Sad news this week: my friend Ron passed away. We had never met in person; in fact I never heard the sound of his voice, but after 8 years of reading and commenting on each others' blogs, occasionally exchanging e-mails, and being Facebook friends, I feel that I knew him pretty well. I can say with authority that the world is a lesser place without him.
Ron was one of the many under-appreciated Good Guys of the world. He was super-smart, funny, loyal, and considerate. The one great sadness of his life was that he was never able to experience mutual true love. He tried online dating sites, but he didn't fit the profile that women were looking for. It's a darn shame, because he could have been a fine husband and father. I believe that if he had found someone to share his life with he may have been able to take care of his health better and live longer. I no longer have sympathy for any single women in Columbus, Ohio. You could have had Ron; it's too late; you missed your chance; I don't want to hear any whining about how you just can't find a good guy out there. He was right here and you passed him up because he didn't look like he just jumped off the pages of GQ. You only have yourselves to blame.
I'm not sure exactly how old Ron was... somewhere in his mid-forties. He had some serious health problems, including his ticker. I never found out specifically what got him in the end, but my best guess is a heart attack. He didn't see it coming. He had just signed up to take guitar lessons. I was looking forward to hearing how they went.
His workplace is going to be in a pickle without Ron. He was the only guy who understood their computer systems, and their computer systems were essential to running the machinery in the plant. I don't know what they'll do without him. Probably figure out his real value when they're forced to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading their systems, now that he's no longer around to nurse and cajole their aging, jury-rigged set-up into producing results.
But mostly he'll be missed by his many friends, and family. There has been an outpouring on his Facebook page. He will be missed for his sweet heart, and for his bizarro sense of humour, which often involved stories about squirrels plotting to take over the world. I wish he could have stayed with us longer.
Bye, Ronnie. I miss you! xoxo