Predictably, there was a huge turn-out for the Celebration of Life Friday at Mount Albert Lions Club Hall for Peter Wright.
'That's how Peter would have wanted it."
Most of them - of us - were motorsport connections, since cars were his passion.
But some of his friends knew little about his love affair with cars and competition. They knew him from sailing, from fishing, or from riding dirt bikes.
No matter; the stories all ended the same, about his smile, his laugh, his positivity.
A video loop showed Peter running his beloved Datsun 240Z in a slalom at Picton Kartway. He executed every corner flawlessly, taking the car to within millimetres of the apex every lap, with nary a bobble at the wheel.
"Smoothness," said Mike Acerra, one of his erstwhile competitors. "That's what he was all about."
The shot to the left shows the Datsun with his orange 'Contact Patch' van in the background; 'Contact Patch' was the name of his tire service company which supported motorsport events around the province.
As the Celebration drew to a close, three things came to mind, and/or were mentioned by the speakers, things we should all remember at times like these.
First, somebody should remember to tape these Celebrations. Repeat viewings can provide great comfort to those left behind.
Second, don't let friends and family grieve alone. Stay in touch, call them, invite them for dinner. Don't let the Celebration end today.
Third, as noted above, there was lots of love expressed for lots of people in that room today. If there is someone you love or admire, for whatever reason, don't wait until it's too late to tell them to their face.
Tell them today.