Exit, stage right

The last blog entry described a cardiaversion for a-fib, or atrial fibrillation, and the procedure worked for a couple of days until it didn’t. On May 7, Raleigh Mann, my dad, had a friend take him to the emergency department after a night of prolonged shortness of breath. That afternoon, he had a sudden-onset hemorrhagic stroke. Though he retained his cognition, he lost the use of his right side. The therapy would have been arduous, and his cardiothoracic health not up to it.

On May 13, Dad, my sisters and I, and the medical teams agreed that hospice was the right next step. By that evening, he was installed as a guest in the SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice House in Pittsboro. It was eminently fitting that he had been banking for decades with the SECU, or State Employees’ Credit Union, and that years ago he and Jim Bryan sang barbershop harmony together.

He made his exit quietly, comfortably, glad of the company of his family. He died in his sleep at 4:15 a.m. on May 19, at the age of 87, just three months shy of his birthday and his sixtieth anniversary.

His memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Chapel Hill. Blog readers may make donations to the choral ministry of the church or to the Raleigh Mann Scholarship Fund (#242843-J0037) at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media Foundation Endowment at Campus Box 3365, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-3365.

I will close with the old newspaper journalism symbol for “end of story.”


4 thoughts on “Exit, stage right

  1. I am deeply sorry to hear this news. Despite the distance we laughed often about times spent with all of you. He will be missed.


  2. Thank you, and much love to you all. -30- indicates end of Raleigh’s Musings blog, but it’s certainly not end of story for Raleigh! He touched so many, and his legacy will continue to do so. In that respect, he did exit stage right, but I envision him standing in the wings cheering the rest of us on!


  3. -30- indicates end of story for Raleigh’s Musings, but not for Raleigh himself. His legacy lives on in those he touched. He may have exited stage right, but I envision him standing in the wings cheering on the rest of us. His absence hit us hard at choir last night, especially seeing his name on the sign-out sheet, and no one reaching for folder #22.


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