Here is an except from a letter that Vernon’s eloquent mother wrote about him last week:
“Our dearest Vernon has passed to a life without pain, dialysis, feeding tubes, parched throat and not always remembering what he wanted to say or how to express himself and many things besides.. Oh the frustration he must have suffered for these past two and a quarter years spent, either in bed, or in a wheelchair. It was no life, especially for a man who cycled as much as he possible could and loved to feel the wind, rain and sun on his face. Now he will not only walk, but have the power to fly. From a tiny boy of three years old, he would draw flying objects and cities unknown to us, his parents. This continued until he was about seven and school sports took over. When we had questioned him about his drawings he said that the cities were in the sky a long long way away. He always believed that if humans didn’t respect our World we would destroy it and we would have nowhere to go. Today, the World Leaders are looking to other Galaxies for new planets that could sustain human life. As a tiny boy Vernon was way before his time. Now he is free to fly amongst the stars and find the places that his drawings depicted. He has important work to do in his new life and we respect this. Words cannot express how difficult it will be for all of us, his much loved family, to continue in a life without him, As Vernon’s parents we gave him life, but we never owned him. As parents we must always respect that our children are placed in our care to help them develop in the best possible way, but they are only on loan to us, and we must always let them go to fulfill their destiny.”
2016, what a year, David Bowie AND Vernon Adams. Not to mention a plethora of other people who were awesome their short time on Earth. How privileged we were to have you while we did.