Antanas Samkus, the famous “Absinthe Fairies” bartender, died after a serious illness

Antanas Samkus, the famous “Absinthe Fairies” bartender, died after a serious illness
Antanas Samkus, the famous “Absinthe Fairies” bartender, died after a serious illness

The husband’s brother Valdas Samkus shared the unexpected news on his Facebook account.

“The hand trembles, the body, like the trunk of a hollow lonely oak, is full of cold echoing wind. I fell asleep restlessly at night, delaying my sleep and 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 remember only the crumbs: when he was worried, when he was upset, as is usual for our family blood, when he broke out, but so ridiculously stupidly at the board game. On my mom’s anniversary when I missed his clues in Codenames when I was 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! – I mumbled under my breath while eating a kugel or chenak. 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. To write out this distinguished and honorable journey of the spirit, if only words can contain it,” V. Samkus announced about his brother’s death.

Delphi reminds that more than a year ago, support was collected for Antanas and his family on the “gofundme” platform. The fundraiser was for a man diagnosed with stage four cancer.

“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 sentence” and I pray with all my heart that at least this time this fabricated folklore will be true”, wrote the man’s brother Valdas a year ago and shared a support link.

A. Samkai used to be recognized by many from the once famous bar-night club “Absent fēios” in Vilnius. He worked there as a bartender and quickly became famous.

However, after some time, the man decided to continue his career in New York. Where he met his wife Grace. They had a daughter last year.

The article is in Lithuanian

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