I am lost. I am confused. I feel like I'm walking around in a daze.
Someone very important to me passed away on Wednesday, someone who has always looked out for me and contributed in many ways to the person I am today.
Michael Whetton was my boss for seven years when I worked for Freemans. I started just after the August floods in Wollongong in 1998, I was nearly finished Year 12 and my sister Nic called me in a panic and asked me to come into the office to help. I met Michael that day and worked for him for the next seven years before i fell pregnant with Cooper.
Michael was a daily influence in my life, within a year I became his Personal Assistant and would spend alot of time one on one with him. He was the first one to tell you if you looked especially nice that day, but also the first to tell you if you looked like shit. Michael didn't mince his words, and we had our run ins, but I never lost respect for him and looked up to him like a father figure.
Michael taught me to be a perfectionist in my work, I have the work ethic I have today because of Michael. He was the sort of boss that gave back as good as he got...if you did the right thing by Michael, he always did the right thing by you.
Even when I stopped working for Michael in the office, I continued to do Michael's ironing every week. He always took the time to stop for a chat, and loved talking to my kids. He took Daniel to the cricket, took Daniel & I to dinner and even took me to the opera at the Opera House the one and only time I've ever been.
Only five weeks ago Michael found out he had cancer, which was a shock to everyone as he really wasn't ill. He retired from his job at Freemans that day. He spent the next five weeks in hospital, with the doctors trying everything they could to 'fix' him.
I had NO IDEA that the situation was this dire. When Michael's wife Anna called me on Thursday morning there was not one iota of me that thought she was going to tell me that Michael had passed away. I was dumbfounded, I didn't know what to say. Still today I can not believe it and expect Michael to pull up in my driveway any minute to drop the ironing off.
My love and thoughts are with Anna, Martin, Simone, David and the rest of the Whetton Family. I loved Michael and will never ever forget him.
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