Kenneth Wapnick Memorial Tributes

"From the heart, may it go to the heart."

The following tributes and expressions of gratitude were submitted to the Foundation following the death of Dr. Kenneth Wapnick. While Kenneth's physical presence is no longer with us, his wise, gentle, and loving spirit will forever remain with the Foundation, and with all those whose lives he touched.

February 22, 1942 – December 27, 2013

Memorial Tribute by


A perfect picture of what I can be
You show to me, that I might help renew
Your brothers' failing sight. As they look up
Let them not look on me, but only You.
("A Jesus Prayer," The Gifts of God , pg. 83)

Memorial Tribute by

Fulvio Merlino

Dear Ken,

It is the first time I write to you after your "passing." I'm translating your Absence from Felicity, I mean, I'm doing the first draft, then it will be thoroughly revised by Isabella and Patrizia. Sometimes I have doubts and think to ask you to dispel them; but then, in a split second, I know I can't send mails to you. Can I ask you all the same? Your words are in my mind. I remember when you called me baby, you started your mails or letters with Ciao baby. I knew I couldn't play games with you, and I think I can't play games with your words in my mind, your words are always in my mind and I feel blessed for this. Sometimes I feel lucky I have met you, and maybe I am. Your "passing" was heart breaking for me, I thought I had to tell you something but I couldn't. I read what other people wrote about you, and I found myself in most, if not all the thoughts being expressed. It's true you were (are) kind, humorous, supportive, always telling me: DON'T BE SERIOUS, BE GENTLE WITH YOURSELF! You always answered my letters and mails, even if I asked the silliest things, you always tried to change my mind pointing always to the OTHER REALITY. I started calling myself the "nuisance" and you answered: yes, our beloved nuisance.

My deepest regards to Gloria and the whole staff at the Foundation, and I wish all of you the best for Christmas and the forthcoming New Year.

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