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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Goodbye Mullet

Dave Martin, standing,  photo by John Bazemore-AP
We woke up to a sad email from AP this morning. Gerry's former boss and long time mentor Dave Martin ("Mullet" to his friends)was shooting the Chick fil a bowl last night and had a heart attack on the field at the end of the game. He was transported to the hospital and died early this morning. Not exactly the way we had planned to start 2014. It's certainly a time for reflection on what is important and how precious life is.


The story is reported here

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/01/01/4580673/ap-photographer-martin-collapses.html#.UsQuJBwRWwB

Being an AP photographer is a stressful job. The work is hard, the stress level is hard, the physical and mental demands are great. Trust me I know this, I watch it every day with Gerry. This is the second AP photographer to die on the job since Gerry started almost ten years ago. Gerry takes excellent care of himself, watches what he eats, exercises, takes advantage of days off to rest. But still, the stress is there 24/7.

My heart breaks for this family. Dave's wife will spend New Year's Day making arrangements to bury her husband, who died way too young. His two children will no longer have their father there for advise and support, their children will not know their grandfather. It's a sad loss and one Gerry is trying to get his head around today.

Hug those you love, time is fleeting, life is short and can end so unexpectedly.............

5 comments:

oldgreymare said...

so sorry to read this this morning. prayers for your family and theirs..

Tracey Broome said...

Thanks Suzan, what an unexpected sadness on this New Year's Day.....

Vicki said...

Beautifully said Tracey.
I'm very sorry to read that there is sadness in your home today.
My thoughts are with you and Gerry. The loss of a cherished friend and mentor is a very hard one to bear.

Heather said...

Hi Tracey! I hope you enjoyed the holidays! I was hoping you could email me at about a question I have regarding you blog! My name is Heather and please email me at Lifesabanquet1(at)gmail(dot)com :-)

Tracey Broome said...

Vicki, thank you, it was not a great day.


Heather, WTF...... is this appropriate?!