Bob, or FarmDad as he blogged, was a distant friend.
I don't mean distant, like "oh yeah, we know each other." More that we lived across the country.
Having similar interests and some common background elements, we met online through the various bloggers we had in common.
We never met in person, for which I regret my failures to not make it happen. Bob had always made it abundantly clear that if I was ever in his zip code I had an open invitation to visit - but, one excuse or the other kept it from happening.
He was always there with good advice. Laughter. A kind shoulder. A wealth of experience. Great perspective when I needed it from someone outside my immediate circle.
Today his family and close friends are gathering in Colorado to mourn and celebrate his life.
I'm sorry I don't have better words. Sorry I can't be there to lend support.
All I can say is - Bob met every definition of a Western gentleman, and was someone to emulate and be grateful for.
I'm glad I knew you sir, even remotely. The world is a lesser place with your passing.
Be at peace.