Friday, September 21, 2012

Goodnight Sweet Friend

Late last night I had received two calls about a friend of mine. I was saddened and shocked to learn another of my friends died Wednesday night. And only 33! The cause has not been revealed yet, and he was discovered by his room mate. Kyle was in top form, hardly ever sick,and was very active, enjoying sports up in the Big Apple. Kyle Spidle was a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, like myself, it's where we first met. Kyle was also a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Since his graduation, he has been involved in theater throughout NYC. During his last semester at The Academy, Kyle started writing his own works and has penned over six original plays and was working on many more. His love for the art of the theater kept him inspired to act, write, direct and produce new and original works that are intended to incite thought and feeling within the audience. He didn't become involved in acting until 2004, which is when he realized that performing was his passion, and he moved to the Big Apple to pursue that career and did it. He starred in the play Fallen, which he also wrote and starred in the movie, Half Share, a movie created by Jessie Archer. But one of his favorite parts was playing Stanley in Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams. And in amongst all that, he was a very popular bartender in the Village at the legendary, Monster. Doesn't surprise me though, as Kyle was a very sweet, kind and a welcoming person.
 
I can still remember my first encounter meeting him. We met through Phoebe Snow, a friend from  Harrisburg. While out one night, her and I got a wee bit drunk. She later introduced me to Kyle who was cute as a button! And so sweet. We had a great time out, and he later offered to drive my car back to Phoebe's house all together since he wasn't drinking. We got to Phoebe's place, and went swimming in her gorgeous pool, and then the three of us just sat talking for hours about anything and everything under a beautiful summer sky. After a while Kyle went to shower and then said he was going to make us all breakfast. Phoebe calls for me later to come in the house, so I went in to find Kyle cooking in just a towel wrapped around his waist. Mind ya, the boy was build like a brick house. He was cooking up eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, potatoes, coffee, it was a Golden Girls moment. And every time he flipped the pancakes in the skillet his muscles would pop, sending me into over dramatics. I pretended  I was fainting, and would fan myself with my wicker fan that looked like a palm leaf-it went everywhere with me!!!!!Good times! After that he said he knew I was going to be a hand full! He hung out with us almost every week after that, with our group, and came to all the soirees. Eventually Phoebe moved to California. Two years later I left Harrisburg for greener pastures with the Boy-Toy to Philadelphia, and Kyle followed suit two years later to New York City. We still kept in touch, and I would stop to see him in the city every once in a while. I also found out he even worked with my good friend and sister, Mame, aka David Dust's restaurant. Kyle was very handsome, and some thought intimidating to approach, but he was one of the nicest, sweetest and gentle souls one could know, no big ego or snottiness here, he welcomed everybody. And whilst there were lots of good times, my first encounter will be the one I will always remember, under what was one of the most perfect star filled summer skies.

 
Good night to our sweet friend, Kyle Spidle 1977-2012.



**** I was going to close comments, but since some mutual friends will be reading this, and not knowing of after life arrangements yet, I have decided to keep them open for y'all, if you want to add any thoughts or memories.

28 comments:

  1. My only thought is sadness.
    I'm so sorry to hear this.

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  2. Kyle worked at my restaurant for a while and he was a TOTAL sweetheart.

    Rest in peace.

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  3. I'm so sorry to hear this...
    May he rest in peace
    & you take heart.
    w

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  4. Sorry to hear about your friend, Mistress. So young and such a tragic loss.

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  5. How very sad, that his time here has passed so quickly - your eulogy was beautiful and very moving.

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  6. I'm so sorry to hear about this. RIP Kyle and hugs to you, Mistress. I know this has to be really tough.

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  7. What a handsome young man. And such sorrow. That is way to young to be taken.

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  8. I am still in shock. I just saw this on Facebook. I clearly remember how nice he was to everyone.

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  9. A beautiful post/tribute... My Deepest Condolences.

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  10. My thoughts go to all his friends and family. RIP Kyle. As tears run down I remember a good friend of mine who also left in his 30's, he to a amazing guy that touched so many lifes as Kyle did to people in his life, it seems unfair that the most beautiful things you find thru your life only last but for a moment.

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  11. I knew Kyle mainly as his Stage Manager at the Academy, but since I lived in the Village and he worked the bars in the area, I often ran into him. He remained as friendly and open as I always remembered. What a sad shock. Bless you, Kyle for all the Love you shared with the world. Rest now...

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  12. I knew Kyle mainly as his Stage Manager at the Academy, but since I lived in the Village and he worked the bars in the area, I often ran into him. He remained as friendly and open as I always remembered. What a sad shock. Bless you, Kyle for all the Love you shared with the world. Rest now...

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  13. Life can be so mind boggling sometimes.
    Sending you a big hug, dear!
    xxx
    -Jon

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  14. It so not fair when life is taken so early on. I guess we except it when the person is older, but at such an early age, so much to do yet, it isn't fair. My thoughts to all!

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  15. What a great story you have to share and you'll always have that! My thoughts go to his family and all who knew him.

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  16. We were all saddened to hear the loss of one of our members of the Gotham family, Kyle Spidle. Many of us have come to know Kyle over the last few years, maybe even been lucky enough to be his teammate in Gotham or NAGVA. He was a kind, friendly, and fun person with a smile that brightened a room and a hug that warmed your soul. His sudden death is a shock to us. He will be truly missed.

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  17. Thank you for not closing the comments. I knew Kyle from around the Village and bartending, and he was always such a nice guy, talked to everybody and even if he didnt have a chance to talk always gave a smile. I will make a Shema on his and all's behalf!

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  18. Misress even during a time of sorrow you can make me smile with your first meeting of Kyle. I never knew him but my thoughts go to all who did. Sounds like quite a nice guy.

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  19. Kyle Put me in my first off Broadway Play. It was In These Shoes. I played his mother although only 10 years older then him and he gave me the opportunity and for 2 seasons. He is and will always be the most wonderful director, writer and actor I have ever known. I will be using one of the monologues he wrote for me in Shoes at all my auditions from here on out. I feel his angel wings. RIP Kyle. You are beautiful and will be sooo missed

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    1. Dear Anon, what a touching story, thank you so much for sharing it.

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  20. RIP Kyle :') u were, in one word, amazing!

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  21. Such sad news Mistress. It's so sad. He was only 33, and sounds like he truly was coming in to the prime of his career. My condolences to all.

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    1. He was born in February 1980, which made him 32 years old.

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  22. RIP Kyle. He will be missed by many, including me. I cried when I heard this. He truly was a great person/actor/friend.

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  23. Such A sad thing to hear. And at such an age to have done so much. But you have a great story on how you met.

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  24. My sincere thoughts go to you and all who lost such a wonderful person to know. Sounds like quite a nice unique guy.

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