Farewell, Grandpa Leonard

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20130723-204137Typing this, I learned a few minutes ago that Leonard Nimoy has left us.

This morning in his California home, from “end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. Diagnosed last year, and attributed by him to a long habit of smoking, though he gave it up several decades ago.

Family man, actor, musician, photographer, writer, and many other things. I’ve enjoyed his work my entire life, and will continue to do so, but it might be a little while before I can watch him on screen and not be a bit wistful about it. I was privileged to get to see him last year at Ottawa Comic Con, though it was only by Skype, and wish I’d taken advantage of those rare occasions he came to Toronto when I was younger and living there.

I haven’t been too active on Twitter in the last few weeks/months, but two tweets catch my attention today.

First, Mr. Nimoy’s last tweet, on Feb 23rd: “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

A few moments ago, from William Shatner: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”

I don’t think I can add anything to either of those.

Resisting all temptation to slightly modify any famous quotes, I’m simply going to say farewell, Grandpa Leonard. You will be missed by many.

Be well, everyone.

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