Some sad news today. Uncle Dan, the eldest of Mum's five brothers, died this afternoon. He was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in early 2008 although it was only six weeks ago that his cancer became terminal. From there it was a very rapid decline indeed.
Dan captained Air New Zealand 747s for many years. He invested his (considerable) salary in the stock market and made several squillion dollars by employing a long-term buy-and-hold strategy. He had a number of Warren Buffett books on his shelves. Dan's reluctance to spend his wealth (he and his wife lived in the same house in Christchurch's Memorial Avenue since the sixties) didn't go down too well with some members of the family but I always got on well with him. He was a pretty decent golfer too.