Late last week our dear friend, poetry editor, and co-founder of Stoneboat, Lisa Vihos, experienced the passing of her father, Georg Vihos. While I never had a chance to meet her father, I do feel that I know him intimately, not only through Lisa’s ever-kind words about him, but simply by knowing Lisa—her passion for the arts, her desire to help those in need, her integrity as a human being, and the humble nature she exhibits.
Family carries the spirit, and Lisa carries Georg’s spirit with grace and dignity. A daughter, I’m sure, who any father would be proud of. Whether she’s leading events to promote the arts in our community, rallying to help those in need, quietly sitting in her home creating beautiful art of her own, or simply listening, as so often she does, to a friend who needs a kind soul, Georg will always be there.
I’m reminded of the words written by Clarence Budington Kelland: “My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Seeing how Lisa lives, I know that Georg Vihos was a great man—an outstanding example to a daughter.
Our sympathies go out to Lisa and her family during this time of transition. I avoid the word loss simply because Georg Vihos lived, and the world is a little better place because of that. A world without Georg Vihos would have been a true loss.
Details of Georg’s service of remembrance can be found at the following link: