Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sydney Harbour under grey skies

A grey photo today. 
For Patrick 1925 -2012

We had some rather shocking news last night. An elderly relative passed away suddenly.
Patrick was 87, and was playing his violin with his orchestra when he had a massive stoke.

He was well advanced in years, but he was one of those people you would imagine would live for ever.
Although he moved into a retirement village a few years ago, he still cooked and cleaned for himself. He drove himself everywhere, volunteered at a local tree group nursery, and acted as secretary for a couple of clubs of which he was a member.

Last year he had to admit that he couldn't keep the pace up and stopped playing in one of the three amateur orchestras he still still played with every week. It was at a practice session playing his beloved violin that he collapsed.

I guess if he could have chosen that is the way he would have wanted to go.


Kristen M. said...

So sorry for your loss, Al, but it does indeed sound like he died doing something he loved. We can all only hope to be so active until our last days. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Carolyn V said...

Oh no. I'm so sorry Al. It's always hard to hear when someone passes. But he sounds like an amazing man.