How does one accept such sad news without asking why and why now. Each one of us will have enduring memories of a man I affectionately called the 'big fella.'
I will miss him for a multitude of reasons but most of all because of his beliefs, his integrity and his tenacity to right the things he saw wrong. He had an astonishing ability to inspire strength where there was weakness and determination where there was intrepidation.
Ridicule and derision, by his political adversaries did not penetrate his shield of honor. Indeed, it made him stronger and more determined to strive for what he believed in. It made him resilient.
His ability to articulate and persuade were virtues that most of us at best can only aspire too.
He detested the abuse of power, particularly by those in authority. He saw through the shallowness of impostors and pretenders.
But surrounded by all that, inside was a gentle man and a sensitive man, a caring man that loved his family, like only he could.
Bryan, you will be sadly missed not only by your family, but by your friends and foes alike.
My heartfelt condolences are extended to his loving wife Margaret and to his cherished son Joseph.
I will miss you too, big fella.