JSS and I are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of our friend, Mike Edgington. Mike was one of the first friends we made in Grand Cayman, and he quickly became a favorite in every crowd. It's a testament to his warm nature that we were able to connect with him so deeply in such a short period of time. His laid-back personality combined with his smart British humor brought a special dynamic to our circle of friends. Mike never sought out attention, and yet he was the man to call for the latest goings-on. Always sporting a smile and always looking for the positive, Mike was infectious. Three months doesn't sound like a very long time to know someone, but the ache in our hearts doesn't feel any less painful. I wanted to jot down a few of my fond memories of Mike to convey a sense of who he was to me:
- His excitement every time (frequently) he had a full English breakfast delivered to work from Piccolo's
- Constant watching of USD to GBP exchange rates and stated desire to have the GBP tank so that his debts would be cheaper to pay.
- Insatiable desire to have the latest technology and toys; he was quickly nicknamed Inspector Gadget.
- His love of all things cycling; he's survived by seven lovely ladies (bicycles)
- His ability to transcend all groups; Mike seemed to be welcome in every clique, in every workplace, a testament to his humble, fun-loving nature.
- Scrambling around Cayman on the day of our Christmas party to find a very specific, very expensive "proper" bow tie (one that could be tied, or preferably, untied).
- That Yorkshire pudding is the most amazing thing I will ever taste (I still need to try it).
- His car, purchased for $1K, that was broken more often than working
- Inebriated midnight ocean swims that we all warned him were too dangerous
- A goofy smile that didn't quit
JSS and I were fortunate enough to spend the evening with Mike on his last night with us. Mike attended JSS' office Christmas party, sporting his beloved bowtie and his infectious smile. We spent the evening laughing and socializing until we left him to turn in for the evening. In typical Mike fashion, he simply moved on to the next party and group of friends. Mike was struck by a drunk driver while walking home and passed away from a head injury. Thankfully, Mike didn't suffer and the driver was apprehended.
Mike - we can't believe you're gone.
|Mike, third in from the left = two thumbs up for a quick pre-dinner dip with the guys.|
|EL, NS, and Mike living life to the fullest.|
Here are a few pictures from recent firm Christmas parties:
|Last photo taken - 12/17/2010|
Mike Edgington. 1984-2010. Loved and missed.