Farewell Sergio Ovelar
On the 26th of April Sergio Ovelar passed away in his sleep at the age of 50
On the 26th of April Sergio Ovelar passed away in his sleep at the age of 50. It was a peaceful passing and as of today, the 7th of May, no one knows the cause. He was laid to rest on the 4th of May.
Sergio's passing was a shock to many people, myself included. I have know Sergio for over 20 years and had just caught up with him for drinks a few weeks prior. There was no indication anything was amiss.
We met for the first time in the 1990s through a mutual friend. Two years later we were sharing a house together. Though we lived very different lives we regularly caught up with friends at barbecues, State of Origin nights and World Cup soccer matches (Italy versus Australia at some ridiculous time in the morning). A very sociable person and a friendly person, Sergio was always fun to have around. He was quick witted, intelligent and composed. I always felt comfortable in his presence.
One of my favourite memories of Sergio was one where we were trying to catch a mouse in our house. It ran under Sergio's bed and stopped right in the middle. I armed Sergio with a shoe box and he knelt on the floor at one end of the bed. The plan was for me to scare the mouse and for Sergio to catch it by placing the box over it. I scared the mouse and it ran toward Sergio. I heard a shreak, not dissimilar to Ned Flanders, and the shoe box flew into the air. Sergio was terrified; it was a hilarious scene. Needless to say the mouse got away.
Sergio leaves behind a beautiful wife, step children, family and so many friends. The turn out at his funeral was large, a tribute fitting for a wonderful person. Life will not be the same without him. Every time we arrange an event we will be thinking of him as he will not be there. his passing seems almost surreal. It is hard to believe he is not around and I find myself thinking about him every day.
Sergio's passing leaves a void that no man can fill. we will grow used to the void in time but we will always know it is there. I miss you Sergio and will always remember you as a wonderful person I had the priveledge of befriending. Hopefully our spiritual paths will cross again.