Sunday, December 06, 2009

say it ain't so

I learned on Friday that a friend of mine passed away. I consider myself lucky to have known Joe, and I am deeply saddened by his passing. He was one of the kindest, sweetest, most gentle people I've ever known. Although I did not see him everyday, bumping into him in the grocery store was always a treat. This year's fantasy baseball season is going to be a hard one: the draft has always been in his basement, and I can't imagine any of the guys getting through it, wherever they are, without a few tears being shed.

At the start of this week, our community lost another long time, beloved teacher. Many people had both these people as teachers, and we are no where near healed from the loss of the first giant to have the second follow so quickly. Death is a part of life, but it is never easy. My heart goes out to the family and friends of both Linda and Joe, and I hope our combined grieving helps everyone heal. But it's been a hard week, and I am heartbroken.


Nic said...

They were loved and respected and spent their lives fighting the good fight. I can't imagine a better legacy, but for the rest of us, the world is just a little bit darker today.
Farewell Obi-Joe. May the force be with you...always.

Meg said...

I can't even put into words the sorrow I feel at Joe's passing. He was a great man, and I mean that in every sense of the word. He will be deeply missed.