Skip and his dear friend were discussing the long poem in the months before he died. I paragraphed the last 2 lines and I believe this is how he died, “and lies down to pleasant dreams”.
“A bou Ben Adhem”- This describes skip’s life- “I pray thee, then, write me as one who loves his fellow men”
“The essence of a man we know” was written by our son-in-law in 2005 for Skip’s 70th birthday. Eric died four years later following a liver transplant and left two small children ages 3 ½ and 6. He was 41 when her left us.