Hræfn was a member of the Orders of the Pelican and the Leaf of Merit of the West Kingdom, and held several honors from the Barony of Darkwood.
From a posting on SCA-West, June 14, 2014:
"With heavy heart and many tears, it is our sad duty to announce the passing of Master Hræfn fram Lindune, aka Jeremy Hertzberg, yesterday evening in Monterey, California.
Hræfn has been such a pivotal and unforgettable part of the MdR and Darkwood families for so long that his absence is almost inconceivable. We cannot even begin to imagine the depth of this loss for his wife and family and our hearts go out to them.
More information on a celebration of life will be forthcoming as details are arranged." -- Morgana di Marco Vecchietti
Ah, no, another friend gone . . .
Hræfn was one of the first people I met in the SCA. An extremely nice person, and very intelligent. He was one of those people you like and feel at home with right off the bat. My daughter Cassandra and I were at our first tentative SCA event, feeling like outsiders -- and then Hræfn, Caterina, and Na'arah dragged us out to dinner and sort of adopted us. Suddenly we weren't outsiders any more, but family, and it was the beginning of some wonderful friendships.
Later, when as Bard of the Oaks I called Darkwood "the home of my heart", Hræfn was one of the people who made me feel that way about it. When he was going to be Pelled, he asked me if I could supply some choir music for the ceremony, and I felt so happy and honored to be part of his Big Day. While the Darkwood Choir was still going, we often practiced at Hræfn and Caterina's home, and I could go chat with him for a few minutes while he worked on one of his projects out in the garage. Then I was mostly away from the SCA for a few years and didn't see him much, and now he is gone . . .
We always think there is going to be more time. We may be parted from friends and family, even guiltily neglect them, because we know they will still be there, and we can see them again, and catch it all up, and everything will be fine. Then suddenly they are gone, and it's too late, forever. Unbelievably, the world still turns, the mountains still stand, and people tell us "Life goes on." But we know it doesn't, not really, not the same as before -- because part of the world is missing now.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine: et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescat in pace, Hræfn my friend. -John Rossignol
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