A giant pit in my stomach

I knew this was coming, but when it came, it was no less of a blow.  Paul Loughran, a Clicker who has been around a few years, running our support teams in Dublin, has passed away.  It was a multi-year battle with cancer, but this recent return was just too much.  Paul was a quiet, and really nice guy, with a wife and 3 kids, his youngest having just turned 1.  I was in Dublin a few years back for our annual services audit, and despite having been out sick for months, Paul insisted on coming into the office to meet with the auditor and be a part of the team and process.  That was just the kind of guy he was.  Quiet, unassuming, but totally focused on the work being top-notch.  He was a supportive people manager and a good collaborator from across the globe – it was hard to find anyone who just plain ‘ol didn’t like working with Paul.. I flat-out liked Paul.

A funeral is being held this week and there’s work underway for some sort of education fund, I’ll post that as soon as I get any details.

Rest in peace Paul.