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Mullane: Deaths that haunt memory

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12.01.2020

Not all deaths are as easily forgotten as a sandwich from Wawa. Some deaths stick with you for a long time, maybe until your name appears in the obits. Mike Fitzpatrick’s death is one that will linger.

Deaths are ordinary. They’re like lunch, they just happen every day. Most are forgotten as quickly, too. Quick — what did you have for lunch last Tuesday?

Not all deaths are as easily forgotten as a sandwich from Wawa. Some deaths stick with you for a long time, maybe until your name appears in the obits.

The death could be of a parent, sibling, cousin or friend. Easy to understand. You’re close to them. They leave and you miss their laugh or their quiet company.

Could be a co-worker whose death sticks. I still miss Milt Krugman, a long-time editor here, and he’s been gone more than a decade. I think about him, the laughs we had, the funny stories we told. It’s not that other colleagues who’ve passed aren’t important, but Milt sticks. I’m not sure why.

It’s not grief or bereavement or some psychological tick, you know, the way some people will keep a loved one’s room untouched for years. It’s something else. Something that leaves an indelible mark.

Mike........

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