Monday, August 22, 2011
Jack Layton died today... four weeks after announcing that a cancer was interrupting his life again. He was to be back in Parliament in September for the Fall Sitting... not to be. This is a large loss for Canada and for Canadians as individuals. Jack was teaching us what being a Canadian is all about. Even in dying, he gave yet another lesson... he was a class act, and I am afraid, a hard act to follow.
This guy had eternal optimism... I am hoping the eternity part of that means that it will stick around... and possibly stick to some of us. He wrote us a letter... two days before he died, no less... I am posting it here below... because I think every Canadian should read it. This from a guy who knew he was dying, and soon. He had the presence of mind to capture the nuances of life and understanding that we are owed nothing in life... we need to make the best of what we can grab. He wasn't angry, not wondering why... he was just letting us know what he thought about the future... without him.
A great guy, did many great things for individuals and for the country... I hope we learned from him, and that we will be a better place going forward...
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- Grad. Saint Mary's University, 1975, got into the medical device business initially in sales, then various management positions up to president, all in Medical Devices. I prefer therapy products over diagnostic, but they are all fun, and in a way have defined my life. I have now evolved, with help from my 35 year partner Lynnda with whom I now share every hour. I am into staying healthy, photography, kayaking, bicycling, gardening and two books a week. I wish I had gotten to this stage earlier!