Monday, April 23, 2007

Meaningful casual encounter.

Meaningful casual encounter.
So literally just now i got a phone call that has had a profound impact on me. Someone i knew very casually at masters swim meets and the guy who was kind of our leader this last weekend at state died over the weekend.
We all knew he recently found out he had cancer, but all indications were that it was still in the early stages and that he was going to have a good doctor work on him. Most of the focus was on when he would be back not IF he would return.
I got to hang out with him all weekend and he was just a very positive guy. Liked to kick back and enjoy his time at the meet. He was 43 and still swimming at a pretty high level. I got to have a 100 fly race right next to him and if ended up beating me by just a little bit.
The last thing i say him doing was kickin back having a few beers at the post state bbq and the big guy leaving with a smile on his face with his swim bag thrown over his shoulder waving goodbye.
All indications were that he was a good man who carried a lot of respect around the masters pools. He leaves behind two daughters and a wife and a masters team whom all seemed to love and respect him.
Its odd how someone whom you didnt know all that well can impact your life and thoughts. The eta on the services are on friday and i plan on attending. I mean how crazy is that i meet the guy every now and again at meets and i was completely detestated when i got the news.
Heres to big K.N. A man i've developed a great respect for. My prayers go out to those you left behind.


Blogger Simon said...

Sorry to hear about that, man. It's tough to see that happen, especially to someone that is relatively young.

9:32 PM  

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