How do you honor someones life while at the same time avoiding any sensationalism or controversy surrounding their death? It’s extremely difficult to do in the era of Social Media, as the whole structure of the medium is fueled by commentary, many times unfiltered and uninformed . When I learned of the passing of a professional colleague yesterday I was pretty stunned. A short time later my phone began ringing off the hook as the news spread around our community. No doubt in the upcoming weeks a clearer picture will be formed, but for my part, I’m engaging in a moment of pause and reflection for an individual who I both respected, admired and had the pleasure of working shoulder to shoulder with on many occasions over the years.
Rest in Peace, Norm Oosterbroek, you made the job look easy.