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Life is Short – Live Like It

I’m am saddened today. A co-worker of mine passed away after a short three month bout with pancreatic cancer. Dan was in his early 50s from my estimation, and he was in pretty decent health. I’m not sure when it will sink in. Dan left our office a couple of years ago to take a higher management role up in our North Jersey fire alarm headquarters. When I last saw Dan, he was in great health, and he was confident about the future.

One of the things that impressed me about him is that he was fairly open with his faith. I’m quite confident that Dan is getting used to his new digs in heaven right now, but it does leave us all a bit sad knowing that he’s not here to watch his kids continue into adulthood, to see his future grandchildren, and to enjoy retirement in the future.

When things like this happen, it brings a reality check into our own lives. You never know what tomorrow will bring. What would you do differently if you knew you only had three months to live?

Last week, another man passed away from pancreatic cancer. Here’s what he had to say when he found out about his earthly fate:

Until the next post…


August 1, 2008 - Posted by | life


  1. I pray that the professor made a proclamation of faith before his departure.

    This has been a widely circulated video, and speaks volumes about life priorities. But what is sad, that God was not part of his Legacy.

    Comment by Ryan | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. (I don’t know the details of the professor’s faith…)

    Here’s the message that went out to my company regarding my co-worker:

    We received the tragic news today that Dan Herbert passed away after a brief but courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Dan worked at SBT for 28 years and was known and loved by many people throughout our organization, his natural passion and energy was an inspiration to all around him. Always one to take on a challenge he performed numerous roles in our company with commitment and dedication, most recently helping orchestrate the Fire business improvement.

    He lived every day with a zest for life that was contagious and was most happy as a proud Dad and dedicated Husband who cherished moments with family and friends alike. Dan and his family lived a daily commitment to their faith which was the cornerstone of the person we all loved

    Please join me in spending a moment to reflect on the many ways that Dan touched and inspired your life

    A Husband, Father, Friend, Colleague and Witness that will be sorely missed by all. He is survived by his wife Eda and three sons

    I think it’s pretty obvious that he was squared away with the Maker.

    Comment by Jon Stolpe | August 1, 2008 | Reply

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