Sunday, April 08, 2007

You Just Never Know

I've had a great birthday weekend, but with a sad note.

This morning, my VP (there are several in the company, but the one I report to) called... and I should have known something was amiss. Bill wouldnt just call me on a Sunday morning, Easter morning at that... AND through the call center. We chatted for a minute about our weekend and then he hit me with I have some bad news.

My immediate boss, the one who hired me a year ago... the one I have thoroughly enjoyed working with... the one who is easy going and supportive... passed away suddenly last night while on an Easter egg hunt. I was shocked. Stunned. Sick to my stomache. He was only in his mid-forties. Friday I sat in his office for an hour while we chatted up a storm. We made short term and long range plans for our department and employees. We talked about our goals and projects. He was in a great mood... he looked like he felt good and looked rested. I (nor anyone else) even thought this was going to be the last time we saw him.

I'm sick about the whole thing. I finally get the opportunity to have a manager that is hands down the best... and it's short lived. At Chaos College.... that one just wouldnt go away! She was mean and destroyed everything that crossed her path.... and she's still there! Yet, the one that is so good to his employees, and any of us would have bent over backwards for him... he's gone.

My heart goes out to his wife and son.

Happy Easter... don't eat too much chocolate.


Traveling Chica said...


I'm sorry to hear that. :/

It's never easy to lose someone you're close to: we'll be thinking of you!

Glad you had a good birthday though, before this went down.

Kerry said...

Thank you. This truly is a great loss... I (we) will miss him!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry that you lost your friend. I will be keeping his family and you in my thoughts and prayers.



Bone said...

I too am very sorry for your loss. That is so young.

I'm going to call my Dad now.

PS: Happy belated birthday.