The sad news was announced on the Facebook social network by the brother of the deceased, Valdas Samkus, president of the “Barzdų klubus”, who published a sensitive letter.
“My hand is shaking. The body, like the trunk of a hollow lonely oak tree, is full of cold echoing wind. I fell asleep at night anxiously delaying my sleep and my dreams. Before sinking into them, seeing his face during our different encounters. I tried to remember if I had seen him bilious, angry, cold or unbrotherly. There were no such dark moments.
I only remember bits and pieces: when he was worried; I remember when there was irritation, as is usual in the blood of our family; when burst, but so funny stupid at the board game. On my mom’s anniversary when I missed his clues in the code names game while on his team. Such a trivial anger, but so short.
“Hedgehog, tank, scrap” – anecdote 3.
We have been waiting for the plane that will take us back in time for the second day. But not fast enough to go back to where our hearts can’t catch up. We still won’t reach the minute where we can say, touch. But he has looked into all of our hearts before. And it will remain here forever after enriching them.
When we were young, we took turns washing the dishes on the green street.
– Today is your turn!! – while eating kugel or chenak, I mumbled under my breath. It took extra time to clean these dishes.
And it didn’t matter who had to wash the dishes, we both did it with our heads in the cupboard. Later in my life, cleaning the dishes became like a calming practice. The sight of a fork or teacup left in the sink makes your blood boil. I don’t know, like a sister, maybe similar.
And it’s so hard to believe. It is hard to physically feel that a huge part of our life is gone. It’s gone, but there’s only a tongue in the distance. A familiar tune will play or his daughter will say hello. When we meet people who knew him or at least once communicated with him.
And again, the scumbag chose the wrong decision. I should have rushed to him instead of finishing the Camino. And as I walked that path, I trembled daily at the error of my choices. A hole through the ages, although it is filled daily with new miracles and signs.
All that remains is to write it down. Write down this distinguished and honorable journey of the spirit, if only words can fit it,” V. Samkus wrote on the social network.
A few days before his brother’s death, A. Samkus reported that his brother did not have much time left to live.
“The journey of the swashbuckler is coming to an end. My family and I are traveling to visit my brother. We are flying 02-01 Vilnius-NYC”, V.Samkus wrote.
The family of Antanas Samkaus asked the public for help
The news portal tv3.lt reminds that back in the summer, the brother of A. Samkaus appealed to the public, asking for help in the recovery of the 38-year-old man suffering from the disease.
“Brother Antanas was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Its most bitter form is in the liver and pancreas. And many say that “this is not a verdict” and I pray with all my heart that at least this time this fabricated folklore will be true”, V. Samkus wrote at the time.
Support for Antanas was collected on the “gofundme” platform.
Antanas Samkus with his family
Antanas Samkus with his family
A daughter was left without her father
Antanas and his wife Grace raised their daughter Ula, who was born in January 2023. Three months after the birth of the first child, the husband was diagnosed with stage four cancer.
According to the “gofundme” platform, at the start of the treatment, Antanas was given a prognosis of one year, in the summer doctors predicted just nine months.