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Saying Goodbye to a Friend


July 2021

As this post publishes, we’ll be rolling out for a short morning ride along a favorite route. We’ll likely talk about the friend we lost last weekend. He was an organ donor and the nature of his crash meant all of the important organs were still viable. He saved several people’s lives. Lungs, kidneys, liver, heart… they were able to use it all. He received a hero’s walk at the hospital the other day.

One immense, sad tragedy made the lives of several people much, much brighter.

We went to the viewing service last night, my wife, daughters and I, to be there for our friend, McMike and his wife. It was undeniably sad, but it was impressive to see all of the cyclists who showed up and in the end, it was as it should be; a celebration of life.

We’ll ride this morning then head to the funeral home, then the cemetery to see our friend laid to rest. It’s going to suck, especially for his parents, but they’ll have a bunch of friends and family there to help them through this.

And tomorrow life will go on. Sometimes it really sucks, but the world will spin on.

With that, I’m trying to use this as a stepping stone for my daughters, an example of how fickle and short life can be. Sean was just 43. The lesson is to enjoy every minute you can on the right side of the grass.

In those last few seconds as my life flashes before my eyes, I don’t want there to be one “I wish I would have” in there… and I want for that flash to feel like it goes on for about 20 minutes.


  1. Sheree says:

    Condolences and you’re quite right – life is too short.

  2. Such a tragedy. The world will spin on though and because of his donations, the worlds of many other people will continue to spin also. Life is a gift.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Amen, brother. My wife and I were talking about how much like family our group is. They concluded the service at the cemetery and it was another 45 minutes before anyone left. It was quite special.

  3. chape says:

    So sorry for your loss, Jim.

  4. unironedman says:

    43 is no age these days. 😦

  5. joliesattic says:

    So sorry for your loss

  6. Pattie says:

    So sorry to hear about your friend!

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