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November 2, 2007

LOCKPORT: Author finds special memories ease loss

Susan Jones has no writing experience, no publisher, no publicity and isn’t trying to become famous.

Not usually what a new author would say, but Jones’ writing has a different purpose. Her first book, “Until We Meet Again” is about a grandfather and a grandson who have a special relationship. However, the two only have short time together, and the boy learns that memories can be created at any time and last forever. The book is an insight on how to deal with the loss of a loved one through memories.

“I’m not doing this for me,” the author said. “It’s not self-serving. It’s my way of giving back.”

Jones is writing from experience. After losing both of her parents, Jones lost a close friend to pancreatic cancer in 2001. Barbara Ennis lived in Lockport and with her husband, Tim, purchased Montondo’s Seafood in 1985. After she passed away, the local Barbara Ennis Foundation was formed. Tim Ennis was chairman of the board for PanCan, the national organization for Pancreatic Cancer last year, and is still an active board member.

The book is dedicated to Jones’ late father. Living in Connecticut, it was difficult for her to leave while her father was sick. So anytime she left, she gave him a special goodbye that later influenced the title of the book.

“One day as I stood at the foot of his bed, I looked up and said in a cheery voice, ‘Dad, until we meet again’ and he responded. And that became our monthly exchange instead of goodbye. It gave me the comfort to walk away and know that I would see him again either at home or in the next place,” Jones said. “The last weekend I saw my father, I did tie a red balloon to his bed telling him to let the balloon carry him home and not to be afraid. That Sunday, I returned to Connecticut and Monday morning I got the call from my sister, Molly, and I knew his journey home was a peaceful passing.”

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