I’m very upset and I feel like crying. It’s hard to understand how a man I never met could have had such an impact on my life. It’s more than just the “things” he left behind. It’s something else and I don’t know how to explain it except to say that I am very sad and I have a lump in my throat and I’m trying not to cry.
I think about the last public appearances he made and how frail he looked. My wife said “he must be near the end” and even though I knew it I couldn’t really comprehend the passing a a man so great, so present in my life and so far away at the same time.
He must have been a wonderful father and an incredible husband and this also makes me sad. I’m sitting at my desk holding back tears and his family must be absolutely beside themselves. My thoughts and feelings are with them and I hope that in some way the legacy he leaves will comfort them.