Two weeks ago my friend, confidant, and hair dresser of 12 years passed away. Alan Marchand started styling my hair before I was a city councillor and continued until last March. In early May when I called for my regular appointment I was told Alan was off on medical leave. A few days later I saw him and his wife at the Relay for Life. He had been diagnosed with cancer. We hugged and chatted and then I was called up to the podium to say a few words. I looked down and saw him smiling bravely up at me and I was lost for words. August 15 he passed away and a celebration of his life was held at Shuswap Theatre August 24. I can’t believe he is no longer with us. I will miss our conversations and his encouragement and yes his talent. My deepest sympathy goes out to his beloved wife and daughter. I will miss you my friend.