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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Fellowship of Friends member may have taken his own life

[ed. - It is reported that 30-year Fellowship of Friends member, and Renaissance Vineyard and Winery official, Ronald Payton took his own life, by asphyxiation at his home in Oregon House. Note: "completed his task" is a euphemism for death, reserved only for Fellowship members in good standing.]

From the Fellowship's Elysian Society website:
Dear Friends Around the World,

Ronald Payton, a beloved member of the Fellowship, completed his task on October 30, 2005. On November 1 he would have celebrated his 30th anniversary in our school.

Ronald was a member of the Isis center. His 59th birthday was Saturday.

On behalf of all who knew you, we thank thee.

In Presence,

Linda Tulisso [Linda Kaplan], Isis

From Omar Khayyam:

Ah, fill the Cup:–what boots it to repeat How Time is slipping underneath our Feet: Unborn TO-MORROW and dead YESTERDAY, Why fret about them if TO-DAY be sweet!

[ed. - PDF link mistakenly leads to Roger Cavanna Memorial Service. The Appeal-Democrat offered the following brief statement.]
Ronald Abbott Payton, 59, of Oregon House died Oct. 30, 2005, at his residence.

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