and macca-l tribute to linda continues...
photo courtesy of d
northcutt and lynn harvey
linda louise eastman mccartney 1941 - 1998
" The courage
she showed to fight for her causes of vegetarianism and animal welfare was unbelievable.
How many women can you think of who would singlehandedly take on opponents like the meat
and livestock commission, risk being laughed at, and yet succeed?" ~ Paul talking
about his Lovely Linda
It has been a few hours
since my sister called me and told me the terrible news about Linda's death. All the words
in the world can not express how we all feel now.
this is such a devastating loss for Paul and his family. Paul and Linda had so many things
that most of us wish for and dream about. I think that the most important thing they had
was their true love and devotion for each other and their children. we are lucky if we can
find that one true love in our lives, and that kind of love is so unimaginable. thank god
that we are fortunate to have true real people like Paul and Linda to have shown us that
such genuine love exists.
My prayers are not only with the McCartney family during this sorrowful time, but also
with you and your friends who put so much work into the list web site -- I'm sure your
efforts are not only a wonderful tribute to a very brave and generous woman, but will also
be a comfort to her family in days to come.
As a Family who loves music your loss touches us deeply. Our prayers are with the
McCartney Cartney Family and we pray that God grant you His Inner Peace with the knowledge
that She lives with God free for earthly cares and pain.
Rick Holt and Family
just wanted to say that if it were not for this list today, I do believe I would've gone
nuts, at least I had the rest of you to cry with, read your posts of tears & mop up my
own at the same time. It surely is a sad day, with Lady Linda's passing made known, us
here in Oklahoma were remembering the awful bombing that happened on this day as well. I
thank those who make this list possible, it was a lifesaver for me today.
What can I say? I logged on to the net today and read that Linda had died? At first I
thought it was a hoax, but sadly it isn't. I am in total shock!!!! Linda looked so healthy
in the last pics I saw of her. I cried so hard watching the specials on Fox news and
MSNBC. My heart goes out to Paul and his children. I can't begin to imagine how they feel.
Linda was such a sweet, loving, and caring person. She didn't deserve this. I always
thought that she would live to be old, and that she had won her battle with cancer. I only
hope that Paul uses his music to console himself and does not begin to use drugs or
alcohol. I really don't think he will, but you never know. I hope he remembers how Linda
helped him when the Beatles broke up, when John died, when Paul's father died, etc., and
keeps those consoling feelings inside himself when thinking about Linda . He certainly has
a lot of good memories. She was the best thing that could have happened to him. She will
be sadly missed by all. Linda, we love you. Rest in peace.
I am SO saddened to hear about Linda-----being a Beatle fan, I remember when she and Paul
were married. I was so impressed with her photography; I have had her book for many years.
I feel so badly---what a wonderful couple they were.
I just wanted to express my sadness at Linda's passing. She was a truly wonderful woman. I
have been a vegetarian for almost five months now and she and Paul have been an
inspiration to me. I am praying very hard for her family. May the love she has given them
see them through this difficult time.
Peace and Real Love to all of you......
"I Will Hold You For As Long As You Like.......I'll Hold You For The Rest Of My
Life." Paul McCartney
As a Family who loves music your loss touches us deeply. Our prayers are with the Mc
Cartney Family and we pray that God grant you His Inner Peace with the knowledge that She
lives with God free for earthly cares and pain.
Rick Holt and Family
I´m just doing a pray for Linda´s soul, and I´ll do for forty days more. We all could
help her to refit her soul in her new life. Knowing her love for animals, I´m so secure
that such a kind of soul it will accommodate -on the "other side", easily. As
animals has a minor-developed polish on soul, but a *soul* without no doubt, she was
during her life enhancing her soul-profile, which is a good manner to shorted way to
This kind of ill, affected me more close -if it´s let- because my mother died, form liver
cancer too, and I know it well.
I cant to tell a pein in my heart
but..Paul need a power of our love right now.
Thanks Linda for all you make... for Paul and the world.
You know...we mess you...
Help a cancer`s hospitals
Lord, touch your hand .Paul and Kids
Peace and love
Marcia MC Basso
There's no more fitting tribute to Linda and her family. All you need is Love. God bless
Paul, Heather, Mary, Stella and James and everyone who loves them all.
I am so sorry to loose another person of great strength and character. It seems so many
are leaving us, will we have the endurance to go on? Death is so damn final.
First think i heard today was BBC news. Linda is no longer with us. i just don't know what
to say. Really.
Please let Paul and family know that they are all in my prayers for Linda!!
Hopefully....her death will serve to advance Cancer research. Maureen
I've been reading this list for well over a year now. I'm not one to post, but I really
enjoy reading all your posts...now I am coming out of lurkdom to express my sincere
sympathy to Paul and his family...About the time I found out about Linda's cancer, I had
just lost my father of cancer, so it touched me then, as it does now...I know this will be
a great lose to this group of wonderful people, you all seem so close....I just wish I
could give each and everyone of you a big hug...especially my dear friend, Jean, who is on
this list...I'm with you, Jean....Everyone take care.
There are never adequate words for when a good person leaves this world too soon. But in
their absence, I'll just add my voice to the millions around the world who are wishing
peace for Linda's family, friends and fans...My heartfelt sympathies are with all of you.
Linda was a good photographer, great mother and wonderful person -Bob
i feel an emptiness and complete loss with her passing. breast cancer is like a dark cloud
waiting for a negative force to ignite it.
As I sit here reading everyone's heartfelt thoughts, I struggle for my choice of words in
such sadness. All I can think of is that it's 6 months ago tonight I was lucky enough to
be sitting in Carnegie Hall watching SS. I remember everything about that great night and
of course it all revolves around Paul, Linda & family. When Linda & Paul first
took there seats the place seemed to explode with camera flash lights, myself included, as
most everyone strained to get a picture. Paul and Linda, from where I sat, loved it all
and played into the endless calls of their names from all directions above, below, to the
right and to the left, thumbs up, peace signs, waves and other friendly hand gestures were
generously being made by Paul & Linda to as many directions as they could turn to. And
now such things will only live in memory and memorials. So in close I will recall the
words that I remember reading as the "official" words from Paul when asked for
comment on/about Derek Taylor's death to cancer.... I believe he said, "There are no
words, just sadness," (and or the likes of that) and tonight for The McCartney Family
I feel that those very words would be the best way to convey my thoughts on there terrible
loss, "no words, just sadness." and some heartfelt sympathy to Paul, &
Family. Though this was to be a brief note with-
" no words" it is my thoughts with some words on this dark day. So I will end
here by saying, thank you Linda for all you did in this world, it DID make a difference to
many be it a human and or animals, you were LOVED and will continue to be LOVED.
With Sympathy, Natalie
~~Nothing's gonna shake your love~~
~~Take your love away~~
~~Grow to the heavens~~
~~Now and Forever~~
~~Always came too soon~~
verses from: Little Willow
to the entire mccartney family, our hearts go out to you due to your loss of a beautiful
and wonderful lovely lady, linda. you are in our thoughts. with love, d.c. du bois
My prayers go out to Paul and his family. Linda will always be in our hearts and in all
the projects that she was apart of, will always fell and see her in the work that she was
always fighting for. Now she can rest and watch us go forward in her fight for a better
life for animals and this earth we call home.
thank you, Lorie Garcia
All of my best..wishes...just read about Linda's death....my prayers....
Derek in the bay area...California
Not much can be said here...
I asked my girlfriend as we were going to the hospital (she hurt her thumb Saturday night,
and decided to get it checked out today), when I asked her if I could just flip and hear
the top-of-the-hour news on NPR at 4pm. There it was, as the top story. Those people who
know me know that I'm quite stoic, and that few things bring me to tears. I just basically
broke down at the news. My girlfriend just pulled over right then and had me let it all
out. I still had tears when I saw the NBC and ABC broadcasts at 6:30. Like most of you, I
was under the impression that she was in remission, and had gotten better.
My girlfriend knows what the kids have gone through, for her mom also has breast cancer.
This news reminded her to keep things in perspective in our lives. Her and my hearts and
prayers go out to Paul, Heather, Stella, Mary, James, the Eastmans, and the rest of the
(By the way, my gf's thumb had a chip fracture, but she's ok (hey, she drove). That's
nothing compared to the pain Paul and the family are feeling now, and what the world will
I feel very sad as there are few women I admire these days. Renewed my resolve to remain
vegetarianism and to focus on serving causes I believe in. Pray for her family.
Dear McCartney Family
Our deep feelings for our Linda.
For many Brazilian, as me and my wife,
after 04/21/1990 in Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
and in 1993 in the Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo,
you were already of the family.
Almir Corrêa Moraes and Marilis Maldonado Moraes
I had to emerge from lurk mode to say how shocked and saddened I am from hearing of
Linda's sudden passing. Every album that Paul did from "McCartney" to the
present (and possibly before) has been influenced by Linda. It would be neat to attempt to
count all the songs written to or about her. Though she was heavily lampooned as a singer
and musician, her presence in Wings and in Paul's solo band gave his music new definition.
She will most likely be remembered best as a highly acclaimed photographer and advocate of
It's hard to imagine which direction Paul's life and career will go after today. Time will
tell. I hope in time Paul can emerge and carry on his musical legacy in her honor.
I believe that Linda's most enduring tribute will brtney.
Though Paul has written many beautiful lyrics for Linda, I think the most appropriate ones
for this time are from a song that Paul sang but did not write:
There's only one thing that money can't buy
True love that will never die
All My Trials. Lord, soon be over
The river Jordan is chilly and cold
Kills the body but not the soul
All My Trials, Lord, soon be over
All My Trials, Lord, soon be over
Peace & Love
The animals cannot speak in human language, except for Koko, so I thank the magnificent
Linda McCartney in their place.
Thank you, Lovely Linda, for your incredible example of anti-cruelty and non-violence
regarding all sentient beings! Thank you, thank you! Perhaps by now, you may know how many
animals lives you saved, and how many you spared from intense suffering due to your
un-compromising stand for animal rights...for animal feelings and emotions.
The animals in heaven danced today, at Linda's arrival. The animals on Earth pray that her
light of knowledge will keep burning brightly and continue to work for their freedom.
Linda was a wonderful wife, mother and professional woman. She was a true example of a
truly good human being. May all of us strive to be more like her every day.
God bless Paul, the children, their animals, their charities and all sentient beings
Love to All,
Well, what can I say??? There's just nothing to say in a situation like this one, but wish
all the best wishes to Paul, Heather, Mary, Stella and James, may the good lord be with
them in such a very hard time as this one they're going through!! Hope they can carry on
with their good life!!!
All the wishes to all
Wanted to pass on that Linda will be missed and it's a sad day that someone so positive
and giving has passed from this life and this planet. Linda is an inspiration to
many....please pass on to Paul....thanks so much....Deb
Tears and sadness enveloped me upon hearing the news. Thank God for your site...It has
helped me cope with the passing of a big sister I never knew. Our beatle family is
mourning...how can we help Paul?
Love and Peace
After being a rock DJ for about thirty years, I felt like I new Linda a bit. Always wanted
to thank her for sending me her great calendars year after year. Always liked and looked
forward to them. MPL seemed to track me down where ever I moved and always got one to me,
much to my amazement. Enjoyed Linda's photo composition, music and persona.
She will be missed greatly.
I'm heartbroken and saddened by Linda's passing, not just for myself but especially for
Paul and their children, I know she meant the world to them, as much as the world meant so
much to her.......she will be dearly missed. (I grew up with the Beatles...Paul, George,
John and Richard(Ringo)), they all meant so much to me and shaped the way I live my life
today. Without the influence and support of such a loving family it would be hard for any
man to carry on the way Paul has. I respect and admire all that they stand for. I just
wish I could tell Paul this to him in person, he has always been my musical inspiration.
(Sorry Cathy, I know this is a question forum...but, I just had to let someone know how I
feel, Linda's passing REALLY hurts.... :( )
I AM A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, AND I AM VERY SAD TO HEAR OF LINDAS DEATH, I KNOW ITS A
BATTLE AND IVE BEEN BATTLING FOR ALMOST 5 YEARS NOW. I WAS GLAD ALSO TO HEAR SHE DID NOT
SUFFER, AND THAT HER FAMILY WAS ALL WITH HER. SHE WILL BE TRULY MISSED, I ALSO WAS MARRIED
IN 1969 AND MY HUSBAND AND I CAN RELATE TO LINDA AND PAULS PRECIOUS MOMENTS TOGETHER. MAY
GOD BLESS HER HUSBAND AND FAMILY AND GIVE THEM THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON. OUR PRAYERS AND
THOUGHTS ARE WITH THEM.
I just located your site today after reading the news of Linda's death. Being an avid fan
of Paul's, I was always thrilled that he married someone whose values and views were so
near and dear to my own heart. I haven't been able to spend much time visiting your web
page, but will do so.
In the meantime, I will subscribe to the e-mail information and hope there is some way
that the undoubtedly millions of positive thoughts and support get through to Linda's
family somehow. Thanks for providing this forum.
I would like if you would Cathy to send my condolences to Linda's family and to Let Paul
know that we (my family) are praying for them. I grew up with the Beatles and when Lin and
Paul got married i was so happy for them i looked at them as a Fairy Tale Wedding couple
and i admired her for always being by Paul's side no matter what other jealous people
thought of her she was an inspiration to Paul's life to survive and to many others lives.
May the good LORD Bless and keep him and her forever.
Her friend forever,
I was devastated when I heard the news today of Linda's death. Please send my
deepest sympathy and prayers to the McCartney family.
Our very best to the McCartney family. Santa Barbara is such a beautiful place. In loving
memory. The Colucci's of Long Beach, Ca.
Please forward my deepest sympathies to the McCartney Family.
Jeb & Lisa Simkins
I don't know my way around this computer to well yet.. But I did want to say to you and
Linda's family how truly sorry I am .. that Linda is gone ..I did not take the time to
follow her interest or cause's ... And for that I am sorry.. I can tell you that whenever
I read about Linda , I always thought `` that lady has her stuff together'' And she is to
be admired and remembered..
Regrets to Paul and friends.
I always admired Linda, and she is one of the reasons I became a vegetarian 4 years ago.
Pat Williams, fire captain from San Francisco Bay Area.
You will be missed.
Hello,I hope that you can forward this to Linda's family. My deepest sorrows on this such
a tragic day for Paul and their children, I think I speak for everyone in the Chicago area
when I say we are truly sorry for the Mc Cartney family on this day. Sincerely,
I just wanted to express my condolences to the McCartney family on the death of
Linda. I never met Mrs. McCartney, but I have admired her work over the years, both
as a photographer and activist. I also found her marital relationship to be
inspiring, lasting almost 30 years. This is a rarity these days. I hope it
will be of some comfort to the family to know of the impact her life had on others.
J.R. Craft, Ph.D.
I am sorry you have left...for your husband and your children...but may your be blessed
and comforted in your passing. Go not in pain for your have left an vision of light!
my wife and i used linda's second book for the last year now and were fans of wings, i
cannot imagine how paul feels right now but we can only send him love and condolences.
I heard about Linda MacCartney's death today and I had to sit down and lock my mind onto
that moment. It will be one of those "what were you doing when..." moments
that I will never forget. I wish there were some way to express my sadness to Paul
and his family.
I became a vegetarian because of Linda and Paul when I learned of their regimen during
their '91 tour of the states. I have every album or CD that they have ever
made. They were great together and her passing will leave us all feeling a little
I did not know where to write this, and it seems you were the closest e-mail site to send
this message to Paul and his Family and friends.
How much can and will be said when a person passes away, only to state that it was to
soon. We have never had a chance to say goodbye and for millions of us around the world,
we never had a chance to say even hello.
Luckily she left us some great pictures, some singing with Paul and a beautiful family !!
Again, life always will go on... "She will" (From the song "I Will" of
It is a very sad time indeed when someone so gentle is taken from us. My heart goes out to
the entire McCartney family. Linda will be sadly missed, and her memory will be cherished.
Love to all,
My heartfelt condolences to the McCartney and Eastman families.
It is at times like this that I wish I was a poet or a wonderful writer who could convey
how deeply saddened I am by the terrible loss of such a wonderful woman.
My words simply can not express my feelings, but I know that all of you share my sorrow,
and that knowledge helps a little bit.
To Paul and his family,
My heart goes out to you. My family and I will keep you and Linda in our prayers.
I haven't cried since december 1980.............today I cried. What can we say.
I feel so much for Paul & the kids, all we can do is now live Linda's dreams sorry i
don't know what else to say at the moment ...
Our wishes for a speedy and pleasant journey to Linda, our thoughts and love go to her
family. Thank you for the many pleasant memories.
i am beside myself...what can i say? it is late and i've been crying, reading all your
lovely, touching posts. my heart goes out to everyone that loved linda, too many people to
name. but most of all to paul, heather, mary, stella and james. i am the same age as james
and i don't know what i would do if i lost my mother.
i am going to try to go veggie for at least a week in honor of our dear, departed friend.
p.s. the people on my floor have been nice. i posted the sad news on my message board on
my door, along with a picture of linda and paul. people have written nice things. i'm
going to leave it on my board for as long as my roommate lets me.
I wanted to pass on my condolences to all who knew and loved Linda McCartney. I don't know
if there is a condolences list, but I am hoping that this will find it's way to Paul and
We are all thinking of them, and it sounds as if Linda's last days were spent happily with
her family. God bless
Linda will be forever with Paul through their children and because of their love for each
other. As difficult as it will be for Paul and his family, it is that love that will carry
them through these rough times and the rest of their lives. Love equals strength and there
was certainly lots of love in that family, so they must have a lot of strength to go on
right now. Having experienced and shared that kind of special love will not destroy Paul
but will give him solace and be a source of strength for his children. In time, when
everything settles down a bit Paul will find happiness in celebrating Linda's life and we
will all be here helping him do that.
our thoughts are with both the mccartney family, and you all. be strong,
please pass on to sir paul and family our deepest sorrow and regrets.
there are no words other than one - love.
we know how much the family has a love for each other - and we are sure that they know of
the love we have always had for paul and linda.
be strong - we are all thinking of you.....
carol and mark..........
Just no vivid words to say....
Just so sorry.
It was a great shock for me and for all.
This is my first posting to this group and I am sorry it has to be in such sad
circumstances. I woke up to the news this morning here in Sydney Australia My condolences
to Paul and his family. It is nice to be able to talk to some one about it.
There is this thing that Paul does with the music sometimes. There's five or six voices
singing one of his wonderful arrangements, and we come to the end of the song, and, in
time with the beat, in synch with the song, each of the voices winks off, goes out the
door, one by one, until there's nothing left by silence.
Then, imagine that each of us is this little symphony that we play to the world: the self
who plays to our spouse, the self we play to our children, our friends, the people we work
with, the self we play to the universe if we are artists, as Linda McCartney was.
Now, consider the selves of Linda McCartney and how she played them: daughter, wife,
mother, artist, wife again, mother again, musician, citizen, artist, businesswoman, cook
of the house, and all the other roles we don't know about because we didn't know her
So, how did she play her symphony: wife, artist, mother, citizen: first-rate. All of her
selves were first-rate.
And then her symphony stopped all at once, so we did not have time to savor each of the
separate selves she played to us as they left. They stopped all at once.
But we can play that song over. We can see her thriving children, her husband inspired to
29 years of love longs, her photographs of the world as only her eye could see it, her
great compassion for every creature that lives on this earth, her heart and soul and
artistry. We can play that song again.
After our hearts heal, we can play that song again.
As so many before me, I want to express my sincerest sympathy to Paul and his family and
to Linda's family on her passing.
In our grief, we need to remember how wonderful it was to have Linda with us, if only for
a shortened time.
Thanks to all at Macca-l for providing a supportive atmosphere for us during this
difficult time. JoyceV : )
in mourning for Paul and family but celebrating Lind's life.
I am glad they could keep it from the public so long. And I am happy it didn't come to
them as the surprise it came to us. I did not know Linda, I did not even share all of her
beliefs on things. Yet through Paul's music it was evident to me that this woman was an
important part of Paul's life, and I began to respect and even love her, as well as I
could, not actually knowing her.
When I read the first news here I couldn't believe it. There it was, so suddenly staring
at me on the screen. I needed some time to handle this so I slept over the night. This
morning I realised that I had considered these people as unreal, immortal even. I guess I
now understand they are and were as human as I am.
Linda was the inspiration of most of Paul's post-Beatles output. It has helped me to
handle my feelings on the matter to listen to the albums that have Linda's emotional input
most strongly audible, FITD and FP. I can't imagine, or I actually am afraid to imagine
what kind of an impact this has had on Paul. As Paul has said in songs, their love was all
that they needed, and that 'as long as we're together, it'll be all right'.
I've prayed, and will pray for Paul and the family, for the same kind of strength and
consolation he himself conveys in songs like Little Willow.
Today I , like many others, am saddened and shocked to hear the sad news about Linda; her
kindness and compassion knew no boundary, I want to say Thanks for her life, her music,
her wonderful work for Animal Welfare issues and educating people about Vegetarianism.
Our heartfelt sympathy and understanding to Paul, all of her family and friends. We shall
continue to support your work, your legacy will live on.
Lynda and Steve Wright, Liverpool.
Dear Macca-L and LindaMac-L friends,
i had next to no access to the Macca-L list this weekend due to server problems and was
away from telly, so this morning i woke up to *The Hartford Courant*'s devastating news
about the death of Lady Linda. i am utterly and completely stunned by the great loss of
this great woman.
such is my shock that i find myself at a loss for apt words, even though we poets are
supposed to have them at our beck and call. i thank melody for posting the beautiful poem
by Edna St. Vincent Millay - i don't know how much more i can add to those thoughts at the
let it suffice to say that in sharing my grief with Sir Paul, Heather, Mary, Stella,
James, Linda McCartney's family, and all of you, i also share a deep sense of celebration
for Linda's most creative and inspiring life. i had the honour and privilege to see Sir
Paul and Lady Linda in person at the Standing Stone world premier in London, and i shall
never forget Linda's ebullience, her spiritual strength, and the great love she and Paul
made palpable to the world.
what is created from the raw gem of the Artist's pure soul is a diamond which illuminates
the world for all of us forever. Linda, you were, and will always be, a light of
inspiration for all people.
with deep and sincere sympathy to Sir Paul and his family,
higganum, connecticut usa
I never thought that I had a religious
bone in my body; however, I can't help but wonder if all of the wonderful things that
Linda has managed to do in 56 years is precisely the reason that she has been 'taken'.
Maybe she has achieved so much in her lifetime that it was time for her to go. Plus, she's
done it all so well ~ she's been a daughter, wife, friend, mom, photographer, musician,
animal rights activist, cook, business woman, author and more. She has loved and been
loved & respected in return, by thousands of people she's never even met, no less, and
has saved countless animals' lives by promoting vegetarianism. Gosh, how many of us will
achieve even half as much in our lifetime?
Linda Eastman McCartney led a good, full life which she loved and lived to the fullest.
While we mourn the woman who has left us, let's also rejoice that she was here and that
she made such a difference to so many while she lived.
I'm not sure who will actually read this note but I hope it gets to someone who really
cares about Paul and Linda McCartney and their musical as well as non-musical
contributions they have made to this world.
I am deeply saddened by Linda's death and find it hard to believe. I thought she had been
doing better and I prayed that her life would be spared. I know she's in a beautiful place
now where animals are not killed and cancer does not exist. I looked up to Linda and Paul
because of the longevity of their marriage and how they seemed to be down to earth. Paul's
music both with the Beatles and as a solo artist has been such an inspiration to me. I
will treasure the memories I have of seeing both Paul and Linda in concert twice in my 30
years of being alive on this planet.
Paul's music and his charity work has made this planet a better place. I hope that he does
believe in God and knows that Linda is in Heaven. I know I will never understand the depth
of his grief. My prayers are with him and the children. Please let him know that and that
his fans young and old care about him.
We condole with Paul on the loss of Linda.
We love you, Paul & Linda!
family & friends
When I heard the news yesterday, I knew my e-mail would be full of information and
condolences for Linda. I was not able to bring myself to read any of it until this
morning. Now the tears are flooding back.
It is strange how you don't often realize how much a person has touched your life until
that person is gone. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I lost my father to
cancer when I was seven years old, and I know it is a difficult loss to bear.
As I attempt to go into work shortly, I will think of all of you on the list. Your love
and concern expressed on this list will help me get through my day.
With heavy heart,
The terrible news stroke me last night, near midnight... it has been quite unexpected to
me and I suddenly felt very very sorry.
Losing a beloved person is like a war or a famine and we all know what the presence or
Linda meant to Paul and their sons.
Paul and Linda always told us about the importance of love... now is the moment to giving
them the more that we can: here is my greatest, warmest and most sincere hug to Paul, his
sons and all his family... with a great thought of love to Linda.
Love from Italy,
I too, wish to send my love, thoughts and prayers to the McCartney family. Paul's love of
Linda has never been questioned. The first song I played today was "Cook Of The
House". The only song I have with Linda on lead vocals.
Rock on, Paul.
We are sad for you and your kids with Linda's death. After all those years together, to
still think and call Linda your "girlfriend" was a great testimony of your
commitment to one another.
Paul, if you don't already know--God is good. The picture "religion" paints of
Him as cruel or harsh is not accurate. I don't know of Linda's relationship with Him but I
know the Lord to be loving and fair. Our prayers are that He comforts you and leads you
into all truth. The Father, the Son and the Spirit haven't changed.
Grieving, as you know, is natural. We know that you and your children will make it.
Rev. Gregory Haage
I want to express my sadness, shock and condolences to Paul, James, Mary, Stella and
Heather upon the death of Linda. I really don't care what anyone on the 'net says, class
is something that can't be bought, and Linda, through her 56 years on earth and her
marriage to Paul, was a living example of what "Class" really means.
I think that Linda should be remembered for her strong support for animal rights and
vegetarianism. Also, she and Paul and given birth to four of the most well-adjusted and
open-minded people I've had the pleasure of reading about. As Sir Paul emphasized, the
best way to remember Linda is to support breast cancer research and animal rights. I'm a
It must have been cold there in my shadow
To never see sunlight on your face
You were content to let Paul shine
But you never walked a step behind
So he was the one with all the glory
While you were the one with all the strain
A beautiful face to hide the pain
But we never once heard you complain
Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wanted to be
I can fly higher than an eagle
Linda, you were the wind beneath my wings.
Thank you so much, Lady Linda
Henrietta R. Hudson
PS: Say "Hi" to John, OK
Dear Paul, James, Mary, Stella and Heather,
Linda was a great influence in my life through her photography and I admired her strong
determination to draw attention to animal suffering.
It was a privilege to have known her and I will always remember that 'hug' she gave me
back in 1995.
I will miss her and will be reminded of her every time I take a photo.
My wish is that you will find comfort in the fact that Linda was loved by many and the
world is a better place because of her light.
Shine on Linda,
I was in London last fall for the premiere of Standing Stone. I treasure now my memories
of the two of you together watching the performance. When it was over, you closed your
eyes and rested your head on her shoulder. She smiled. I felt like I witnessed a private
moment, a moment that truly summed up the bond between the two of you. Then you stood up
and walked to the stage. And she jumped to her feet and yelled along with all of us fans.
Even though I didn't know her, Linda was an inspiration to me. She followed her own heart
and stayed true to herself and those she loved. And now, she is with all the people she
loved who crossed over before her, and with all her favorite horses and dogs and cats and
other animals that she loved so much. She is not alone. And neither are you.
Well, I'm finally ready with my thoughts on Linda's death. I had to wait awhile to let it
I heard the news Sunday, at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. I turned on the radio, and
had it on low volume while I read my e-mail. Ironically, I had been reading macca-l
digests, but they were still from the night before, so the news hadn't hit yet. Then the
top of the hour news came on, and I vaguely heard something about a "rock
legend" losing his love, and they were playing "Uncle Albert/Admiral
Halsey" and I thought, "Wonder why they're playing that," so I turned it up
and heard the news. I think I shrieked, and I got that kind of hysterical you get where
your feelings are so overpowering that they sort of come out as half crying/half
hiccuping. My gut hurt, and it kept hurting for days afterward. I didn't eat until 8
o'clock that night, and I stayed up till 10:30 AM the next morning, having taken a sick
day from school. Then I woke again at around 4:00 or 4:30, and didn't eat until 11:00 that
night. I feel like I lost about ten pounds those first days alone. The overpowering
thought that kept running through my mind was, "If I'm going through this, what is
Paul feeling?" You know, I can't think of Paul without Linda. I can't think of an
interview he does where she's not mentioned, or an occasion where she's not at his side,
or a concert where she isn't there. I can't and I couldn't think about it. I always
thought that one day, years from now, I'd be getting my little kids ready for school, and
I'd turn on one of those fluff entertainment programs where the head story would be
"Paul and Linda's Big Bash, the big party they held for their fiftieth wedding
anniversary." And there would be pictures of all their kids and their grandkids and
their friends. And I would smile and think back to when I was I teenage Beatlemaniac, and
how scary it was when she was diagnosed, but thank God she got through it, and how now I
was so happy for them. But now...it won't happen. Anytime Paul is photographed, he won't
be the same, and he will never get back to normal. No more "same old Paul." We
will all get on with our lives, and the list will get back to normal, and there will again
be joking posts, and posts about favorite albums and songs and what chord is in this song
or that song...but Paul won't get back to normal. He will always miss her, and it will
hurt every second of the day for a long time. He will always feel this empty space at his
side, or in his bed, and the kids will eventually move back to their residences, and get
on with their jobs and their lives. And Paul, as Carla Lane said, will be alone. Sometimes
he will be content in his memories but other times...maybe he'll wake up and have a
momentary panic that he has forgotten her voice, or what she looked like or felt like, or
how it sounded when she laughed. And it will be so hard, it must feel like his soul has
been ripped out of him. Ironically, the big controversy sort of helped me. It was an easy
outlet for my anger; to be angry at the press and the Santa Barbara police
department...they are tangible things. You can scream at them, but you can't scream at
cancer. It was easier to divert my thoughts to the debate about Geoff Baker, or my
feelings about whether assisted suicide is right or wrong, or even concentrating on the
evidence if it really happened. Then I didn't have to think about Linda being gone. I'm
glad the controversy has died down, though, don't get me wrong. And I am no longer sure if
whenever we see Paul, people will think that he assisted her suicide. I imagine that the
doctor will come out and make an expanded statement, or Paul will, and we will hear the
story. I wasn't surprised that Carla said Paul has been talking constantly about Linda.
I'm sure he can't think about anything else. That's all I can think of to say right now,
but I'd like to leave with one more thing. A long time ago, I read that, after John died,
one of the mourners outside the Dakota held up a sign that said, "Christmas in
Heaven." I was so moved by that I wrote a poem about it; it was several verses, so
I'll just quote the last one, as best as I can remember:
"And the pain that was caused,
Remains still unforgiven,
And while it's hell here on earth,
It must be Christmas in heaven."
For those who don't understand, what that means is that, while Heaven is supposed to be a
place where all happiness and joy is found, Linda must be so sweet that even the angels
there are so dazzled by her, so dazzled that all of Heaven can't keep from rejoicing at
Well, I hope this made sense, and I hope it's not too late.
Sir McCartney and family,
We would like to extend our most sincere condolences at the loss of your dear wife and
mother, Linda. Please know that we lift you all in our thoughts and prayers, and ask for
His blessings upon you. He blessed you to share life with her...... He gifted you with her
love. We hope you will take comfort as you think of her, of the love you made and
shared....yes, now through tears.......yet still the love and the joy of that love will
remain unchanged. And truly, that is the only thing that really means anything. Her own
life is so entwined with your those of your own, that is what makes a family; the love,
the hope and dreams shared; that will never end, it will never leave you. Take good care
of each other, dear hearts. Know that our family, just one of many families around the
world to be sure; sends its prayers and thoughts and its love to you all.
"And now these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these
1 Corinthians 13:13
Our deepest sympathy,
Wendy and family
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