A Sad Goodbye to L.J. Heart [romanceworks]

June 22, 2006 3:28 pm

Tags: L.J. Heart, lj heart, Memorials, romanceworks

It is with a broken heart that I bring you the saddest news of my life. My beloved husband, creative partner, and soul mate, L.J. Heart, died very suddenly of heart failure on Saturday morning, June 17th. He was only 59, and had been healthy, active, and vibrant until his last moment. He passed away in bed beside me, the same bed that we married on almost thirty years ago.

LJ was the love of my life and we shared an amazing relationship on every level. I'm grateful for the passionate and special life I had with him, and so saddened that some of our dreams didn't come true. We were getting close to realizing our lifelong dream of finishing our Cavalaris & HEART Love & Music project, and were only two weeks away from completing our Worlds OnLine project that we had been developing for years. At least we were able to share this last year and a half in our dream home in the mountains. How we enjoyed that.

Our time together of creating art and products as romanceworks on Renderosity these past few years has been very special. We have met so many amazing artists and made so many friends. It has been a rare and extraordinary experience that I will cherish forever. LJ truly enjoyed viewing your work and reading your comments. I sincerely thank you all for sharing your art and your hearts with us.

-Carol Cavalaris.

(Contains Artistic Nudity)

We welcome the Renderosity community to post their farewell wishes and/or links to images that they have created in honor of LJ Heart.

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brat526 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I am so saddened to hear this. What a tragic loss for you. I know what being with your soulmate means and I cannot picture how heart breaking it would be to have mine torn from me. My heart felt sympathies.

Shardz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Dearest Carol, I am so utterly shocked and devastated to hear this very sad news today. I have had the honor of sharing your and L.J.'s amazing artwork and friendship since I have been a member here and I can truly say the both of you are and always will be a cornerstone of this fine community. I can only imagine the grief and feelings you are having at this time and I would like to convey my deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family in this time of loss. L.J.'s work and spirit will always be part of us here at Renderosity and most certainly will never be forgotten in any way. My heart, thoughts, and very best wishes are with you, Carol. Always know that we love you very much and are here for you when you need us. Please take care and keep the passionate spirit alive forever.

plassgard ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Now my English isnt the best but I will try express what I feel. This is a very sad loss...for Carol first of all, but also for us all. You 2 have been one of the reasons Ive browsed this gallery. Ive enjoyed every single picture youve done. All of your art have been special and filled with the most expressive and explosive feelings...LJ you will be missed, and Carol, all my love and care to you!

StudioDP ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Sad to hear!! I didn't know him personaly but on the photograph he looks like a friendly and nice person. Take care. wishes Maarten

LadyElf ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Carol, I am stunned...my heart goes out to you and I wish only comfort and happy memories. You will meet again, I'm sure. Deb

qmont ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Carol, I sent you a e-mail, cause I didn't know I could write here, I am so very sorry to hear of this, I want to send my condolences, to you and your family, and know I am with you in heart, I wish there was something i could do, you have always been a special friend to me here at RR.....Stay strong my friend.............Love and Hugs.......John

dolfijntjes ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

What a shock to hear this I'm so sorry to hear this sad news. I truly respect your beautiful words I can feel so much love in them. I wish you the strength to carry this.

graphixdezine ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I am sooo sooo very sorry for your loss Carol...my deepest condolances to you and your family. Neesa aka graphixdezine

richardson ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I'm compelled to say, even though we don't know each other that he could not have passed in a better way or in better arms. I dream of such comfort at my end. And with such a soul mate. Though I would prefer to out last her and spare her the burdon. As for you,, I know it will be a long time till some sense of normalcy returns. But it will return just like the dawn. You can count on it. Yours, richardson

Belladzines ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My sincerest condolences - just know that he will always be with you.

rhiafaery ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

oh......oh my gosh, Carol, I just have NO idea what to say. My heart is breaking for you. I know I haven't been around too much, but I am ALWAYS here if you need anything at ALL. My thoughts are with you. ((((softhugs))))

DarkStarRising ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Oh gosh, i just heard this news from dreamslayers, this is very very sad indeed. He will be sorely missed in this community, from his fine works to his products, gosh this is so sad. We, as in rosity, will be here for you, and you family, sending prayers for your loss, and to remember the good times. Maxine

Christel ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My deepest sympaty with LJ`s family and friends.. I did not know him personally, but his gallery shows a fantastic tallented artist.. This is so sad :o( Warm hugs Christel

Avalonne ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My dear sweet Carol....I can't even begin to tell you how sad I feel at this very moment...sad for you for your loss, and sad for us for our lost. This is such shocking news that I am having trouble absorbing it. It's like I see it in writing, but I can't fathom it. I don't know if that makes much sense to you, but please know this. You are in my heart, you are in my thoughts and you are in my prayers. Take care dear lady, and know that we have your back {{{{Hugs}}}}

cliff-dweller ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I, too, was shocked when I read this...my deepest sympathy to you, Carol. The artwork the two of you created together was filled with wonderment and a passion for life...it was always an inspiration to me, a level of skill & creativity I hope one day to achieve. Very sad news indeed...you'll be in my prayers...take care...

squeeka ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Carol, I'm in shock right now and words fail me except to say that you are in my thoughts and prayers and my sincerest condolences go out to you and the rest of your family in this time of loss. L.J. will be much missed by our community and please, as David says so beautifully, remember that we all do love you very much and are here for you if you ever need us. Please take care of yourself and know that he will be remembered always through the beautiful art and music and all the beautiful things you created together. huge hugglz jen

Forevernyt ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

You have my deepest sympathies at this sad time. I've sent you a PM.

Kinouk ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Oh Carol, My heart goes out to you. Know that I care deeply and I'm here for you!! With love and respect. Your friend

jjean21 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I am so saddend to hear of your loss Carol and my heart aches for you. The life you two shared and the memories you created together will always be a part of you and I hope they will bring you comfort and solice. My thoughts are with you.

LadyLisa ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My deepest condolences to you right now. At times like this it is hard to find words....please know we all are with you during this most difficult time.

ilona ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Some things are just unbelievable, and some not in the best way. And its in time like this one that we really feel how things are so uncertain and they never look as precious as when they are no more. I was lucky enough to work with you and L.G. and your love and joy in living was captivating in everyways. And will continue to be since the bond you have is unbreakable and endless. I wish I could say more but I cant find the words.. I cant find the feeling other than sadness for this huge loss. Hang in there Carol, even from a distance Im with you in heart.

Lyric_ ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Carol, My thoughts are with you in this very difficult time. L.J. will always be with you, some bonds can never be broken. In your art it was apparant the love you two shared and that love transcends everything. ~HUGS~

HauSiyoka ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Most dear Carol...My deepest and heartfelt sympathy for your loss...I hope you will continue to touch our lives with your visits..I appreciate all the inspirational comments from you both,that's kept me goin...You both remain a team and his spirit will continue to inspire those of us here at RO..With much love and warm hugs...Tee

Unicornst ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My deepest sympathies and heartfelt caring go out to you at this time.

Steak ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I am so saddened by this news Carol. It just doesn't make sense sometimes. Know in your heart that this whole community is beside you if we can be of any help at all. Jerry/Steak

-BrandyE- ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My deepest sympathies on your loss...The beauty that you created together and shared with us surely mirrored the beauty of the life and love you shared. I hadn't yet had the pleasure of getting to know you personally, but was always in awe at the wonderful works you created together...There was so much soul in them...My thoughts and prayers are with you....We never truly lose our soulmates, I believe that....God Bless

WorldbuilderMedia ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Carol I was shocked to read this, and my prayers and thoughts are with you. I hadn't talked with L.J. in a long, long time, but I will never forget his and your dedication to this community. It was a pleasure and an honor working with you and L.J. on the Primal Render Rhythms and it was that project that inspired me to "come out of retirement" that year and back to Renderosity and this community. I cannot thank you both enough for that. L.J. will be truly missed here.

JLyons ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

My deepest condolences to you, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Angelwave ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

I'm truely sorry for your loss, but joyful of heavens gain. You 2 have encouraged me thru the darkness and I pray for you and LJ, may the light of God shine upon you now and forever. your friend Linda

Firebirdz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 22 June 2006

Carol, I was shocked when reading this. My heart goes out to you and you will be in my prayers.