You were definitely "one of the good ones" as I have since described you to the people I've told. I knew you before I met you by the way your Samantha used to describe you during your courtship – I could tell your future was about to happen in a big way with this lovely woman.
I think we only hung out a handful of times – we jammed together playing Nirvana and Beatles songs in a garage somewhere. I went to your 40th as a 60s themed car salesman in my dad's rayon flares and polyester shirt with a blonde wig. Mel and I had a blast and rocked out to your live bands all night.
When you and Sam uprooted and went to Beijing, you inspired us to do similar and move to Melbourne from Perth. Stories of your travels and achievements overseas were spellbinding; so much done in so short a time.
As I recently expressed to Sam, our last catch-up in Perth – "I could've talked to you all night". I classed you as a mate even by the few times we spent together – it felt like it was always meant to be that way.
I've thought about you every day mate – I've thought about Sam, Zach and your precious Soph every day since you died. You were such a good man and by reading the comments on this page, you touched many lives with your genuine nature and willingness to give of yourself to people – to live well beyond yourself… to live for the other. Man… if we only had more time.
I'm going to miss you like a mate I had for a lifetime – that's how much you've left me here.
May peace be with your soul my friend – may love continue to surround you beautiful Samantha, Sophie and Zachary.