Sad

by kelly

I’m in a state of disbelief.

I just received word that a prominent, well-liked shareholder at my firm, and his son, were killed in a car accident today. The attorney’s wife was taken to the hospital. Her condition was said to be critical, but the person I spoke with didn’t know more than that.

What a sad, sad reminder that it can be any one of us at any time.

He is only about 53 years old, and funny and quirkly. The kind of guy to always make an odd comment in the elevator and to accidently snort and giggle when he laughs, sometimes. On his last birthday, his secretary decorated his door with black balloons, and put over-the-hill signs in his office, which he tolerated for several days.

He has been enourmously successful in his work. Exactly the kind of guy I always pictured eventually enjoying some very comfortable and satisfied retirement years playing with the grandkids.

This is a guy who has been to China, in recent years, and Dubai, in recent months, on business. No one would have expected him to meet such an untimely, sad end on a Wisconsin highway.

And the son – he was only a junior in highschool. What a tragedy.

I understand he has one other child – a daughter who is a junior or senior in college.

Apparently, most of the attorneys are getting the word by phone over the weekend.

But that’s not going to keep the firm, as a whole, from being shell-shocked and sad on Monday, and in the coming days and weeks.

4 Responses to “Sad”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Aww, I’m sorry for your loss. There have been sooo many accidents lately I can’t believe it. I hope his wife pulls through okay, and we’ll keep them and his daughter in our prayers.

  2. Kelly Says:

    I just saw a report on the evening news and found the first online account. It’s really true. And apparently, another highschool junior was with them and didn’t make it. They were travelling for the boys’ basketball game.

  3. Kelly Says:

    And thanks, Nicole. There HAVE been a lot of accidents in the news lately. Life is just so fragile. I had been all stressed out about the volume of work on my desk, but a tragedy like this puts it all into perspective.

  4. Kelly Says:

    Damn.

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=423779

    http://www.wiscnews.com/bnr/news/index.php?ntid=83835&ntpid=0#