I just found out that a friend of mine passed away yesterday. It wasn’t one of those friends that I hung out with all the time. Actually I had not seen Roger Eklöf for many years. But we found each other on Facebook after many years and spoke often about “old times”.
First time I met him was at a party back in 1984. He had recently moved to Stockholm from the higher and northern parts of Sweden. I remember him being so funny. Great lovable accent that made me laugh a lot. A very endearing man, no doubt.
In the 1990s our paths crossed again and we used to hang out with mutual acquaintances. The conversations I had with him were often about politics and music. And those would last far into the night. I was always so very impressed by his “left” views which I fully shared. He was incredible well spoken and had great knowledge and rational beliefs. Either it was working class matters or injustice in the world. He had a very logical and wise way of thinking and most of all a very humanitarian point of view. I would have easily voted for him!
Another passion he had was music. All his friends know this. Because not only was he a living encyclopedia when it came to music, he was an excellent guitar player himself. We had endless topics about Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Yngwie, Frank Marino, Rainbow, he loved it all!
About a year ago a mutual friend of ours, Jens Kask, passed away and Roger and I were sad about this and discussed the unfairness of Jens passing away so early in life. Without premonition Roger has now joined his friend.
By reading all the comments on his Facebook I can tell that he was a very loved man and that he made a deep impact on the people he met, one way or another.
To me it seemed like Roger lived life to its fullest. I am not entirely sure about the cause of death, but apparently he had a cardiac arrest. I am very sorry about this news. He was way to young to say goodbye yet and will be missed.
My condolences to his dear family, relatives and close friends : (
I dedicate this song to you Roger! “Air the Bach” – A wonderful piece played by Uli John Roth.