Homage to the Dearly Departed
Truthfully, Colin Jack was an acquaintance of mine. I can’t really say he was a friend because I didn’t actually know him well enough to honestly say we were that familiar. But if he considered me such, then, for my part, he was certainly a friend. Not that I didn’t want to get that close. It just so happened our relationship didn’t advance that far to develop to that degree.
Now that Colin has passed away, I regret we weren’t on closer terms. It reminds me of a scene in The Pianist where Wladyslaw Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody), says to his sister, Halina (played by Jessica Kate Meyer) when seeing her for the last time, “I wish I knew you better.” It underscores the rather fleeting time we have on this Earth and that we should savour the moments together to the fullest.
For the moments that I did spend with Colin, there wasn’t one where we didn’t share a laugh over some point or situation, regardless of the seriousness of the conversation. But I’m sure things weren’t as easy for him as the ready laugh and smile he offered. It’s one thing to have a love for something, quite another to encourage that in other people. Whatever the challenges, though, that didn’t dissuade him from sharing his passion for beer with others. Perhaps that comes from being a teacher.
In that regard, Colin was a colleague. He sought a variety of ways to introduce people to the broader possibilities that beer offered. Most would be content in enjoying new horizons within their own circle of family and friends. Colin had to form a company with his friends to organize events, seminars, and a full-fledged beer festival, not to mention writing a column for 24 Hours and co-hosting a radio show. For that, he has my utmost respect.
Cheers, Colin! Rest in peace.