I just learned of the passing of an acquaintance in an avalanche. Out of respect and not being the bearer of gossip I'll leave his identity anonymous.
Suffice to say, he was a true role model and example. He was a truly great person to be around, to learn from his vast experiences and spend time with on the river -and a I say this not as a kind gesture invoked by tragedy, but as a genuine admission.
He was always willing to share a shuttle upstream or an afternoon river run and could always draw on his vast advenutres to share an anecdote or all-ends-in-humor epic from his trove of accomplishments.
An intelligent, well educated man who could only have brought net value to the world and his immediate surrounds. No-one holds more value than another but damn, some people just leave to0 soon!