A expat friend of mine died in Russia…

I found out this weekend that a blogging friend of mine died last week. He had a very good blog, and I enjoyed his posts tremendously. He went silent in September and I attributed it to his heart issues, but not to death, for he had last year had surgery and was doing better… (At least he said he was!)

Robert MacDonald lived in Russia at least 14 years, was 71 years old at time of death, had a wonderful Russian wife and he was endeared to the Russian dacha that they had. He was able to spend one last summer in their dacha and I know that meant a lot to him.  He was analytical to a fault and detailed to perfection and found Russia a place of interesting contrasts…

In his words; “St Petersburg, Leningrad oblast, RussiaScottish parents… US Navy sailor, NJ teacher, insurance agency owner… expatriate since 2000.”

This is what I wrote about him, many years ago (http://windowstorussia.com/thoughts-from-russia-with-coffee.html)…

That settled I thought about a very good article that I read yesterday. It was about the doctor care in Russia. It was called, Limitations of Russian Medical Care by American Russia Observations Blog…

Robert MacDonald the owner of the blog has a flare for much detail that I really like. He has lived in Russia a long time and I only hope that I may live here that long also…

The article caught my interest because I have much of the same experience as he does with Russian medical care and I, much like him, have had good experiences with Russian medical care and doctors…

His blog reminds me that, No it is not a perfect world but with the right attitude you come to an understanding that not all glitters with gold in America and not all is dirt in Russia…

I will miss his writings, for I saw a man who succeeded in Russia, while having some serious issues back home in America. He had a wife who tried to live in America and that was a whole another issue in itself, You need to read his blog, for it tells the trials and tribulations of an American that found a good home in Russia…

Rest in Peace: Robert MacDonald and may his wife Larissa be blessed for putting up with one of us unruly Americans…

Posted by Kyle Keeton
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A survivor of six heart attacks and a brain tumor, a grumpy bear of a man, who has declared Russia as his new and wonderful home (&) Honestly, I have no idea how much to ask for, but is a gift of even $1 something you'd be able to consider, to help keep Windows to Russia online in a Tiny Russian Village?