Goodbye Dear Friend
My former detective partner, and friend of nearly 45 years, passed away Sunday afternoon. He and I solved a lot of tough cases together, and side-by-side we fought the good fight, sometimes not knowing if we’d ever make it home again. And, believe me, we’d been in many tough spots in our day.
Not only were we police officers who shared a love of our job, we also enjoyed a friendship away from the bad guys, guns, and our gold badges. He was a singer and I a guitar player, and throughout the years we played in a couple of bands together.
I eventually gave up the days of hauling heavy equipment and playing cover tunes to people gyrating on sticky dance floors. He, however, was still performing until the last week of his life. He loved it. In fact, the last time I saw my friend, he gave me a copy of his band’s latest CD.
During his time as a police officer and investigator, my former partner had been shot twice and managed to survive both incidents. He’d also been stabbed once while making an arrest. He pulled through that time too. But his recent illness was far too much for his tired body to bear. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, daughters, and brothers and sister. In just a few short months he would have been a grandfather, but he didn’t make it to see the new addition to his beloved family.
You’ll be missed by many, my friend, especially by me.
I know heaven’s door has opened wide for you.
Lee, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. That was a lovely tribute to him.
So sorry to hear your sad news, Lee. Thinking of you.
So sorry for your loss.
Sorry about your partner, Lee!
I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. A friendship of 45 years is a rare and lovely thing.
My sincere condolences to you, and his wife and family.
A very moving tribute, Lee.
Sorry your friend passed away. I’d give you a hug if I could.
I’m so sorry for your loss, Lee. But what a wonderful friendship you two shared. I’m sure he treasured it as much as you.
HUgs and prayers on the loss of your friend and brother in arms. Take care.
Deepest sympathy, Lee. Its so hard to lose a friend and brother. Condolences to his family.
I am so very sorry for your loss. Know I am thinking of you and your dear friend.
So sorry to hear about your loss. You have my condolences.
My thoughts and prayers are with you. So sorry for your loss. My condolences also to his family.
Lee, I hope your memories serve to give you some peace at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss.
My deepest sympathy–there are no words to lessen your grief. My thoughts are with you.
Condolences and prayers of peace and comfort for you and your friends family.
Sincerest condolences to you and the family of your friend. No one is so rich in any sense that they can afford to lose a true friend.
Sorry Lee. I know it’s a hard thing. My thoughts are with you.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss Lee. Good friends like that are irreplaceable and a great blessing in our lives. This is a very touching tribute. I hope you are o.k.
I lost my best friend in December. It does leave a hole in your life. Very sorry for your loss.
Oh, Lee, condolences to both you and your partner’s family!
I always follow your posts on Sisters in Crime as they are always spot on point…but I had to comment here at your loss and the beautiful way you expressed it. My condolences, but I’m glad you found a way to share the memory of your partner with all of us.
Sounds like we lost a good one.
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Lee.
Lee, I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.
Very sad news for you. I know how you feel though. Be thinking of you.
I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your friend, Lee. The intense emotional and physical dangers shared by partners can create a very special bond. The breaking of that bond is very hard, but I also know you cherish every moment together with your partner.
It’s a life like few others.
So sorry to hear about your loss, Lee. He will always be in your thoughts.
My thoughts are with you, Lee.
Lee, sorry for the loss of your “Brother”. These friendships run deeper than blood and I pray for your peace. Your memories will soon serve to comfort you.
I’m so sorry for your loss, Lee. Losing such a good friend is always hard. Heck, it’s like losing family. I know you’ll miss him.
I am very sorry to hear this, Lee.
Sorry about the loss of your friend, Lee.