...... for an elderly distant relative of ours, Peter, who died suddenly yesterday.
His family contacted me early this morning, saying that my name and phone number was on a list of people he had carefully drawn up and stated that he wanted to be notified of his death.
I went straight to the icon corner and wept. Although I had never met Peter in the flesh, due to geographical constraints and mutual family commitments, we corresponded regularly and spoke occasionally on the phone.
We met due to our common interest in chasing our family trees; he was descended from one sibling and our branch of the family from another sibling. We were able to give each other so much information about both sides of the family, and we shared so many laughs. We had planned to meet up in the next eighteen months, but it is not to be now. I do so wish that I had been able to meet him.
May God rest his soul.
Memory eternal to Peter............