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I just read on Facebook through Paul Gordon that Rachel Wild (Aldo Colombini's widow) has died. There is no more information at this time. 

RIP Rachel...

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Very sad.  She was a lovely person and they always appeared to be so happy together.
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Four years ago, Aldo lectured at the MAES convention in Philly.  I walked into the hotel bar and saw the two of them sitting there, enjoying the moment.  

This is the photo I captured.

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Bad and very sad news. I haven't seen Rachel for years, but did see her regularly when she lived over Manchester way and her name was Fenton.
My abiding memory of her is in the Magick Shoppe in Sheffield. We (a group of us) were stood around gabbing, when for some reason she decided to stand on her head. Fun times...

This however, is baffling...

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=649295&forum=36
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Such sad news [frown]

I imagine a lovely reunion with Aldo. No more sickness, no more death.

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Very sad news, but thank you for the notification.
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A photo from 2007
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I am so sorry to hear that.  What a wonderful couple in magic!  Aldo once sent me an explanation of a card trick that he simply just gave away to me... typing out the presentation from memory.  Not apparently in any of his works.  Said he learned it as a boy.  Very kind and Rachel too!  Bless their family.


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Rachel's ex-husband, Tom Jones died not long ago as well. Sad times. It was strange to come to 4F some years back and find Rachel with Aldo instead of Tom after seeing Rachel and Tom for a number of years.

Life goes on.

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I'm really sorry to learn that Tom has also passed on.  I didn't know about that (although I now see his name is listed in the "In Memory of ..." section of this year's 4F program).

Too many lights going out.  Sad times indeed.
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Just to let people know, Rachel's family in the UK has no official information on her passing, except Facebook.  They've been trying to find out, to no avail.
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This was posted on Facebook by Maria Ibanez, a close friend of Rachel's:

"Greetings everyone, I have had numerous texts and emails asking what I know anout RACHEL COLOMBINI. Rachel was in touch with me by phone until the very last days. She had been living in Spain for a while but decided to go back to England once she was told there was nothing more medical science could do for her.
I can promise you that Rachel was very much loved and worshipped by the person who was taking care of her and who had her in paliative care at home so she would be peaceful.
Rachel spoke lovingly of "the love of her life, Aldo" and said she was OK with her fate because she had been blessed with a full and rich life.
She thanked me for all the help, for having had her and Aldo at our home when she had a pic line, etc. She and I spoke about many personal and private things to her.
It was her wish that I not tell anyone about her condition and I respected her wishes for the most part. I did share the information privately with two people who absolutely needed to know and Rachel was OK with that.
Please understand....Rachel was my friend. We loved her and Aldo as family. We stayed in each others homes and shared good and bad times. I loved her enough to respect her wishes."

Later, she posted...

"ABOUT RACHEL COLOMBINI.....
Please read this!!!
Her passing has not been confirmed by me by my post! Her time was very short, she was in home hospice and peaceful. We have not been able to reach her for 3 months. Her phone is no longer working. Again I say I am not confirming her passing nor am I denying it....all I am giving you is the information I had.... her time was short, medical science could do no more, she was very weak and in home hospice. She did not want me to say anything to anyone!"

So I guess we could wait and see if this information about Rachel's passing is confirmed or (hopefully) denied...


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Apparently Rachel is still alive. Paul Gordon says he spoke to her today at the 2018 Blackpool Convention.

Sad/happy: I just spent a few hours chatting with Rachel Colombini (my friend Aldo's widow.) We chatted a lot about Aldo.
She's very poorly and it was an emotional evening
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So, the news of her death and the news she is still alive come from the same source, Paul Gordon. Great to read she is still alive but too bad she is not doing so well financially.
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And if you follow Paul Gordon on Facebook, he just posted a picture with Rachel. Great to see her still around... 

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"This photo may surprise a lot of you...but, not as much as seeing her surprised me. A very sad/happy moment. We spent a couple of hours chatting about the big man who we both miss." 
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