As I think about the passing of a dear friend, David Hall, somehow I keep hearing these words ringing through my mind. For the literary minded, the quote is of course, the final words of Arthur Miller’s famous play, “Death of a Salesman” where the protagonist Willy Loman’s wife, Linda, is mourning the death of her husband.
“Attention must be paid.”
Why these words as I think about David? I’ve struggled with that. David was certainly no Willy Loman. Certainly not a salesman. But he could have been, I suppose. David had qualities that any salesman would love to have. He had that affability, that charm — a warmth. When you met him, he was impossible to dislike. And easy to like.
I remember the first time we met at his cubicle in the IT department at Inco — back in the days when it was a Canadian company. Continue reading