Some of you may have read my recent blog “The Hospital Visit” when I wrote about visiting Mac after he had suffered a stroke. That day we shared more than a laugh and a tear as he struggled with his words reliving memories and recounting stories. In his frustration he kept telling himself to “…shut up, Mac.” I said that day “Please, Mac, don’t shut up. Not yet. Don’t be silent just yet.”
Sadly Mac succumbed to pneumonia and passed away aged 85. Tomorrow we shall lay him to rest and remember his life. Now is not the moment to dwell on the agonies and difficulties visited on some by old age and illness in their twilight years but the time to celebrate the achievements and legacy of their living. As a friend wrote to me “…he has taken leave of this world having done his jobs to his satisfaction. He has seen you, felt you….taken the final step with confidence and in peace. Reflect on his glorious passage. You will find him in the gardens and at the shores. He will be in the stones, pebbles and rhythm of life around you. He will be within the passages of old books as you pass the winter hours…..Watch for him.”
God bless you, Mac. You may have shut up, but it will be a long time before you are silent. Thank you for being my Godfather. Rest in peace.