When you die, the story of your entire life may be condensed into just a few words from those you touched.
After my husband Greg died on October 16, 2015, this is how he was remembered.
How will you be remembered? As one of the “flaming a**holes,” or as the guy or gal who made up for all of them? 🙂
“I was quite taken with Greg from the day when I first interviewed him straight out of Berkeley. He was wide eyed, passionate, hungry to learn, crazy smart, and humble—and I came to love him as a friend and brother.”
“He was a very special person, thoughtful, gentle and extremely considerate. I consider myself lucky to have had him as a friend, for he made me a better person by knowing him and being in his company. On a professional level, Greg was respected, well-liked and always brought a valued opinion to the table. At times he was humble to a fault and he always tried to include his team and recognized subordinates for hard work and success. I will smile as I think about my friend and the many conversations we had about no leather and the health and social benefits of a Vegan diet.”
“Greg was a true force of nature, and no matter what the occasion or circumstance, you knew you were in for a treat if Greg was on board.”
“He was compassionate – above all, compassionate. He was intelligent. His energy was off the charts. He was curious. He was enthusiastic. Selfless. Funny. Driven. All these things that you would hope for in people that you surround your life with. When I first met Greg, we worked together but I didn’t really know him. Somebody had made a lot of money doing something – I forget what it was. And there were about a dozen of us who went out to eat. And I’m not sure why, but I knew that night we had to work together. I just wanted to be with Greg, to learn from him, to share with him, to laugh, to be inspired by him.”
“Greg actively mentored people who were less knowledgeable or less experienced than he was. And he did it naturally and with empathy, and he conveyed excitement. He made you feel good about your aspirations.”
“I am so thankful that I got to know Greg, and I have always felt so fortunate to have had him as a mentor, advocate and friend. I believe he largely shaped me into the person I am, not just professionally—that goes without saying—but personally too. He taught me to never be afraid to ask for anything; always stick up for the little people; always be yourself even when you feel like you don’t fit in; be smart; be kind; be confident; and be happy.”
“Greg was unique in the finance world, to be so kind and yet to be ranked in the top of his field. There are not many people who can pull that off, and I’m grateful to have known him.”
“When I think back on the time I spent with Greg, and what I learned from him, I remember these qualities. Greg was a great mentor to me not only because he was patient, intelligent, and responsible. He was a great mentor because he didn’t seem to see himself as one. Despite his hard-earned seniority, he never flaunted it or took it for granted. And come to think of it, he didn’t even seem to take it that seriously. Maybe that was his biggest lesson of all – beneath the money-chasing and job-hopping that defined his resume, Greg was a man who was in touch with what truly mattered in life.”