To the Editor:
I am writing to express my deepest and heartfelt gratitude to so many friends, colleagues, citizens of Newton and beyond, for the outpouring of sympathy and support for me, my children and grandchildren, due to the unexpected loss of my dear and loving husband, Nasir A. Khan, M.D. on April 9, 2014.
I want to especially thank all who attended our special celebration of Nasir’s life on April 17, 2014 at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre, joined us at the reception after the service at the Windsor Club in Waban or paid their respects at my home on Thursday and Friday evenings following our tribute. We also want to thank so many who have phoned, sent special gifts, cards, and thoughts that continue to come in every day. It has been a humbling experience and I hope to respond to each and every one of you personally in the weeks ahead.
My family and I want to take this opportunity to thank Sean Witty, Senior Minister of the First Baptist Church, Newton Centre; Rabbi Frank Waldorf, who conducted the service; the Sacred Heart Parish, Newton Centre; William Barry Gault, M.D. who gave a wonderful tribute; as well as Adrienne Hartzell of the New Philharmonia Orchestra and Newton Cultural Alliance; and Sachiko Isihara of the Suzuki School of Newton for their support and musical contributions at the memorial service and reception.
In addition, we would also like to express our deep appreciation to Mayor Setti Warren and officials at Newton City Hall; Chief of Police Howard Mintz and the Newton Police Department; the Newton Fire Department; Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and his office; District Attorney Marian Ryan and her office; the Massachusetts State Police; Treasurer Steve Grossman; my Newton colleagues Representative Ruth Balser and Senator Cynthia Creem; so many current and former elected officials from the Board of Aldermen and the School Committee, and the former Mayors of the city of Newton.
We are also grateful for the outpouring of support from the Democratic City Committee, particularly its chair, Martina Jackson. I was touched to receive visits from U.S. Senator Ed Markey and Congresswoman Katherine Clark at my home; and deeply honored by the presence of Robert A. DeLeo, Speaker of the House, and so many of my current and former colleagues and staff from the Massachusetts Legislature.
This is a very difficult time for my family, and me but our wonderful memories and your kind thoughts will help us move forward as time passes. We are so grateful we live in such a caring community.
Kay Khan and family of Nasir A. Khan
Newton, MA 02462