I am sorry for your loss buckshot... sounds like you are a better man for knowing him... I hope and pray for you as well... let his life serve as an example for you and all who knew him. He is fortunate to be in heaven right now, while we're here on this earth... Heaven is rejoicing today!
...and on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my times has come, still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore!