While work commitments precluded our attendance, several of our friends made the trip over to Tamassee, South Carolina yesterday evening for the remembrance and celebration of Cliff’s life with Lisa, Molly and Anna. The gathering was held at the aforementioned Tamassee DAR School which is also where Cliff and Lisa exchanged their wedding vows.
A close friend who travelled to Salem from Tucker, Georgia with her husband estimated well over three hundred of the Davis’ family and friends came to share their stories, recollections and anecdotes of times spent with Cliff and to spend time with Lisa and the girls who, from all accounts, appeared to be doing well and focusing on what’s next. Other members of our ‘tandem family’ travelled to Tamassee from Louisville & Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as well as a North Carolina contingent from Charlotte, Graham, and Taylorsville.
At present, Lisa and her daughter Anna are still planning to attend one of the major, upcoming tandem rallies and discussing riding configurations with our friends from Tucker, i.e., perhaps spending time on a triplet and/or with Lisa and Anna on Lisa’s Santana tandem… remembering that they had previously ridden that very same tandem cross-country back just six years ago. It will be great to see, visit and ride with Lisa and Anna over the weekend and we — like all of our friends — are encouraged to see that tandeming will remain a special part of the Davis’ family’s lifestyle going forward.
As for what caused Cliff to collapse, a ‘major heart attack’ has apparently been been cited as the primary cause. Subsequent discussions between Lisa and the attending cardiologist will hopefully yield additional details that will clarify the diagnosis. It would be instructive to know if it was a blockage (heart attack or MI) or a sudden cardiac arrest (SCD) and of any relationship this cardiac event may share with another collapse Cliff experienced while riding last year. Sadly, we have lost several dear friends to cardiac disease, SCDs and MIs over the past few years and without warning. The latter stands as a vivid reminder of why we should always cherish every moment of our lives on this Earth. After all, time truly is the most scarce and finite of all our resources since we can’t really save it, we certainly can’t buy more and truly don’t know how much we really have in the first place.
In closing, I am once again reminded of the joy, laughter, devotion and love that surrounded Cliff and everyone whose life he touched… and we feel privileged if not honored to have been one of many, many friends whose lives were touched.