Passing Client II

Wrote about him before. Client in wheelchair, virtual quadriplegic. In going through files prior to an office renovation, coming across a file with email correspondence from him. Thought about the fact that he is scattered somewhere now, with no marker anywhere.

His name was Stephen Henry. From email correspondence in May of 2006:


Subject: Tried to call the cell…

…and ended up with some silence, though it sounded like you were watching an action film. Hope to be in touch soon.


sorry about that Bruce, but somebody forgot to unplug the head-set to my cell phone so it answers outomatically after 2 rings and i was in bed at the time…….the matter in which i needed your help might reslove itself by the 11th of this month……….BTW that action flick you heard in the back ground was probably…….‘nightmare alley’ 1947 film noir at its best…….i’m dropping it off at your office next week……….i know you are a busy man, but i hope you will find time to veiw this movie about the fraility, decency and weakness of humanity………take care good friend………….steve henry

Searched for the obituary. Here it is:

HENRY, Stephen Edward July 7 1949 – June 23, 2008 Death is nothing at all, I have only slipped away into the next room, I am I and you are you, whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow, laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be ever the household word that it always was, let it be spoken without effort without the trace of shadow on it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well. Stephen was pre deceased his Uncle Peter, his paternal grandparents, Albert and Annie, his grandfather Joe Delorme, his father Edward J Henry, and his beloved grandmother Eva Ann Delorme. Stephen will be remembered by his mother Audrey (Pete), his sisters Ainslie (John) Barbara and his step sister Anne as well as many friends he made along the way. The family would like to thank the caring staff at St Vincent Hospital as well as the wonderful staff at CCOC Housing. Cremation was entrusted to McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home. In memory of Stephen donations can be made to DPCR 613-724-5886.


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1 Response to Passing Client II

  1. On August 29, 2015, William Hawkins commented as follows (reproduced with permission):

    We all have to die, I guess, but some hope for Heaven. I almost wish I could be so deluded.

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