Jerry Sternin left us last week. He was my friend, teacher, mentor, father, advisor, guidance counselor, match-maker, and most of all, a good human being. My time at Tufts would have been a lot different without Jerry and his sense of humour. Heavens, I might have taken life seriously!
In the following weeks, months and years, there will emerge a plethora of stories about how “jerry was amazing to do this” and “Only a good soul like Jerry would have done that”, and more. It’s all TRUE. It’s already emerging: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/hbreditors/2008/12/jerry_sternin_an_appreciation.html All the brilliant facets of this diamond named Jerry will show themselves gradually, as was his style! On a related note, it makes me wonder that if the good people leave early, then this world is going to go to the dogs pretty soon.
I read the following at his memorial service:
Jaatasyahi Dhruvo Mrityuhu Dhruvam Janma Mritasya Cha
Tasmad Apariharyerthe Natwam Shochitum Arhasi
It’s from Chapter 2 of the Bhagavad Gita, Verse 27.
It translates into:
For one who has taken his birth, death is certain; and for one who is dead, birth is certain. Therefore, in the unavoidable discharge of your duty, you should not lament.
We are awaiting your next incarnation, Jerry!
Jerry, however, would have liked to have Lex to read this out aloud:
“Life is not a journey to the grave with intentions of arriving safely in a pretty well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming … WOW! What a ride!”
Now, that’s more like his style! 🙂