That's a beautiful post, Gwen. Everything you said is so true. Thanks for posting it here because it really does belong here. Geoff requested friendship with me, too, and I checked to see who else he was friends with and saw some of his postings and, of course, accepted. Over the time we were friends, I was so glad I had. He lived with his wife, Pat, in such a beautiful area near the water and LOVED beauty and flowers and nature and animals. Together, they had a son, Mark. Geoff was very very kind and gentle. Somehow, it never even crossed my mind as to whether he was a Leonard Cohen fan. It didn't matter. He would pop up on my I.M.'s from time to time and just say Hi and ask how my day was going... after a couple very brief exchanges, he'd wish me well and be on his way. I had no idea he was even ill; and am still shocked that he is gone. When I say I'll miss him, it's because of the reliably gentle spirit he brought to my pages with his photos, comments, and perspectives. May you still be around somehow reading how much love you generated in people, Geoff.
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde