Did you know attorneys Vance Moore or Mark Zimmerman?
It is in some part due to age, but I seem to know more people who are dealing with personal loss lately. The last year of my life has been strewn with friends who are dealing with personal loss, of a loved one, a friend, a business partner. According to the Pain Doctor, the top ten “stressful life events” include “death of a spouse” (#1) and “death of a close family member” (#5). I don’t doubt these, but I suspect that death of a friend, colleague, or partner are not far down that list either.
In September, I received the surprising word that Vance Moore had passed. Vance practiced in Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding area with Hoffman and Moore. His was not an exclusive workers’ compensation practice, he also did personal injury work. But, he was known in the workers’ compensation community. He was known for his “passion for helping injured people,” as noted in his obituary. His career formerly included insurance defense and serving in elected office. He was a graduate of Stockton College and the University of Miami School of Law. Mr. Moore was 57 years old when he passed in September.
Then yesterday, I received the equally surprising news that Mark Zimmerman of Deland had passed. Mr. Zimmerman has been involved in the workers’ compensation practice since I can remember. I ran across him in my Daytona litigation days years ago. He spent a good portion of his thirty-five years of practice representing injured workers in our system. Mr. Zimmerman was deeply involved in the Deland community, having served on the Board of the local hospital and as President of the Chamber of Commerce, as note in his obituary. He was a graduate of Stetson and the Cumberland School of Law. Mr. Zimmerman was 64 years old.
Neither of these attorneys was “old.” I know that should not make a difference, but I think it is always harder somehow when someone passes at a young age. The older I get, the less I can think of the late fifties and early sixties as “old,” though I admit that I held that view when I was much younger. It strikes me that both of these workers’ compensation practitioners contributed to our workers’ compensation community, to their local communities, and touched many lives.
I take this moment on a Friday morning to remember them to each of you and suggest that time is finite. How long will the people in your life be around for you to touch their lives? It would be nice to know perhaps, but I also think it is better that we do not know. Instead, we each must make the most of every day in case time is more limited than we suspect. I invited you recently to "turn off, tune out, drop in." I hope you took the time to reconnect with someone that day.
I think today we have two reminders that life is fleeting. The people around us are the fabric of our lives. Take time today to do something for someone that is important to you for whatever reason and remember that we never know when it will be too late to hug a loved one, deliver a kind word, compliment an adversary or colleague, or thank someone for their contribution to our own life, success, or peace.