My dear friend and colleague, Jason Parrish died early yesterday morning, New Year’s Eve, after a 3 month bout with cancer. It is difficult to describe such a loss, but these words by Alfred Lord Tennyson (thank you, Jimmy, for sending them my way) seem appropriate:
Forgive my grief for one removed
Thy creature whom I found so fair…
Jason and I have worked together for eight years, and it is just hard to imagine life without him. He could make me laugh when no one else could, he talked me off many ledges, helped me process frustrations, gave me perspective when I had lost mine, listened, encouraged, entertained, and was one of the kindest and most patient men I’ve ever known. He was a yo-yo champion, a sci-fi fan, an avid reader, a movie buff, a gadget guy, an anxiety-prone hermit of sorts, a consumer of all genres of music, more knowledgable than Google, and beloved by too many people to count. I am honored to have called him friend.
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