18 May

imageMay 16. That marks the fifth anniversary of my brother’s death.

By his late 30’s and 1,000’s of cigarette packets later, he had been a Banker in Switzerland, had a couple of heart attacks, bypass surgery and retired. I was living in Japan and started running. He won $250,000 on Who Wants To Be  A Millionaire, bought Don Bradman’s baggy green from the Invincibles tour… and then, by the time Tim was in his late 40’s… he was dead. I received the phone call that he had had a fatal heart attack as I was running the North Face 100 kms in the Blue Mountains in 2009. I was at the 81km mark at the bottom of a huge hill we call Kedumba. I had no mobile phone reception until then and decided to finish the race. I had my hand heavily bandaged after surgery to repair nerves and fractures after a crush injury and my dog had just died… that was a huge unlucky 3. Nothing more could go wrong.

So today I packed up my tent super early to try to get into a town with reception.


My other brother ( yeah, the one that’s still around…) had emailed me stuff about my Dad that needed addressing….. Sort of sad day as it was supposed to be a day  to just think about Tim…. Being in Switzerland and all.

Rosie messaged me to say she was eating Tim Tams for Tim. Love that girl. Thanks for remembering. Then I went all crazy when I saw a Bernese Mountain dog and started crying.


Anyhow. It was a super windy day, trees down and I wasn’t about to pay Swiss over the top money for a room while I’m miserable, so I camped out in my tent to see just how miserable I could be.



12 Responses to “Tim”

  1. Carol Greenwood May 18, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Such an emotional piece Jane, you are to be admired.

    • janetrumper May 18, 2014 at 3:23 am #

      Thanks Carol. I wasn’t going to let all this out.. But what the hell. Some days aren’t diamonds. xox

  2. Renaroo May 18, 2014 at 3:27 am #

    Lots of love, always. Love never dies but goes on for eternity.

  3. lindywia May 18, 2014 at 6:27 am #

    Sometimes its good to just let out Janie, better out than in- xxooxx

  4. malcolmlaw May 18, 2014 at 6:50 am #

    Love you Jane Trumper – you are SO human 🙂

    • janetrumper May 18, 2014 at 10:28 am #

      Love to catch up with you when we are in the same city…. Give Sal a hug. Great job on TNF ! xox

  5. Debbie Newton Jeffrey May 18, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    A nice remembering. Vale Tim.

  6. Merry May 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm #

    from one of us to another – May 6 was 19 years – feel your heartache, feel your raw emotion – sending you massive hugs – stay safe and keep posting – it’s good therapy xx

  7. Mark Latchford May 18, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    Jane… Also thinking of Tim today. Big hugs.. He was one life’s characters and no doubt the smartest guy I ever knew. His nocturnal life at university exhausted us just watching. He would be smiling albeit it with cig. in hand, at your pilgrimage

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