1/10/22, Sidney Poitier


A beloved friend has passed away. I have met three or four truly extraordinary people in my lifetime, who made a life changing impact on me, and on the world. Sidney Poitier was among those few. An icon, a legend, a brilliant man, a rare soul, immensely talented, elegant of spirit, wise, gentle, powerful, his voice was mesmerizing, he lit up the world, beautiful in every way, a treasured friend, vastly admired by all who knew him. I was so lucky to know him, he was a wonderful writer, as well as a brilliant actor. So many talents in one person. So much goodness in one soul. Full of fun and mischief, dignity and gravitas, wonderful husband to Joanna, and father to his daughters, and extraordinary friend. He chose his roles carefully for the ethics he portrayed, the message he delivered. He came to San Francisco secretly once, and hid in a hotel, in order to surprise me at a gala event with an award I cherish, for my work with our foundation for the mentally ill. He led a wonderful life, left millions with the gifts of his talent, he had a noble run and lived to a great age. But there is a hole in the world today, and in my heart knowing he is gone. My children and I mourn him. He left us all infinitely richer for having known him. Godspeed, beloved friend, we will miss you


photo credit: Thomas J. Gibbons

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  1. Lynn Newburgh January 11, 2022 12:26 pm

    I have been reading your books for many many years Im always watching for your new ones and I always get the hardback books and I have all of them. I share my books with friends so I have every one hooked. You should be very proud of your accomplishments. Just wondering if there is a way I could sign up for everytime you have a new book they will mail it to me. You are a beautiful woman and an amazing author. Keep up the good work.

  2. Rob Scott January 16, 2022 2:34 am

    Thank you, Danielle,

    I see such joy in that photo!

    A quote from “The Measure of A Man” by Sidney Poitier that has stayed with me:

    “The difference between a boy and a man is patience.”

    He wrote this about his mother:

    —”My mother was an amazing person. She taught me to be kind to other women. She believed in family. She was with my father from the first day they met. All that I am, she taught me.”


    Rob Scott