Dec 21, 1939 – Oct 30, 2020
There is an adage that says feelings are hard to put into words.
And until you are faced with that situation, you never truly know how that will affect you.
Uwe Finger was a member of SCWA for as what he would say, “a hell of a long time”, with a chuckle.
A man of few words, but what he did say- we would all listen to intently, knowing we would pick up a bit of experience and knowledge from a man that had truly been there and done that.
Pearls of wisdom were tossed in amongst what was always a well-spun tale, full of humour and laughs, and thought-provoking nuggets, always leaving you with a “hmmm. THAT’S what he meant”- often hours later at 2am it would hit you.
I had the honour of presenting him with a Life Membership at our Banquet a couple years ago. Humbly, but with his ever-present smile, he attended the stage and shook my hand and gave the ever so slightest hug -whispering one more quip that shall stick with me, silently- forever.
We lost Uwe last Friday.
He was on a hunting trip, with one of his best friends. The doctor has said he passed quickly of natural causes.
If there is any consolation, there is nowhere else he would rather be than outdoors, enjoying the backcountry.
Now, back to those words I have been so desperately searching for as I write this.
Uwe, my friend.
The words I cling to, that I keep coming back to this whole time are simply “Thank you.”
For the lessons you taught.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” – Henry David Thoreau
Rest easy my friend, we will miss you.