Slatery's family and friends. Hugh raised his voice and spoke his mind with passion and eloquence. We are all poorer for his passing.

I always enjoyed Hugh's com... (Below threshold)

I always enjoyed Hugh's commentary. Go with God, Hugh.

Good-bye, Hugh! You are a ... (Below threshold)

Good-bye, Hugh! You are a good man. You're now in God's Presence. You will be missed by all of us.

My most sincere condolences to his family and friends. Especially, the children!

If a picture says a thousan... (Below threshold)

If a picture says a thousand words, his would all be of pure happiness.

A bright, shining face, made so by the love of his family, and the touch of God.

A poem which always touches me at times like these has always given me solace.

Though it may be a common one, it still evokes a profound sense of comfort.

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I did not die.

Goodbye, Hugh.


Very saddening. RIP, HughS.... (Below threshold)

Very saddening. RIP, HughS.

Words fail.We are ... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Words fail.

We are all poorer for the passing of this thoughtful, well spoken man.

God's grace and peace to all his family and loved ones.

He will be missed, but many of us will see him someday in a place far better than this.

Hugh, this is not goodbye. It is goodbye for now. See you soon, friend.


I haven't been here to wizb... (Below threshold)

I haven't been here to wizbangblog in a long time due to 2 new additions to our little family (1 and 3 yo kids).

I can only imagine how Hugh's little boy feels to lose his daddy. I know my little guy always chirps up when I come home from work and that's probably how it was for Hugh.

God bless this family and look over them as they deal with this great, temendous loss.


Hugh will be missed.... (Below threshold)

Hugh will be missed.

HughS' opinions and insight... (Below threshold)

HughS' opinions and insights will be sorely missed. He was one of my favorite bloggers at this sight.

Condolences to his family for your great loss.

I can't remember if I cried... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

I can't remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride,
But something touched me deep inside
The day the blogging died.

I am at a loss. This blog h... (Below threshold)

I am at a loss. This blog has been a tremendous read for me, and we are all diminished by the loss of this great writer and thinker.
My thoughts are with Hugh's family and friends. His wit, and perspective, are already missed.

speechlessRIP Hugh... (Below threshold)


RIP Hugh, you are missed.

I'm so deeply and terribly ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I'm so deeply and terribly sorry to hear this sad news. God, my heart goes out to his family--and especially his oldest.

May the many blessings of God and His unending love and grace be with Hugh and the Slatery family.

Condolences to the Slatery ... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Condolences to the Slatery family. I don't think any of us could believe - could even imagine - the news he had passed was actually true. I wish there were some way I could ease the pain you're feeling right now. Just try to remember the good times and know that some day you'll all be united again.

Best Regards,

God, please be with Hugh's ... (Below threshold)

God, please be with Hugh's family, give his wife and children the strength to handle this tragic loss.

Hugh's family is in my prayers. How tragic.

What a blessing you all are... (Below threshold)
Danita Slatery:

What a blessing you all are...........Thank you for your heartfelt love for Hugh. I have been so busy with arrangements that I just had a chance to send Kevin the posting in the paper today. Much to my surprise I stumbled across this blog and all your kind and loving comments. WOW....you have warmed my heart. I don't have the time to put everything together now but this will be a keepsake forever for my children. How to thank you is beyond impossible. I am thankful for technology that brings people close through kindred spirits.

Prayer does everything..........and everything is PEACE, that surpasses all understanding. I thank you with a heart full of love. And on behalf of Hugh.....even though it's not a guy thing..........He loved you!!! Trust me he is rolling his eyes now and is ready for me to sign off........ But his laugh and love is with you....and always his opinion on politics!! God bless you my friends and thank you for your friendship to Hugh. Please keep my chidren in your prayers.

Gods grace and love to you all.
Danita Slatery

So very sorry to read this ... (Below threshold)

So very sorry to read this news, it certainly reminds us how fragile life can be. To echo the other posters, Hugh will be missed.

RIP, Hugh. My condolences ... (Below threshold)

RIP, Hugh. My condolences and prayers to your family.

Godspeed, Hugh.... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Godspeed, Hugh.

What a shame - my condolenc... (Below threshold)

What a shame - my condolences to the Slatery family and their friends.

Rest in Peace Hugh.<p... (Below threshold)

Rest in Peace Hugh.

Prayers on the way for your family.

My deepest condolences to h... (Below threshold)

My deepest condolences to his family, friends and loyal readers. He will be missed.

Dear Mrs. Slatery and Famil... (Below threshold)
Stephen H.:

Dear Mrs. Slatery and Family, I am very sorry for your loss. May God Bless you and keep your family in His arms. Hugh was an eloquent writer.

I am saddened to hear of Hu... (Below threshold)

I am saddened to hear of Hugh's passing, buy am comfortable knowing he's having a blast.

I pray for God's comfort for his family and loved ones.

I don't follow this blog as... (Below threshold)
Dave K:

I don't follow this blog as I found it because of this post via Glenn Reynolds' Instapundit.

I just wanted to offer my prayers to Mr. Slatery's family and friends as well as all of those who knew him or had that familiarity we sometimes seem to develop without even noticing on the internet.

May he rest in peace and God grant his loved ones strength, peace and understanding.

I'm deeply saddened to hear... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

I'm deeply saddened to hear of the death of Hugh. His family has my prayers and best wishes. 53 is just too young to pass away. Sometimes life isn't very fair.






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