It has had been a long while since we met. I have been away constantly. Using that excuse I had avoided getting together with our group of friends and with you.
For me, you were one of the least expected amongst us to go so early. Many of us are older, much older, more frail. I am shocked, now sadden by the realization that we will not meet again, till my time comes.
Francis, goodbye. I will cherish whatever time I have left and live on and live well, in part for your memory. Goodbye and thank you for your friendship.
-- Posted from my iPhone