Dear Linda and family of Henry,
It has taken me a few days to come to grips with this loss, personally. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.
It has always been a practice to call Henry if I needed info about anyone in town that I hadn't heard from lately. It was about 2 weeks ago that I had called him about a breakfast friend of ours that had not responded to email or phone calls. After being reassured that Jim was alright and was now home progressing in his physical therapy, the conversation turned to his battle.
He said he was glad I called. Henry said that unless something miraculous occurred he would not make it to when I returned in May. He said he continued to have great faith in his medical team and the care he received from Linda, but he was tiring. I found that to be shocking. Henry was not a quitter. He was a competitor. I was very uncomfortable with this talk and I ended it with a demand that he keep up the good fight.
To his family I suggest you enjoy the good memories you have of times you've spent with him. I know there will be special moments that occur that will remind you of Henry and cause you to smile. I wish you strength in this difficult time.
I am in Fort Myers right now and regret not being there to attend his services.