January 30, 2014
Folk singer Judy Collins, a friend of Pete Seeger’s, posted on her Facebook page Tuesday that she sang at the legend’s bedside on his final day of life.
“Yesterday at Columbia Presbyterian, I sang to Pete, reminded him of the times we had together as his listened, his eyes closed, unable to speak to me, but holding my hand, and reaching for it again when I pulled away to wipe away my tears.
“I sang him ‘The Bells of Rhymney’ and reminded him that that song and the way he played it lured me from the six 12-string guitar — and spoke of times we have had in the 53 years we have been friends, since I saw him sleeping behind Harold’s couch in the office on 57th street his guitar stretched out on the floor beside him.
“Louis and I kissed him and blessed Tinya and Katama, who found us on my one day in New York and met us at the hospital to say our farewells. Great man, great soul.
“Thank you for being my friend all these years, and teaching me to listen for the stories and the hope, and to travel with music to heal and help me and everyone around me. Rest in Peace. Judy”