Day 51. 102,650 words.
For as long as I can remember, Laurie and his family have been a part of my circle of friends. That’s because he was a lifelong mate of my dad’s, so when my dad had kids and Laurie and his wife had kids, we all became friends too.
I was even their brother, for a few weeks, back when my parents were vacationing and I lived with Laurie and his family so I could get to school. I still remember those weeks, and how much I enjoyed it. I remember I even went up a level in maths. This probably wasn’t specifically because of the fact that I was staying with these friends, but I’ve always connected the two things in my mind. Silly.
Anyway, they’re a wonderful group of people and I’ll always cherish my memories of our times together. Laurie and my dad would go surfing or fishing, and we kids would play on the beach. When I was in high school, we were neighbours for a while. I’ll always remember Laurie as a cheerful, lovable, positive presence in our lives. He was just a really great guy.
For the past couple of years he’s been battling cancer, and on Saturday night his battle ended.
I was glad to have had a chance to see him and talk with him on our recent trip, and to see that he was more or less his old self – with occasional understandable drifting – right up to the end. It was good to see his smile one more time.
I’m going to miss him, miss knowing that he’s there for my dad. And I can’t imagine how he’s going to be missed by his family. Pete, Cy, Soph, Nat – I’m so sorry for your loss.
That’s all for today.