What’s In a Name

What’s In a Name?

Ralph Cannon
July 27, 1948 – November 21, 2012

What You Mean to Me Ralph

As I stand in your living room reading the get well cards the thoughts show what I already knew. You quietly touched the lives of so many. I read what I often say “my time working for you was perhaps the best time of my professional career” or “my life.”

Funny. I am writing this and want it to sound perfect but I can’t send it to you to wordsmith first. Just so you know I won’t left and right justify not because I don’t want to make you smile, but because I don’t know how to on this app.

  • What do I do?
  • When I can’t call you on my way to work?
  • When I need help “connecting the dots?”
  • When I can’t resist the urge to hit send?
  • When I just need to call you and have you tell me it’s not crazy?

No man has ever influenced me the way you have and no man has ever touched my heart the way you have. Leave the job, leave the people. You were impossible for me to leave.

Who takes a 40 year old man and completely changes his world? You showed me not only that I wasn’t wrong in my belief in people but it works. You gave me courage.

My life changed the day I met a silver haired guy who was going to conduct an exit interview with me. Instead, I stayed and got to know one of the best human beings I have ever known. It was like ‘shooting fish in a barrel’ after that.

What do you mean to me?

Keefer Cannon Bish was born on February 7, 2012 and I will spend the rest of my life showing him why he shares your name.

I love you boss.

Charlie November 9th 2012