I am at a loss for words and also a loss of what I can do to recognize or acknowledge how much I just thought of Gary. He was a broker from Wisconsin and I am not sure how much of a hole he has left on so many in commercial real estate, but I am sure it is going to be a big hole to fill. In addition, Gary was so well loved by his family and close friends and he had an incredible support system helping him through his sudden illness. Gary was just a little shy of turning 60 and that is just too young for anyone in the prime of their life.
There is no telling how many other people Gary has touched through our new virtual networks in today’s fast-paced world.
Although, I knew Gary was ill, I am still shocked right now and I am I just trying to do something to publicly recognize him and get the word out to as many of our CRE friends possible. Also, I just cannot imagine that his profile will ever need to be deleted from tBL. That just does not seem to make sense to me. I cannot imagine not seeing his smiling face pop up on the site or his various posts and comments on discussions or blogs, like CREOutsider, which he was a big fan of!
When I conceived of doing theBrokerList site, I did not really think about the loss of our members, like Gary or any of our members. I just was not prepared to consider this. Who would have thought that social media, the internet or commercial real estate could bring us so close to people, although our geographies are so far apart. We are with these people, like Gary, day in and day out and we do bond. We form strong, written bonds that are much different than a physical, local, bond, but they are still bonds.
I am turning to all of our members, in honor of Gary to truly ask all of you what to do as I never thought about our members passing away. I would hate to have an obituary or do anything that would not be appropriate, but on the other hand I want to be able honor someone that we all know and respect and feel has truly made a difference in our industry, especially Gary!
Gary has helped so many and he should live on as a reminder to us all. He has been such an inspiration to me and has done so much for me and tBL, so I struggle with what is appropriate as a website owner of a membership group like tBL? I guess I just never thought this through and since I just learned of this, I know it is so time sensitive, so I wanted to get this blog distributed.
In lieu of flowers, Gary has requested that all memorials please be sent to his wife Cindy to be disbursed to charities according to his wishes. Please share a memory or a condolence with the Seidel family on the funeral home website.
For now, here is what we want to share:
Gary’s motto for us all to remember: Onward, upward, and forward!
Obituary – Brian Mark Funeral Home -Gary R. Seidel
Gary Seidel – http://thebrokerlist.com/gary-seidel
Caring for Gary – Facebook page
Linkedin – Gary Seidel