Comments: Thoughts About a Man I Didn't Know

I know. He was taken too soon. But from what little I know, he seemed to be a really strong person to the end. I think we morn not only for him and his family, but for what could have been.

Posted by DogsDontPurr at October 5, 2011 11:06 PM

Well said...you wrote what was in my heart!

Posted by PeggyK at October 6, 2011 05:28 AM

I think you just wrote what we're all feeling...

Posted by pam at October 6, 2011 09:21 AM

I always feel very disheartened, and sad, when I see the frailties and limitations of a person who heretofore seemed so immortal.

Posted by Erica at October 6, 2011 11:45 AM

One of the sadder conversations I ever had was with a college friend who was driving us to attend a regatta at the US Naval Academy. He was older than me since he had spent a 3 year hitch in the USAF before starting college. Great guy. Bright, funny, bald at 24. One night, on the drive to the coast from State College he said that he planned to live every scrap of life before turning 39. I asked why and he said that his father, his uncles and his grandfather had all died of heart attacks before their 40th birthday. He didn't say it hopelessly but as one who just accepted it.
I spent decades responding to medical questionnaires asking about any cancer related deaths in the family by firmly responding in the negative. This year I learned from my mother that almost all of her mother's siblings died of cancer at a young age. Who knew?
A hundred of us, her descendants and family went to her 100th birthday and she knew every one of us, every grandchild, great grandchild and great great grandchild and walked unassisted to lunch. She had a great Exit Strategy. 'Surrounded by her children she died at home, age 101.'
I don't think that money matters in a lot of these cases. It may prove different when we start cloning human beings.

Posted by Curtis at October 6, 2011 09:37 PM

Unfortunately, even with modern advances in technology, there are still some illnesses out there that are death sentences, and pancreatic cancer is still one of those. Steve Jobs held on a lot longer than many, and even continued functioning in his duties far more than most, but eventually it did him in. Or perhaps all the medicine and technology and money in the world couldn't change the fact that perhaps it was his time to go.

Posted by diamond dave at October 7, 2011 05:58 PM