I first met him last October, and hardly knew him, yet he made everyone feel like a friend. In January, I wished him 'Happy New Year' and he responded with 'Well, I think that calls for a hug!'. His response to 'How are you?' was always 'Surviving'.
He was one of those awesome people that you generally only hear or read about; I feel very priveleged to have known him, even for only so short a time.