Back in my single days, I dated four people who had birthdays during this middle week of January. I always wondered what it was that attracted these mid-winter babies to a summer person like me.
One of these old flames was Stefan Schack, whose birthday was today (January 16). Sadly, this was a birthday that Stefan did not live to see. He passed away on July 29, 2014.
Stefan had a beautiful, deep voice. He was a man with devoted friends. And, he had a keen photographer's eye. (His Instagram account is a wonderful tribute to his love for architecture and the places he visited.)
Via Facebook, I still can read the messages that Stefan and I exchanged. After Eric and I announced our engagement, he was so gracious, writing, "Hey stranger - heard you are getting married! Just wanted to say congratulations - wish you the best ... "
I pray that you are resting in peace, Stefan. The world is less for your early passing.
And, "Happy Birthday!" one last time.