Celia Brackenridge has died at her home after a long illness.
It is the news we (my wife Sue and I) have been dreading for some time. Now it is here we are at a loss. Sue has known Celia since the 1960s.
I am one of her late 1970s friends.
I have been wondering how to celebrate a life that has touched so many people in so many different fields.
For now, I am going to remember a cello playing lacrosse player who brought music to the lives of those she touched.
I was fortunate to say this in person to Celia when we met for our last time.
I imagine there are people all over the world, like Sue and myself, who are lamenting the loss of a most wonderful friend.
Today, we have found ourselves smiling as well to celebrate a special life. This comment from The Guardian broadened our smiles for and about our friend.
By nature a rebel, Celia would challenge authority, whether at local, national or Olympic level, to take action to protect young people in sport – often facing hostility from those who would not believe that such a problem existed.
She helped anyone who was prepared to listen to understand that these problems did exist.