In August of 2019 a group of former coworkers gathered to celebrate my successful cancer treatment, to reminisce, and to catch up on life. Our beloved boss, Richard, who was struggling with his own illness, was there. We suspected it would be the last time we’d see him.
He passed away eight months later.
It was the beginning of the pandemic, with lockdowns and self-isolation, so the memorial service was put on hold—until yesterday.
The same coworkers were there, plus some extras. Family, of course, and non-work friends.
I thought about my experiences with Richard as the others spoke. He was truly a benevolent, empathetic, fair-minded man. A great boss in a world of odious employers, and a model for those who went on to become bosses themselves. That’s a wonderful legacy.