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Old 02-09-2011, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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I'm deeply saddened to report Nick Arundel died yesterday, ironically on the same day he was to be named the Outstanding Virginian of 2011 by the Virginia General Assembly.

Nick was an amazing man. He was the publisher of the Loudoun Times-Mirror and the Fauquier Times-Democrat, and under his guidance those two papers were examples of local journalism done well. He didn't just publish press releases, he had reporters and cared that people know what was going on.

Nick was very active in northern Virginia and held many charitable events at his beloved Merry Oak Farm. He was quite a local philanthropist (not always easy to do on a publisher's salary) and a horseman who was an important contributor to Northern Virginia's equestrian events, especially the steeple chase. He was well known for his local conservationist efforts.

He earned respect because he clearly knew knew how to respect others. He was a personal inspiration to me, the sort of person I have spent much of my life aspiring to be like--but few could do as much as Nick did, or be as generous as he was. The world is a better place because he lived, and I'm sad today. Sad because I'll miss him and sad that so many of the new people here never knew him.
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Old 02-10-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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normie - what a beautiful epitaph for your departed friend. I am sorry for your loss and for the loss to the NoVa community. Your post is such a tribute to a life well lived. We can only hope others will miss us so much or have so much to celebrate about how we lived our lives and what we created and contributed to the lives of those around us, when we ourselves depart. Thanks for sharing your experience of Nick Arundel with us.

I once read a book in which a wise character instructed some young people on the only question needed to evaluate how you are living your whole life. That question is - Are other people happy you were born?

Sounds like Nick can answer yes to that question.
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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In the paper today they ran tributes from several local politicians and VIPs. I was amazed to learn that he did so much more than what I knew about.
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