He was concentrated sunshine. The radiant smile, the kind words, often thoughtfully encouraging, the fist bump that made me feel my day had, whatever else happened, started right. Darrell McClure, security guard at the Georgia Tech Library, died over the weekend at age 54. All of us who worked there are stunned... he was working and seemed fine last week, and then he was gone. All of us are finding out that we thought our relationship with Darrell was special, but he was that way with everyone. The library staff and the students he greeted are in shock, and all feel it is impossible to imagine the Library without his steady and happy presence. I can't imagine the loss his family is going through, and they should know what a difference he made in so many people's lives.
It is easy to get into the habit of thinking only the rich and powerful have an affect on the world, and one despairs because their effect is often harmful. But it isn't true. Darrell is a role model of what a life should be, the person who made everyone's day brighter. Blessings to you, dear man. We will miss you.