I know we’ve all felt it – the pain we feel when we hear of someone passing at an age that is far too young. The reality is, no matter what age we almost always wish for a little more time to say goodbye, I love you or thank you. I was reminded of this the other day when I learned of the passing of J.P. Ottino; he was 57. J.P. was a long time WPC supporter and friend. As a client, he put his trust in us for more than 14 years. As a friend, he always greeted me with an energy and smile that defined him. He was an intelligent, decisive and loyal businessman. His love for his family and friends was unquestioned; especially the love for his nieces and nephews, one of whom gave a eulogy that will not be forgotten by those of us who were there to hear it. I can only hope that I am thought of and spoke about in this way when my time comes.
The following quotes came to mind when I heard of J.P.’s passing:
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” -Bob Marley
“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pike
J.P. affected so many people in a positive way, including those of us here at WPC. He will long be remembered for his kindness.