Out of Office – Remembering a Work Colleague


What happens when a recruitment manager tries to write a eulogy? Evan Williams listens in.

Rayne was many things: caring mother, successful businesswoman, beloved wife. But, most of all, she was a motivated self-starter.

Growing up, Rayne never had much in the way of money, a situation that fostered innovation when it came to finding entertainment. Rayne had to be agile and collaborative, learning to self-generate ideas for fun. Family members would joke in later years that this thrifty upbringing was why Rayne excelled in meeting savings targets! 

People who knew Rayne when she was young say she was always clever. Although she left school at just 15, it seemed as if she held a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. All her life, Rayne was never without a book. She had a proven track record of success in this field, finishing many books in her lifetime. 

If you needed wisdom or advice, Rayne was the ideal candidate. She really did possess outstanding communication skills, as well as unique insights.

At night, you could often find Rayne in her study, writing letters to her many friends. She had a real love of generating highly engaging content to a deadline.

I have never met anyone who developed and maintained such a high number of key relationships. Friends were paramount to Rayne. When you spoke with her, she had a way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room. Her interpersonal skills were that strong.

Rayne’s house was always full of people. Thankfully, she was a team player and had a proven ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Of course, guests never left without one of her famous cakes in a Tupperware container. As many people here know, Rayne demonstrated an ongoing interest in cooking. Her frangipane tart cultivated a large and dedicated audience.

But while Rayne had many friends, her family always came first. She was an integral part of their management structure and held a variety of hands-on roles. This was a challenging environment but she was solutions-driven, constantly striving to achieve positive household outcomes.

Her natural ability to help others succeed will be missed by those family members.

We will all miss Rayne. But we must remember her. And we will remember her in the way we act. 

When we tackle problems head-on, we will be remembering Rayne. When we show attention to detail in our peer-to-peer relationships, we will be remembering Rayne. When we are proficient in the use of Microsoft’s Excel and Word, we will be remembering Rayne.

I can feel Rayne up there, overseeing all her clients here today, and I know that when it comes to remembering her, she would have wanted us to follow best practice.

Goodbye Rayne. You will always live on in my network of industry connections. 

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