You wonder when you wander into a community if you are in a typical one or a special one. The common bond is the relationship with a person who has unexpectedly lost his life doing what he did every day, relatively healthy, not so old … Are these the reasons we are so shocked? Or is it because he was a loveable larrikin who stole the heart of the community he adopted those few short years ago. There’s more. He was irreverent, which actually teaches you to value what really matters. Like the adage: take what you do seriously, but not yourself. He cared where it mattered, and gave of himself and he was enthusiastic about stuff and about people.

You know, I hate talking about him in the past tense, something I will have to get used to. His Buddhism may have kept him centred…

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