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I first met Ned Blitvich in the tiny town of Ston, Croatia in October 2008. (Seen here, Ned atop the 14th century wall fortifications in Ston.) Ned, who spent half his year in Croatia and half at home with his wife in Temecula, CA, passed away last week, rather unexpectedly. He was the father of one of our stateside friends & we were lucky enough to spend a day with him in his hometown in Croatia last fall. He was incredibly friendly, generous to a fault, quick with an Old World wit, and one of the kindest souls I’ve ever had the honor of coming across. We spent an afternoon hiking the walls of Ston, drinking his powerful homebrewed wine, and gorging ourselves on his homegrown figs, which remain the best I’ve ever tasted. When we were soaked in wine & cutting things close in catching our bus back to Dubrovnik that afternoon, Ned drove us at breakneck speed down his winding, seaside road to the “highway” where the bus would stop. “Oh, Jesus! Oh, Jesus! You gonna jump out, okay?!”, he said as he skidded to a stop in the roadside gravel. I jumped out, flagged the bus, & made it in time, all due to Ned’s superior pickup truck-driving skills. Just one of those days in life that you will never forget, you know?

To say that he will simply be missed would be a grave understatement.

*To see more pictures of Ned and Ston, Croatia, check out my Picasa site. Thanks.


3 comments on “Ned

  1. Corey Wilde
    December 14, 2009

    Godspeed, Ned. Wish I could have known you.

  2. Anonymous
    December 17, 2009

    Thank you Seth for the beautiful words about my father Ned. He was a wonderful man and I am so happy you had a chance to meet him in his homeland of Croatia and drink his wine and eat his figs. We all miss him dearly.

  3. Seth Marko
    December 18, 2009

    My pleasure, Stefanie – thank you for introducing me to him! I'm going to make an honest effort to live my life like he did his, at least a little bit.

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