Goodbye, Vlad

By Johna Till Johnson

I’m terribly sorry to have to report that my best friend, paddle partner, husband, and love, Vladimir Brezina, died  Tuesday, December 13, at 7:20 PM, after surviving for 2.5 years with cancer.

My heart breaks, and a light has gone out in the world. But I have vowed to embody Vlad’s spirit of generosity, love of adventure and exploration, and appreciation of beauty in all forms. It will never be the same without him, but what he gave to the world will live on.

I plan to post a proper obituary in the days (maybe weeks) to come. And I plan to continue WindAgainstCurrent, but alas the quality of the photography will never be the same, as I don’t have Vlad’s brilliant eye and editing patience.


Vladimir Brezina 6/1/58-12/13/16

135 responses to “Goodbye, Vlad

  1. Johna Till Johnson

    Okay, Harry, you accomplished the impossible: On a day when I’m feeling sad and desolate, you made me laugh! What a lovely story.

    “Vlad and I looked at each other and promptly went down to the banks of the Rhine…” Yes, that was so very Vlad! I am so glad you have such a lovely memory (of the sun, and barges, and Koelsch beer as well as of Vlad!) and thank you for sharing it!

    He had a long history of skipping talks he thought would be boring or valueless, and replacing them with adventures: Skiing, hiking, kayaking… or just drinking beer in the sunshine and talking about nothing and everything.

    Thank you for posting. Let me know when you’re in NYC the next time!


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