Mary McPartlan, in the middle of the photo, flanked by Gerry Driver and Lisa Knapp*
As the years pass, we get accustomed to hearing unwelcome news about contemporaries while also, and especially in these sad times, wondering about our own mortality.
That familiarity with death does not make it any easier to learn of the passing of those you valued, whether or not you actually knew them that well, or at all.
I never met the Irish singer, producer and broadcaster Mary McPartlan, who has died from cancer at 65. But her music made a significant impression on me and it was with great sadness that I saw this Facebook post from my confrere Colin Irwin ...