This is a great post:
I am saddened to hear of the passing of a great man, Judge Henry Leyte-Vidal.
My father, Abraham Safdie, recently died of Gallbladder Cancer. Many at the courthouse knew my father. He was a court interpreter, who four days prior to passing was made an honorary judge in a ceremony attended by more than fifteen judges. Judge Leyte-Vidal was one of those judges.
That day, my father seemed to have a sudden charge of energy given to him by these public servants.
Although, what many do not know is that Judge Leyte-Vidal visited my father at the hospital, almost every other day during those awful two and a half weeks. With every visit my father was energized with hope and love provided by this noble man. He also was a great comfort to my mother, sister, brothers and I.
His wife and three sons should know that he has earned a place in heaven, not necessarily for what he did on the bench, but more so for what he did as a private citizen, without fanfare, visiting cancer patients and providing inspiration and hope.
Charles A. Safdie