Friday, December 16, 2011

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Just found out that a friend/colleague passed away suddenly.

I was an inexperienced attorney when I met him, and I learned a lot from him, even though we were always on the opposite sides of the table.  He wasn't an attorney, but in negotiations, he always represented his employer well.  He was never condescending, and even when his side held all the cards, he was always fair (even if I didn't agree with the result, I had to admit, it was fair).  And, when we held all the cards, he would be the first to admit it.  Of course, during those conflicts where there was no clear edge, even in the thick of the fight, he never played dirty.

He had retired several years ago, so we hadn't kept in touch as much as we should have. The last time we went out to lunch, he took me to a restaurant downtown, simply because I had once spoken about wanting to go there but had never had the chance.  There, we talked about his plans for the future, his business, and his family.  Then, we talked about what I was doing.  Even after retirement, he was always ready to help with a piece of advice or an answer to a question.

Not being one to stay still, he got himself a business partner and started another business.  This afternoon, my receptionist came into my office.

"There a man who's here to see you.  He says his name is ______."  

It's the business partner.  I wrapped up what I was doing and went to say hi.

"I have some bad news," he says...

Rest in peace, friend.

3 comments:

Rev. Paul said...

I'm sorry to hear about this.

Guffaw in AZ said...

I'm sorry or your loss.

Old NFO said...

Sorry for your loss, but his 'mentoring' will live on through you!