24 February 2011

A very special someone


The other day Curmudge and I attended a memorial service for Herbie. It had been a long time since we'd seen Herbie and many of the other drivers who attended. Herbie was more than a co-worker. He was a friend and mentor. His passing has left me (and many others) with an empty place.

It was a fitting tribute to Herbie that all of us were there to share our memories .... in this short moment in time ... and to say our final goodbyes. That day, I learned things about Herbie I didn't know. I guess, I didn't know him as well as some of the others did.

What I do remember is he always had a smile and a joke first thing in the morning; something nice to say throughout the day; and always had praise for a 'job well done' at the end of the day. I remember too, his patience on our jobs, though sometimes that patience was hard won.

Herbie was a very special someone for many. He touched our lives in so many ways, I can't find the words.... You were blessed Herbie, and I will miss you. Thank you for coming into my life.