After a day of tributes to the actor Sidney Poitier, his large family has issued a more personal statement about their fond memories of his warm relationship with them. They also noted that his faith in humanity never wavered, “… so you should know that for all the love you have shown him, he loved you.
Statement from the Poitier family:
“There are no words to convey the deep sense of loss and sadness that we are feeling right now. We are so grateful that you were able to spend your last day surrounded by your family and friends. To us, Sidney Poitier was not only a brilliant actor, activist, and a man of incredible grace and moral strength, he was also a devoted and loving husband, a supportive and lovable father, and a man who always put family first. He is our guiding light that illuminated our lives with infinite love and wonder. Her smile was healing, her hugs the warmest refuge, and her laugh was infectious.
“We could always turn to him for wisdom and comfort, and his absence feels like a giant hole in our family and in our hearts. Although he is no longer here with us in this realm, his beautiful soul will continue to guide and inspire us. He will live in us, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in every laugh, every curious question, every act of compassion and kindness. His legacy will live on in the world, and he will continue to inspire not only with his incredible work, but even more with his humanity.
“We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to each of you for the outpouring of love from around the world. Many have been touched by our father’s extraordinary life, his unwavering sense of decency and respect for his fellow man. His faith in humanity never wavered, so you should know that despite all the love you’ve shown him, he loves you too. “