Monday, October 22, 2007

Blog Guelph: Sharon Smith

Photo Credit: Ian Thomas ~ For more images by this photographer, please click the pic and visit their Flickr account.
Photo taken in Guelph, Ontario Canada.

For the last nine years, my book keeper, Sharon Smith, regularly came to my home office to do my books. Always punctual, I would have her coffee ready to pour, paper work organized and my prehistoric iMac cranked on in anticipation.

Like a tradition, we would start the monthly visit pretty much the same way every time. Sharon would settle in the office chair and gently pat the computers dusty head - I would offer up specific accounting needs that I had identified and we'd both comment on the state of the universe. Then I would leave her to the task of coaxing data into the belly of the beast of 'artificial intelligence'.

When Sharon didn't appear last Thursday morning, I immediately started to worry. It was 9:15 and in the entire time we'd worked together I had never known her to be late.

I called her home and left a message.

When her sister called back a short time later to tell me the sad news of Sharon's sudden death earlier in the week, I was stunned to say the least. Now I'm deeply saddened.

Today's series of several images is dedicated to my friend and wonderful book keeper Sharon Smith. She saw me through some magnificent highs and excruciating lows over our years together - always steady as eddy. Indeed, she helped managed many of Guelph's artists and community group finances and guided even more befuddled people through 'tax madness' each year. Sharon loved dancing, singing and being outdoors by the shore of any body of water.

She is and will continue to be greatly missed. Gilchrist Funeral Home Visitation and Memorial service details are here.

Sue Richards

1 comment:

Downtown Lynn said...

What a beautiful tribute to your friend Sue....

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