Saturday, July 10, 2021

RIP Brian Moran


When someone older than you dies, it’s sad, though I feel that I can cope. I hold memories dear, I appreciate the time I had with an individual, and I hope I can live as long as they walked the Earth.

If someone younger dies, it’s truly shocking. After being stunned, I often stop and appreciate where I am in life, and that I’m still here.  A phrase runs through my head:

There, but for the grace of God, go I.

I’m not a religious person, but that phrase sticks with me. I am lucky to be where I am. I’m lucky to have had good fortune, and that my bad fortune hasn’t been catastrophic.

Today I got a note from a friend. He told me that Brian Moran (t, st, mvp, li)  had passed away. Brian was a wonderful man, someone I’ve known close to 20 years. We worked in the same field, we were fellow speakers at events, and we’ve had numerous phone calls at times trying to find ways to work together in business. He was a big part of the PASS organization, of supporting SQL Saturdays, and helping grow the SQL community larger and stronger.

He is one of maybe a few dozen people in my professional life whose partner I’ve met, who’s met my wife, who I’ve had talked with while at home, and who loved Hawaiian shirts like me. We have daughters the same age, and we’ve shared many conversations over the years. We weren’t that close, but we respected and enjoyed each other’s company often. One of the relatively few people I’d stop and have an extended conversation with when we were together.

I have no details on what happened, and my heart goes out to his wife and family. It’s a stunning day, and as pat of my job, I’ll update a memory a next week. One of the harder posts that I’ll have to write.

1 comment:

TechnoCaveman said...

When someone younger passes it can shake the foundation so many beliefs are based on.
When they pass though no fault of their own (car accident, heart attack, drowning, etc) its even more troubling.
Their passing changes your future. They held memories and ideas that are now gone, like tears or rain.
Parents, good parents, see how it affects both families.
"But for the grace of GOD, I go" is not bad. It is good.
As I was taught "Your epitaph is not a lottery where you find out what good you did. Every one creates what others say about them, words in their tombstone, by their daily actions."
Brian did well.
Good luck sir. The next few months may not feel hard but so much will come to mind and even dreams while you sleep.