At 12:32 p.m., earlier “today” (technically yesterday, by now), I received an email from my class agents from Wabash College, just an update on what’s going on since we graduated. It contained some distressing and unexpected news: Shayne Dube, the guy I roomed with for the first semester of freshman year, died last month. It was September 18, 2009.

I can’t believe I’m just finding out about it. I guess that goes to show we kind of lost touch after a while. He moved into a single, in a quieter building, in the second semester. The next school year, I moved into a single as well, in the same building. He was just a few doors down, and it was nice to talk to him every once in a while. He was a great guy. Gentle and kind, almost to a fault, if there is such a thing. I remember he had a pet bearded dragon. I forget the name, but now I wonder if it’s still alive and who is taking care of it. I think he had other animals at home.

I wish I had kept in contact more, after he moved to another building to become an R.A. for our junior and senior years. We sorted of lost touch after that, and now, more than ever, I feel terrible about that. Shayne was the first student I ever had contact with at Wabash. I remember getting that first email from him, introducing himself. It was a reply to a message I sent out to him and my other roommate, Jon.

Here is his reply:

wassup man? not a whole let here. i just got you email right now czu i
haven’t logged on to my webmail for a while, so i hope you don’t feel like
i didn’t want to send you a reply or anything like that.

anyways, my name is shayne dube (as you already know) and i graduated from
ben davis high shchool in indianapolis. i’m originally from zimbabwe,
which is in southern africa, and i only just moved here a little less than
5 years ago. i haven’t been up to much this summer; i worked a little bit
and spent as much time as possible hanging out with friends. i’ve actually
been out of school since i graduated in may last year (2004).

i’m not much for emails because i usually prefer talking on the phone so
the best way to find out more about me would be to talk on the phone. so
if you’re interested you can call me on my cell phone [and here he gave his cell number
]. i
have it with me at all times so anytime you call i’ll most likely be able
to answer it.

right now i’m about to go swimming with my friends

lata

shayne

I can’t believe that was more than 4 years ago now. And more than that, I can’t believe he’s gone.

Rest in peace, Shayne. You did some really good things at school and in the community, and I miss you already.

Lata.

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