In Memoriam: Wynne Wagner

A friend of mine died yesterday (Tuesday August 30th, 2011).  We weren’t that close at the end.  In fact, I kept my distance perhaps more than I should have.  She was a good soul and a kind-hearted woman who helped me at a time in my life that was most difficult.

Years ago when I had no place to live, she took me into her home.  Years ago when I believed I had no friends, she was my friend.  She helped me become the therapist that I am.  She helped me understand the frailty of life and the challenges that come with it.  I did not deserve her kindness; yet she bestowed it without hesitation.

She worked in the film business – in post production.  She worked with the best of the best; people like George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola, and Ben Burtt.  She worked on many great films including  Amadeus, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Apocalypse Now.  She rose through the ranks to become a vice president of post production engineering for a major studio.  Not only did she work with the best, she was one of the best.

She faced daunting health issues which simply made her more resolved.  Wynne led an amazing life.

I am better for having known her and for her having been a part of my life.

Goodbye Wynne.  You were the best.

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” – Pope Paul VI