Jean Pierre Lambert

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Jean-Pierre Lambert and I met

Jean-Pierre Lambert and I met in grade school. We became friends from the start. After grade school he went to restaurant management school in Switzerland. When he returned to the U.S. to work, we renewed our friendship. He called me his brother and I called him mine. In our late 20's, our lives got more complicated and we didn't see each other as often. He told me he was gay in a phone call one evening. I should have known, but, nonetheless, I was surprised. Although it didn't affect my feelings toward him at all, I didn't process the information very quickly and I know that I should have said more than I did. We talked about getting together, but we didn't. I know that I should have taken the initiative, but it was a transitional time in my life. I know that, in the back of my mind, I thought things would settle down and I would see him again. However, before much time had passed, I learned that he had moved to San Diego. The next I heard of him was through my family, telling me that he had died of "cancer". I know that he moved to San Diego because of love and that he died with loved ones around him. But, I am writing this today to say that there was one loved one who was missing. And I will regret that he did not know that for the rest of my life.