RIP Jon Swift aka Al Weisel

I’ve just learned the sad news that “The great Jon Swift has died”:

In reality, the voice of Jon Swift – the hilarious faux conservative blogger whose talent and passion were evident in every post – belonged to Al Weisel…

Al was on the way to his father’s funeral in Virginia when he suffered a sudden aortic aneurysm and underwent several surgeries in an attempt to save his life. Sadly, they did not succeed.

Heartbreakingly, Al’s mother has posted this comment to the Jon Swift blog, unmasking the true identify of her brilliant son – and yes, he was a blogging super-hero to many of us.

I don’t know how else to tell you all who love this blog. I am Jon Swift’s Mom and I guess I’m going to OUT him. He was Al Weisel, my beloved son. Al was on his way to his father’s funeral in VA when he suffered 2 aortic aneurysms, a leaky aortic valve and an aortic artery dissection from his heart to his pelvis. He had 3 major surgeries within 24 hours and sometime during those surgeries also suffered a severe stroke. We, his 2 sisters, his brother, his partner and his best friend since he was 9 years old were with him as he took his last breath. We have all lost a shining start who warmed our hearts, tormented us and made us laugh as he giggled at our pulling something over on us. He passed away on February 27, 2010. My beloved child will live on in so many hearts. I miss him more than I can say. If you are on Facebook, go to organizations and join “Friends of Al Weisel, Unite!” It will give you just a taste of how special he was. Farewell, Jon (Al)

In January 2008 Jon Swift helped me with a campaign on BlogAds that was used to support and drive traffic to some of the smaller blogs in the liberal blog world. We stirred a little controversy when I used a Goldberg Kitty that was posted on Jon’s blog, in the ad. The Goldberg Kitty unfortunately offended some with reason and we swiftly substituted the Goldberg Kitty with a Tree Hugger Kitty.

Jon’s blog had been silent for just about a year now. He was already missed among his peers. He played a major part in Blogroll Amnesty Day yearly, as Skippy reminds us all in his heartfelt memorial.

Bloggers around the sphere are all chiming in on the loss of a dear friend here in the blog world including: blue gal; drinking liberally in new milford; john cole @ balloon juice; mad kane; maryscott o’connor @ my left wing; oliver willis; jill @ brilliant @ breakfast; sadly, no!; michael j.w. stickings; simply left behind; mock paper scissors; distributorcap; blue girl @ blue girl in a red state; glenn reynolds @ instapundit; melissa mcewan @ shakespeare’s sister; instaputz; libby spencer @ the impolitic; kevin k. @ rumproast; kathy kattenburg @ the moderate voice; kathleen maher @ diary of a heretic; mike the mad biologist; bark bark woof woof; jill @ feministe; vast left @ corrente; man eegee; steve hynd @ newshoggers; chuck for…; attaturk @ rising hegemon; the mahablog; and james wolcott.

Rest in Peace Jon (Al) your irreverant humor will be missed by so many including his many fans and readers for the countless articles he wrote in his real life career as a freelance journalist: Al Weisel.

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About Pamela Leavey

Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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3 Responses to RIP Jon Swift aka Al Weisel

  1. Pingback: American Street » Blog Archive » I get angry whenever decent people die and why did Al Weisel have to go?

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    I learn things here that just are available nowhere else. Thanks Pamela.

  3. Darrell

    Jon/Al was a great blogger/writer… he passed too early.