Yesterday brought sad news with a call from one of our reps that Ray Murski had passed away in an auto accident. Ray, among many other things, owned Murski-Breeding Sales. I was just getting to know Ray a little more with each show or visit. He was very kind to me and was the first one with words of encouragement when I returned from my first hunt. It was maybe not significant to others, but it’s one of those moments that meant something and will stick with me. Of course later he shamed me into buying my first Remington rifle!
I know Ray had touched many lives and my heart goes out to his family and the Murski-Breeding group I’ve come to work with. “Extended family” as it may be, the pain felt for those is real. I can only be thankful that I was fortunate enough to have my path cross with Ray’s…even if it was for a short time.
This morning brought more sad news of another rep’s passing, Tim Schlatter with Ferguson-Keller & Associates. Tim and I did the Bass Pro meetings together….another very gentle and kind man. They referred to him as their “Gentle Giant”. It is truly our loss. This time of year only seems to compound the blow. Death is very much a part of life, however difficult it is to accept, yet we must.
I can’t say enough about the short time we spend here. Celebrate each day and count the blessings of those friends you’re able to share part of your life with along the way, no matter how brief it may be. Life continues with cherished memories of their lives.