My heart aches for his wife, Laura. The two were incredibly fortunate to have met each other, two souls meant to be together. Here is his obituary. And her heartfelt thoughts.
I heard the news while I was out with Sawako for her farewell dinner; she and William are moving to California tomorrow. I shared with her what had happened, and she told me about a Japanese belief: that the souls of loved ones who have passed remain with us for 49 days. And in that period, we should let our emotions pour out: sadness, grief, anger. Our loved ones will witness the depth of our love, and can then be at peace and prepared to travel up to heaven. I like that. Laura's faith has a similar belief; for one week after Kevin's passing, she was "sitting shiva" in her home every evening. Friends and family were invited to join her and to bring gifts of food and togetherness.