I just heard that a guy who worked for me 15 years ago just died. He was ten years younger than I, which makes him way too young to go. He was one of those guys that you want working for you - bright, motivated, hard working, glass-half-full attitude. I could ask him to put together a particularly difficult demo for a big customer and know that he would make the crazy hard look easy.
It's strange, but this one has hit me pretty hard. I'm sadder than I remember being in a long, long time.
Ave atque vale, John. I'll catch you on the other side.