I’ve been thinking about Ian McKee for the last several days… and thinking of his wife, Margaret Wright. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might recognize those names – Ian and Margaret are our friends who live in the loft building in Phoenix where we spent our days as our motorhome was renovated in February.
Ian suffered a heart attack on Thursday, March 24, and died the following day. It was completely unexpected and sudden. My heart aches for Margaret.
We first met Margaret and Ian on the internet; they were good friends of our friends, Fred and Jo Wishnie. When we were in Phoenix in December of 2009, we met them in person at a restaurant they recommended, the Blue Adobe Grill (which has since become a favorite). As happens often in the RV community, we had a great time with them, and stayed in touch. When we needed a place to stay during our renovations, they suggested the loft and worked with the owner and with us to make that happen.
During our stay, we dined out a few times with them, enjoyed drinks together on the rooftop, and were lucky guests when Margaret and Ian hosted us for dinner in their beautiful loft overlooking downtown Phoenix. I remember discussing travel plans for the summer, when they would take off with their 5th wheel to escape the heat of Phoenix. We had plans, too, and we all enjoyed envisioning those long summer days to come. As we sat talking, none of us imagined how abruptly those plans would change for Ian and Margaret, and what heartache was on the horizon.
Now, Ian and Margaret are often in my thoughts – and his unexpected passing is a sharp reminder to savor each moment, to cherish our loved ones, to renew our appreciation and gratitude each day. Ian clearly enjoyed his time, and we were lucky to share some of it with him. Rest in peace, Ian.