Very sad and Waaayyyyyyy too young. He had so much left to do and enjoy. Like others have said, he was there to help anyone especially at the track and he bailed my butt out with last second parts or repairs several times. Thank you Dave and your crew.
I recall a day some months after he had gotten through his cancer treatment he bought a car from me and on short notice he drove down to pick it up. It was during the off season in this part of the country. We agreed to have lunch while he was here. We loaded the car quickly and there was a new restaurant that had opened across the street so I said let's go there. We had a nice talk, not in a hurry, talked about racing but also family and challenges we both had running small businesses. It was a really nice talk. He went on his way and toward the end of the day he sent me an email, not thanking me for lunch. Apparently he got sick on his way back and had to stop the truck several times to vomit. I felt awful about that. We since laughed about it.
This is one of those times when it's hard to reconcile why he's left us. Maybe there was a strong call from Ann. He missed her a lot this year. Forever grateful to have known him and hopefully his family and his racing family can carry on in his honor.