My dear friend and occasional blog contributor, Maria LoPresto, died last night. Details are few at this point but I am told she died in her sleep.
Besides being an avid Jimmy Buffet fan, Maria was a dyed-in-the-wool, true blue Democrat. She had been active in the YDs, even serving as a national committee-woman at one point. She worked tirelessly on campaigns at all levels – far too many for me to begin to list.
I’m not one to toss around casually the term “friend.” Maria was one of the few people I consider in that category. We could fuss and fight and still plan, as we were, to go to events together. Just yesterday, she texted me about the Shad Planking tickets. (I bought last year’s, she had bought this year’s.) Maria was fiercely loyal to her friends, and I’m proud to have been counted among them.
My heart goes out to Paul and to her brother and mother, especially at this time. Maria’s mother is quite ill; in fact, Maria had gone to Charlottesville to be with her mother in what is expected to be her final hours.
Rest in peace, dear friend. You will be sorely missed.