Where to begin? Mike and I knew each other for over 20 years so I knew him very well. Even though he reported directly to me for the last 14 years, I considered our work relationship to be that of co-workers rather than boss-employee. But more importantly we considered each other friends, and he was one of the best friends I had. I will never forget that loud voice and even louder laugh â€“ both of which got us both into trouble on numerous occasions when he was in my office (which was literally every workday). I tend to talk loudly also, and together we could create quite an amount of noise which easily carried three doors down to the president of our company's office.
I have stories too numerous to count, as Mike and I hunted together for years. I taught him to clean and dress a deer as he became a deer hunter later in his life. The first lesson only cost him three stiches in his finger when he cut himself with his hunting knife â€“ but Mike wrapped his finger in a rag and finished the job before getting any medical attention. His deer rifle that he used all his life, a Weatherby 270, was bought from me in 1994 or so.
Last year, my daughter Jenny, who is an architect, came and worked at Diamond Offshore for a few months. She had moved from a job in Colorado where the environment was full of young, sociable people who liked their happy hoursâ€¦ to take up residence briefly in our engineering dept - talk about a Culture shock. Here she was a fish out of water surrounded by older men, who while very nice and respectful, generally kept to themselves. When she came to discuss it we me, I noticed a tear began to roll down her cheek. I was reminded of the Tom Hanks movie with the women baseball players and the famous line: â€œCrying? There's no crying in baseballâ€
So I told her: "Crying, there's no crying in Offshore Drillingâ€
Well, I was wrong. There is crying in Offshore Drilling and I have seen it in the last few days. Not just from the women in our company, but from a number of the men also.
I believe the fact that Mike had that type of impact on so many of us is the biggest tribute that we can pay to him. Mike was not just a co-worker, but a true friend that could always be relied upon. He will be missed by all of us, especially by me.
My prayers go out to you Mary, and to Kate and Kelsey. I certainly will never forget Michael A. Trahan.