A week has passed by from when I heard the terrible news, about the sudden death of Eamon. The reality of his passing away is still as hard to take in now, as it was then.
Eamon was about as good a husband, father, son, brother, neighbour and friend that you could possibly wish for and he will be sorely missed.
C.S.Lewis said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” that was Eamon. He was rightly proud of his family, of his community and his country. Of course with a name like McClean, his ancestral roots are the same as mine (both our fathers teased each other about that fact and the direction that both families took). Eamon used that pride to fuel his desire to bring children, families and communities together so that they would have a better understanding of each other. He was selfless though his charity work, fundraising by way of cycle rides and running.
We his friends and family have a responsibility to carry on that work, to find a better way to serve each other, to not accept something that is broken and not try to fix it. His heart will beat on as long as we fullfill our duty and follow his example.
My faith hope is, that I will walk again shoulder to shoulder with Eamon in a better land where there is no more sorrow or pain, where everything is perfect and we are bathed in the Glory of our Creator.
I close with these final lines from Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If”, I think it sums up the life of my friend..
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!