"You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give."
Those words, reputedly said by Winston Churchill, were framed in the house of Marty Newsom, the 42 year-old co-owner of APEX Gymnastics in my hometown who passed away from a heart attack last week. Judging from the remarkable turnout and heartfelt remembrances of young and old at today's memorial, Marty made quite a life.
I'd only begun to get to know him well in the last several months because of a mutual friendship; more than one of his colleagues remarked that he related to kids far better than adults, and as the parent of one of the girls he coached, I was on the wrong side of that equation. I'm truly sorry that I didn't know him better sooner, because his Gheorgheness was undeniable.
Godspeed, Marty, and to my friends here and elsewhere, may your impact on your world be as rich and manifold as was his.