July 28th, 2008
In memoriam: Rick Dalton (1956-2008)
On Saturday, July 26, my brother-in-law and friend died suddenly and tragically from a previously undetected heart condition. He was doing something he loved–cycling–when witnesses saw him fall from his bike. Despite the prompt arrival of paramedics, he could not be saved. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.
Yesterday, Ursula and I took a tribute float of flowers out towards the setting sun. As soon as we launched the kayak, a honu surfaced for a moment right beside us. While we were paddling straight out, a rare solitary dolphin broached in the distance. At moments like these, I can’t help but feel a spiritual connection with existence, with life–and death. For me, the appearance of these two creatures symbolized the aloha I felt for Rick.
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I really liked Rick. I wanted to write a lot more here. I can’t. I’ll resume the normal updates later, when I feel better.
Aloha nui loa Rick.