Many people know as much about the self storage business as what they see on television–battles for the contents of unpaid storage units.
Most people do not realize the connection a storage manager has with hundreds of lives of everyday people. So many stories from so many people of all walks of life. From time-to-time in my world I lose one of those people. Quite often an elderly tenant passes and then I help the family process all the appropriate paperwork that goes with clearing out the items left in storage.
Occasionally, the tenant is not elderly, as in the case of a true gentleman named Gary Cobb. Though Gary was only a few years younger than me, we were not buddies who went fishing or motorcycle riding together but we had several times where we would get together on the lot and shoot the breeze for a while. A former military man and a sergeant with the State Police, Gary enjoyed riding his motorcycles which he stored here at the facility I manage.
Although Gary passed last week from a battle with cancer, I take today, the day of his funeral, to say, “Fair winds and following seas for all eternity.”
My life was touched by a nice man and I will miss his presence. May the Lord welcome him into His arms.