I felt my heart quicken when I read the first post from Paul Barasa this morning, that read ” Farewell Cedric’ and my heart began to quicken. I hoped he was traveling, but deep down my heart sunk.
Now, Today wasn’t supposed to be that kind of morning. I’d read a book last night that’s teaching me about gratitude and staying positive, and this was just the kind of thing that rolled me back to square one on the positivity campaign.
Why now??? Why him????
I met Cedric when he was still a journalist, a business writer that always managed to make us crack up, and always caught our attention with his understanding of matters business. He was good! He asked the right questions at press conferences, some that we other journalists wouldn’t have the guts to, or others that we didn’t even know we were to ask about. He knew his stuff, and his grasp on finance and economic matters was to be marvelled at.
When he later left journalism and moved to Public Relations, our professional relationship grew further as he was handling some key accounts. He was great at his job and his charming personality and very easy laughter always carried.
He had been unwell, but his passing has broken my heart into tiny little pieces. To know that I will not get a phone call from you is something I don’t know how to begin to deal with. Your death is beyond shocking. I’m lost for worlds, lost for feeling.
You leave behind a young family, and I can only wonder what they must be going through. God, they say always picks the best of the bouquet. You shone so much he had to have you next to him. We will only pray that he can give us the strength to bear the pain of losing such a young man in his prime.
I wish we spoke more often. I wish I was there to the end. I wish I knew the pain you were going through.
Your death, Cedric has taught me to love with all my heart, to be there, to be a better friend, because, we never know when God will pick the next one to sing with the angels.
Fare thee well Cedric Lumiti. You are forever in my heart.