Dear Mr. Paton:
Last week while attending a management meeting in Hartford, I heard your father had passed away after a long illness. I didn’t want to let the news go by without expressing to you how much I appreciated him during our long years together at Texaco.
With any new job, there are always difficult adjustments, relationships that cause conflict, and assignments that build stress. I had my share during those first few years, and your father was the individual who offered encouragement, support, and even advancement opportunities and referrals when it was within his power to do so. More than that career advice and networking, he became my friend, with all the camaraderie that label entails. Even though we hadn’t stayed in close contact since his retirement, I drew great comfort in knowing he “was there” for me should I need to talk. My only great regret is I didn’t phone him more often in his last year or two.
Would you please express my sympathies to the other family members?