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Goodbye old friend

To live in hearts we leave behind

Is not to die.

Thomas Campbell,


My good friend Peter Johnson passed away yesterday. While I knew his death was eminent I was unprepared for the great feeling of loss that I have felt since learning of his passing. He had been ill for sometime and his death was a final blessing. We had not seen each other as often as we had in the past but I knew he was here and looked forward to our next encounter. 

Peter was special to me in many ways, we had worked together, volunteered together, lunched together and just shared time together. He was my dinner partner at Council on World Affairs meetings and often joined me at similar events. We did not need an agenda when we met we just enjoyed sharing our thoughts and concerns. Our community also owes Peter a debt of gratitude for all he gave to the Business and Professional Exchange which has over the years served thousands of executives and professionals who needed help finding employment. He was with us when we founded the organization twenty years ago and stuck with it after the rest of us drifted away in other pursuits.

I am fortunate to have many friends and even more acquaintances but only a few who are always there to share a thought, visit a new restaurant or join me in a learning experience. I told some folks yesterday that Peter provided many gifts to others and many to me and I will always be grateful for our paths crossing so many years ago. The loss is great and the memories strong, he will live on for me and I will probably still occasionally share a thought with him in the hope that he still cares enough to listen.


I like to think that the following poem would express Peters wishes for all of us who knew him and cared about him


Look for me in Rainbows


Time for me to go now, I won’t say goodbye;

Look for me in rainbows, way up in the sky.

In the morning sunrise when all the world is new,

Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.


Time for me to leave you, I won’t say goodbye;

Look for me in rainbows, high up in the sky.

In the evening sunset, when all the world is through,

Just look for me and love me, and I’ll be close to you.


It won’t be forever, the day will come and then

My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.


Time for us to part now, we won’t say goodbye;

Look for me in rainbows, shining in the sky.

Every waking moment, and all your whole life through

Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.


Just wish me to be near you,

And I’ll be there with you.


Music and lyrics: Conn Bernard


So farewell old friend thanks for being there for so long!



There have only been two or three times when I have left out the humor in the Daily, I hope you will understand that this will be another time.


Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,

May looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

Author Unknown


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

 Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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