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September 26, 1948 - March 21, 2017 What makes someone remarkable? We think it is someone who embraces life. Someone who, when faced with the last challenge, continues to share his positive attitude. These words were written by Ira in the hospital, while even breathing had become a challenge: "So, what's the purpose? Are we here to simply enjoy life, or do we enjoy life simply because we are here? If we had to do it all again, would we chase the past or attempt to find a new future? And if a new future, why? I always felt strongly that our job is not to complete a checklist before we die, but to enjoy ourselves and enhance the enjoyment of others. In 1971, I traveled through Western Europe: my first significant, clearly not the last significant, of my "exotic" travels. The world was very different then, before the startling disclosure that those travels took place but within 20 years of the end of the greatest of all wars. When I commenced my traveling ventures, my goal was to achieve as many adventures as possible. But then the issue arose: why not visit places that I actually enjoy? Why not enjoy life to the fullest? Even if that means watching a repeat episode of Gunsmoke. The issue then becomes which places make you feel enriched, enlivened and connected in such a way that seeing them again, you enhance the purpose of life beyond a glance of a new adventure." We love you, remarkable man. Elaine, Matthew, Trevor, Grace and Nickolas.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 9, 2017
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