I was very sad to learn that Martin Lifshitz (Marty to his colleagues, Muttle to his nearest and dearest), my father’s best friend, and an extremely close friend of our family for my whole life, passed away last night. He would have been 96 on August 9th.
My father could not have had a better, closer friend. They were close since they were young, and Muttle was extremely supportive of my father throughout his whole life. I will forever be grateful for that.
They created a circle of friends, the Yackles, which grew stronger and wider with extended families throughout their lives.
They continued to talk on the phone all the time, even when they lived apart and had their own special “sign off” message together.
Muttle, and his wife, Mimi, always seemed to be a part of my life when I was growing up. It’s all but impossible to think of him not being here. He continued to email me even up to just a few months ago, letting me know how he was doing, and responding to my blog posts. Recently he promised to take some photos on his iPhone and email me some pictures.
In his last email to me, during the hanami season in Tokyo, he responded to a blog post of cherry blossoms in full bloom and wrote, “Your photos are beautiful and you look good too. I love hot weather. 85 would be good and that is why I live in Florida. Most days it is 80 something which is just right for me. Love your blogs. Keep it up. Love, Muttle.”
Now Muttle will be returning to New York to be laid to rest in the family grave with the Mimi I knew for so long.
My thoughts are with everybody in the family, and filled with good memories.