My Sarah finally lost her battle to brain cancer on the 28th, surrounded by her amazing children, loving family and her absolutely incredible husband Grant.
Boy was I lucky to know her. Sarah & I met in NY as I had sent my art portfolio to her ballet shop in Scarsdale, a few weeks or so prior to my arriving there in 1999. We arranged to meet for the folio handover in a bar on Union Square and 6 cocktails in, I knew we were going to be in each others lives forever.
Sarah possessed a magical potion, which looking back was probably the elixir of life. It was a mix of being utterly stunningly beautiful to look at and then her even more beautiful nature. Sarah was a basic hippie mixed with a deep appreciation of the good things in life. She possessed a smile that would warm the cockles of anyone that was near her, had an ability to actually be the party and she was single-handedly my personal tutor in how to devour life, not just live it. Always a MASSIVE supporter of my painting & drawing, Sarah pushed me at times to produce new works that I had no idea I could, her feedback was always welcome.
Sarah didn’t just work at the ballet shop in Scarsdale, she bought the shop and I think this sums her up for me. Totally unafraid of life, Sarah charged through it with love and thankfulness at the forefront of her mind.
Marriage & motherhood arrived for us, her first born arrived a week before my own did, and together we raised our babies in London. Bugaboo’s, sore boobs & sleepless nights were talked about endlessly during long unboozy lunches and phone calls at 5 in the morning. She was a complete natural at being a mum and the loss I feel for each of her beautiful three children hurts. Thankfully though, Sarah married an amazing man with an amazing family and he is raising the babies, now 9, 7 & 5 beautifully along with his own wonderful family, mother & sister and Sarah’s brothers, her mum and a massively, hugely spider-web-like connection of loving friends and family all over the world that are testimony to the very special people that are Grant & Sarah. The connections of which of course, the children are blessed to have forever.
Sarah died in her forever home, aged 42, having packed in a life that an 80 year old would be proud to have had. Thank you for an amazing friendship Sharey Sarey and thank you for those one-on one lessons, the fruits of which I will carry with me always.
Until we meet again, in the cocktail bar in the sky sweet cheeks, see you in my prayers.
Your friend, Sam x