Updated: Nov 8
Important Note to All Construction Superintendents: PLEASE stop underestimating your massive impact on the people you work with and around!
We had a very challenging project a little over 9 years ago now. I was the Project Manager, and he was actually one of our Carpenters (a REALLY good one). He loved what he did and didn't really want to be a Super, but we were short-handed and needed to fill the role (labor shortages).
We had our disagreements, our challenges, and our spats, just like any project team, but I don't really remember what they were about. What I do remember is that he was such a positive person, a proud Veteran and that he enjoyed riding his Harley with his wife and friends. I remember he had a daughter he was so incredibly proud of and that he ate a hard-boiled egg every day for breakfast at the job site. He cared about the project and everyone who stepped onto the project. He was such an amazing person, and it turned out to be one of my favorite projects.
He passed away a few years ago from a heart attack.
I recently saw him in a dream. I was on a construction project, and a temporary pedestrian bridge was being repaired. He was at the entrance to the bridge, and I quickly recognized him and gave him a big ol' bear hug. We then sat down on some pallets and chatted for a bit, just like we frequently did on that project years ago. We talked about where to find good workboots of all things.
I don't cry often, but I cried that next morning. I miss him.
He, along with many others I have had the privilege to work with throughout my career, continue to be the inspiration and motivation for what I do now and why I do it.
Again, please stop underestimating your impact. You are seen, appreciated, and valued by those of us who get the privilege to work with you.
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