My Grandfather, Alfred Norbury Brown, died this past Saturday at age 93. He had his quirks, but always was one of my favorite people. He embodied curiosity, drive and authenticity. We shared a love for sailing, and a common obsession with practicality. He also was a pioneer in social media — far before there ever was an Internet. And nearly a decade ago — at 83 — he actually got on the Internet and made it part of his daily routine. While his body was signaling the end, just two-and-a-half weeks ago he was quizzing me about my new startup — his mind was that sharp. Most importantly, he dedicated himself to Nanna, and he loved his family.
Julian, Laura and I are going down to Holly Hill, Florida tomorrow to participate in a simple, Quaker funeral service, which takes place on Thursday. Rest in peace, Grandfather. Below is a picture of him with Nanna, Julian and me, taken on December 26, 2007.