The Loss Of A Team Member And Friend, Hector Oliver
I am writing this to share with you my feelings as they are happening.
This blog is not just about real estate or marketing. It is also about my personal journey in business and in life.
Today, we lost a member of our team and extended family, Hector Oliver. Hector passed away in his sleep two nights ago from a heart attack. He was 39 and had a lovely wife and young daughter.
I have never had a member of our team pass away. My feelings are raw and unfamiliar.
Hector has been with me and the company for about a year. We had some ups and downs, but mostly ups and the guy was a real spark for our team.
Hector was always “beaming” about what was going on in the company and his excitement was contagious. He joined the company at a time when we were experiencing a ton of growth and so he had a front row seat to all of the new and exciting things that were happening.
He would often tell me how “he couldn’t believe his good luck” for getting hired. He was just a genuinely happy and sincere guy. He sent me at least 3 Thank You cards and notes this past year, more than I’ve ever received from any other member of our staff.
He just REALLY felt it and he did a great job of not only expressing his gratitude to me and my family, but to his fellow team members, and our customers.
I’m not exactly sure how to deal with the sudden loss. For some reason, this just feels different. It is hitting very close to home and rather than feel like I lost an “employee”, I feel like we lost a close member of our family.
My heart aches for his wife and young daughter and I am reminded of my own life, my own family, and how precious they both are to me.
I guess I am writing this to somehow express myself in a productive way and to make sure that everyone knows how precious life is, but also how one guy, doing what many would consider to be a low level job, could have a profound affect on so many people in a positive way.
Hector’s energy, charisma, and charm will be missed. It is important to me that everyone in our little “world” know that he was the real deal and truly cared as much as he led on when he was helping each of you.
Please keep his family in your prayers.