I haven’t written in a whole, and to those that were disappointed with the lack in posting, please accept my apology, I am sorry.
I’ve been putting off writing this because I was trying to find the “right” way to write this, but really, no words can truly describe the shock, confusion and sadness. Here it goes.
Last week was a difficult week for me, and many others I know, we lost a good man, a son, a father, a colleague, a friend, a teacher, a mentor.
He is a hero to me, a man who helped me out during tough times, who was understanding and caring. He motivated and inspired. He gave the best damn hugs in the world and had a smile that was infectious.
He helped me see the light when I needed it the most.
He understood, he cared and he helped.
I am very sure that my feelings of him are shared by many others, I only wish that our friendship could’ve been much more.
When I heard the news, I didn’t believe it, I told my friend not to kid about this and check his sources and told me not to get back to me until after my test… But I couldnt wait and called him an hour later, and it was confirmed, the world lost one of the Good Guys. My dear teacher was no longer with us.
I felt numb, confused and shocked. It wasn’t easy, the day was hard and I can’t imagine what the others closer to him must have been going through.
Mr. D, I will remember you for all that you taught me. The laughter, the motivation and hugs. I will always remember you for the person you encouraged me to be, that I was not relegated to letting my condition to dictate my life. I will remember you for all the good you did and all the smiles you gave us. The dancing, the Music and the pizza.
Thank you for helping me see that I can be what I always want to be. Thank you Mr. D, thank you so damn much.
Thank you to the organisers of his memorial on Monday, it was beautiful. Heartfelt, spot on and very Mr. D.
My condolences to his family back in Canada. My condolences to his loved ones, friends and colleagues. My condolences to my fellow classmates, seniors and juniors. And my condolences to anyone who knew him. This is a tough time but we will get through, there is a light at the end of this tunnel, you might not see it now, but it is there.
Thank you for reading this blog Mr. D and encouraging me forward. I will make it a point to pay it forward.
Well, I think that’s it, it’s time for me to test some shut eye and… In the morning, I’m making waffles.
Straight From the Heart