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August 18, 2011

Farewell to my dear friend Eric

RIP Eric. You improved the lives of those who knew you.

About a year ago, in the lead up to Spirit Day someone came upon this blog, liked what they were reading and added me on Twitter. Thanks to the internet we became fast friends and we basically spent at least an hour every night chatting about our lives and hopes. I couldn’t imagine going to bed without chatting with my adopted little brother.

We hadn’t chatted for the past few days because he was going through a messy breakup and his partner’s family were visiting from overseas.  It was, in fact, the longest period we had ever gone without talking. I checked his Facebook wall today to see condolences there – a quick Google search and the horror became apparent. Eric and his 3 year-old were stabbed to death in their apartment in Seattle. His partner has been charged with both murders.

Eric had only moved to Seattle a few weeks earlier and was looking forward to moving on with his life. I was looking forward to picking a present for his 30th birthday. Now he is gone.

Life is funny. Just when you don’t expect it someone wonderful shows up to make your life a new and exciting adventure. Then, just as quickly, they can be taken away. Cherish those you care for because the day may come when they will just not be there.

Eric was funny, thoughtful, articulate, wise beyond his years, caring, loyal and talented. He also knew the words to every Cher and ABBA song ever written. He made me smile and he made me think.

Eric, wherever you are, it was a privilege and honor to be your friend. You will forever be in my heart.

Eric would want us to celebrate his life and not be sad  but if anyone deserves a few tears it is him.

He would have approved of this video choice.

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