We miss you..

These words are not enough……

I’m fortunate enough to be enjoying a vacation in paradise this week – when I learned Sunday afternoon of Dean’s passing, I noticed a rainbow in the sky. Unlike most rainbows, this one stuck around for at least 20-30 minutes….. sorta felt like it was Dean saying an extended goodbye from above.

Dean was the “half full” to my “half empty”….. in our 5+ years of working together, I can’t count the number of times I would say that things couldn’t be done, that something was too hard or impractical. And Dean would always sit there, screwing his face into a smile and eventually would say “Well yeah, but……” And he’d always figure the positive out of things, or how to make things work.

We knew many of the things Dean loved: Victoria….. the kids….. hockey, both his own playing as well as his beloved Sharks….. yet I can’t think of a single thing or person that he spoke ill of. He was irrepressibly positive, and always with that smile.

My wife always reminds me that “you never know what happens behind closed doors.” But in Dean’s case, I know without a shadow of a doubt that he was a fantastic husband, father, and friend, as well as a terrific and much-loved colleague.

Sad that you are gone, my friend. I am better for having known you.

– Chuck Durnberger


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