Last week we lost a beloved member of the JB Goodwin family; Chris Sachs died unexpectedly in a boating accident on Thursday. He was a much loved and respected agent, trainer, sales manager and all-around bright spot in the day at our office for the past 13+ years. He was charming and funny, with a near constant smile and positive outlook. He was usually the first person agents would turn to for help or advice (personal or professional), use as a listening post, or just grab a drink with and bask in his good humor. He would chat up anyone he met, in any setting. He had a huge didactic streak, and would carry on lively conversation on any number of topics. He would organize happy hours on the drop of a hat, just because. He was old fashioned enough to open doors for any women who rode in the car with him, and he absolutely didn’t mind that someone might think him old-fashioned for doing what he considered just good manners. He was a truly devoted husband and father, and always spoke of his family in glowing terms.
His absence is will be keenly felt by all those who knew and loved him for quite some time to come. It still hardly feels real that he is gone. His memorial service is today in Austin; I’m out of the country as I write this and can’t be there as I want to be to commiserate with everyone else feeling this loss (and this lost), so I decided to write my own short tribute to a dear friend and colleague I thought the world of and already miss terribly.
Rest in peace, Chris.