Tuesday, March 18, 2008

"There are some who bring a light so great to the world that even after they have gone, the light remains."

Today Mike is heading to Fargo to attend a memorial service and funeral for his former boss, mentor, and dear friend, David Kane. David had been having health issues, and was scheduled for a heart transplant on March 12th here at the U of M. Sadly, he suffered a major stroke on the 10th, and did not recover.

He was a monumental man, and touched so very many lives. Mike was privileged to work for him for many years, both while in college and after graduation. He learned so very much from this great man, not only about the insurance business, but about life itself. He was such an enormous presence, it is hard to believe that he was not immortal.

In fact, back in 1988, we came very close to leaving the cities and moving to Fargo, so Mike could become more involved in David's business. We decided not to pursue that path, who knows what our life would be like now if we had made a different decision. I would never have met many of the dear friends I have now.

I know that others of you have lost dear people in your lives around this time of year, and I am thinking of all of you today. The opening of this post is from a card I picked up a bit ago, and was saving for just the right person. It definitely applies to my dear Grandma Betty, who was buried on Easter weekend seven years ago. And this week, Mike can deliver it to David's family. Hugs to all of you today.

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