Most of us don't know each other on the internet, yet, there's a common thread that runs among us when we're here: We're just people reaching out to one another--to other people. We all have value in our own right, way.
I'd only fairly recently learned of this viner..in the photography nation, then other groups, and saw bits and pieces of who he was... He loved life, it seemed as much as the others we've recently lost. He was so proud of his property he lived on. He had a park bench where he could sit out there and watch the sunset and enjoy the beauty. He enjoyed his outings, and was enroute to meet up with his friend and was killed in a car accident (I found out from reading redphish's comment that she had read from his daughter on NBC, it looked like).
I could tell from his short time here, that many of us were enjoying reading him and getting to know our new viner.