On Thursday, August 13, a Celebration of Doug Roskelley, co-owner and winemaker of Tero Estates, was held via Zoom. The event was organized by Jodi Rozonowski, general manager of TR Wines. At 3:00 p.m., the virtual event went live on the internet. Lynn and I saw 5 frames off 25 participants on our computer screen. Jodi started off the celebration with Jan Roskelley, Doug's wife. Tributes were made, including Barb Nordin, neighbor of the Roskelley's in Woodinville 30 years ago.
In recognition of Doug's love for chamber music, especially that of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival, a Mahler composition was played by 18 musicians. Then more tributes were made, including that of Mike Tembruell, partner in Tero Estates who described Doug as a visionary of many talents, as a builder, architect, winemaker and more. Then there was a slide show of many pictures of Doug - in the winery and vineyard, at Chamber Music events, with Jan and with their son, Kyle, and more, including one of Doug holding our Bengal cat, Harlow, and one of Doug and me with cigars. Doug was so beloved by so many friends.
Another chamber music composition, by Tchaikovsky, was played and then the Walla Walla Chamber Festival director, Timothy Christie praised Doug for his and Jan's support since the founding in 2007, including hosting recitals at Tero Estates, dinners and more. More tributes followed, and then Jan and Jodi wrapped up the celebration with a heartfelt thanks to all.
Lynn sent the following email to Jodi, Jan and Tim:
What a perfectly orchestrated virtual Celebration of Life it was for Doug. The program was perfect and those who spoke including you and Jan provided insights into Doug's remarkable personality. He, as many voiced, was a bigger-than-life individual - brilliant, highly capable in so many endeavors through his life, and beloved by anyone who ever met him.
Tim: You and your musicians were astounding. How you brought 16-18 for your finest playing together in sync from their living rooms was quite miraculous. The selections were lovely.
We will never forget the many wonderful TERO Estates gatherings over the past 12 years."
For more about Doug, see the blog posting of 25 July, 2020 below.