Rest in Peace Sir Brix
Last Saturday, I was given the opportunity to speak in front of all Sir Brix Palmes’ friends and relatives to give my eulogy for him as a friend and as a student. Allow me to share my eulogy to him in this blog. I believe, most of his students share the same sentiments and fond memories of Sir Brix.
November 21, 2009 – Tablon Chapel
Back in college, I would remember this teacher going around the halls of Xavier University with his toothbrush inside his shirt pocket and his towelette dangling from his back pocket. We called him Patrick Swayze or Richard Gere because of his build and gray streaks in his hair. Sir Brix, as we fondly called him was the epitome of someone who taught by example. As a teacher, he was indeed strict, but strict enough to make us do our work right and a friend enough to let us know that he believed in us and that we could approach him whenever we had problems with our projects or concerns with AIMS (Ateneo Information Management Society), our IM organization then. He was a friend and confidant to all of us.
When Jun and I started our IT company, at the time when we weren’t recognized yet in the business community, sir Brix was the one who kept on pushing us and telling us that he was so proud of us, of what we were doing and of what we were trying to attain. He never stopped believing in us. He even stood up for us when others tried to put us down. We only knew about this after several years.
Last year, we were fortunate enough that he joined our company as a consultant for our software team. For a couple of months, we were blessed to have him with us, seeing him again with his toothbrush and towelette. Yet it was at that time of the year that his illness was taking the best of him. He had to travel to Manila for his treatments. Even at that time when he was getting sicker and sicker, he still showed that he was on top of his game, that he could still do his work and the he was still a great example.
I am fortunate that as a student and as a friend, I was able to talk to him then, to say “thank you” to him for all the wonderful things he has taught us, for the values he has instilled in us as professionals and friends. I am fortunate that what I am saying to you now is just and echo of what Jun, all his students and myself has been saying to him when he was still around.
To his wife, Ma’am Vick and to his children, we thank you for sharing Sir Brix with us. He has indeed left a legacy in each and every student and friend. We love him dearly and we will continue to thank him for his teachings and good heart. We will indeed miss him but know that you will see a piece of him in each of us, his students and friends, as we try our best to continue the trail he has blazed for so many. Good bye Sir Brix. Rest in Peace.