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悼念约翰.格里德尼 John Gladney(1950-2010)

徐建勋法海无边博客 仲平译          录入于 April 11, 2010 at 12:18:43:

3天前,我拿起我的手机像往常一样打电话给我的病了十多年的朋友,约翰格拉德尼,问他他是如何应对自己的疾病。从另一端,我听到一个非常年轻的声音,显然不是约翰的,我问,我跟约翰讲话好吗。然后接电话的人问我是谁,然后带来了令人难以置信的消息对我说:约翰上周去世了,他刚与癌症斗争不久。

约翰就这样离开了我们,这么快,没有一点声息。

约翰是我的朋友,我的同事,而事实上,在过去12年也是我的导师。

约翰是一个很招人喜欢的家伙,他会去很远的路会见他的客户和他的朋友。约翰比我资格老很多,但在他心里,他只是像“简单的儿童”纯粹并且用几乎无辜的方式看事情。

约翰实在是一个顽固守旧的律师:他几乎是电脑文盲,这就是为什么我们没有从他身上留下任何电子邮件,他不会打字,他必须明示他的秘书所有的一切。然而,这一切只是象征。他是一个老式的律师,因为他用旧的方式从事律师业务,即律师行业从来就不是一个企业,而是一个专业行业,一个客户更像一个朋友,律师的收费并不是目的,而是谈判协商的手段。他接案子不是因为他们赚钱与否,而是因为他相信他的事业,可以帮助客户。

约翰对我来说是一个成功的律师:这并不是说他执业的律师帮他发了财,我打赌他可以。但是,作为一个老式的人,他不关心那么多,不重视这些事情。

约翰是一个帮助了许多人的人,尤其是我。过去10年来,我一直频繁参与诉讼的事项,对那些,我说约翰可能是在法庭规则和惯例的真正的专家和天才。在我的记忆中,我从未有一个问题他没有作出令人满意的正确的答案。

约翰是一个理想主义者,也是一个浪漫的人。他对钱的态度是只要能维持他的生活方式,并不奢侈。

最近几年,他在休斯顿华人社区投入强烈兴趣和爱好,他的许多客户的确都是中国人。他告诉我,他曾经访问过中国,并非常喜欢它。他对我说,他希望再去那里了。

约翰不希望变成任何人的负担,他从来没有。他的逝世也反映这一点-他指示他的家人尽快埋葬他,甚至不要作正式宣布。

约翰,你这么快就离开我们,我得知你得癌症后还想拜访你,想请你让我知道,如果你在你的办公室。

我想告诉你,你一直跟我们在一起,我们会永远记得你。

我希望你在天堂安息和平。

* 徐建勋是得克萨斯州休斯敦执业律师,业务领域包括商业诉讼及商业移民。

Three days ago, I picked up my cell phone and as usual made a phone call to my friend of over ten years, John Gladney, to ask him how he was coping with his illness. From the other end, I heard a much younger voice, apparently not John's, and I asked may I talk to John. Then the receiver asked who I was and then brought the unbelievable news to me: John passed away last week after a short fight with cancer.

John left us just like that, so quickly and without a sound.

John had been my friend, my colleague, and indeed, my mentor for the past twelve years.

John was a well-liked fellow and he would go extra miles for his friends and his clients. John was much senior than me, but in his heart he was just like “child-simple,” pure and looking at things mostly in an innocent way.

John was a die-hard old-fashioned lawyer indeed: he was almost computer illiterate and that was why we didn't have any emails left from him and he didn't type and he had to dictate everything to his secretary. However, all this was symbolic. He was an old- fashioned lawyer because he practiced law in the old-fashion way, that is, lawyering was never a business, but a profession; a client was more like a friend, attorney's fees were not the ends, but the means, subject to negotiation. He took cases not because they were lucrative or not, but because he believed in the cause and he could help for the client.

John was a successful lawyer to me: it's not that he made a fortune by practicing law and I bet he could. But again, as an old-fashioned one, he didn't care about that much and didn't pay much attention to those things.

John was a helper to many, especially to me. In the past ten years, I've been frequently involved in litigation matters, on which I may say John was a true expert and genius on court rules and practices. In my memory, I never got a question that he didn't give a satisfactory and indeed, the right answer.

John was an idealist and a romantic person. He cared about money only to the point his lifestyle could be maintained, which was nothing extravagant.

In his recent years, he somehow developed strong interest and fondness in the Houston Chinese community and many of his clients were indeed Chinese. He told me he visited China once and liked it very much. He expressed to me he would want to go there again.

John didn't want to burden anyone, and he never did. His passing reflected that as well--he instructed his family members to bury him as quickly as they could, and didn't even make a formal announcement.

John, you left us in such a hurry and I was thinking of visiting you upon knowing you got cancer and requested that you let me know if you were around your office.

I want to tell you, you were with us, and we'll remember you forever.

I wish you rest in peace in heaven.

*James X. Shu is a practicing attorney in Houston, Texas in areas of business, business litigation and business immigration.



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