A good friend and co-worker of mine lost his battle to cancer in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Al Best! He didn’t garner national media attention trying to save the world like Bono of U2, but he made the world a better place for the people who were priviledged enough to know and love him.
I don’t know if I have ever met anyone with a sense of humor like Al Best! Some Al-isms… “I’m so hungry, my gut thinks my throat is cut” is the first one that comes to my mind; And on Tuesday when I didn’t think it was possible to smile, his good friend Todd Goodyear texted me with that saying, and Todd, you made me smile. Thank you. Another one of my favorites “There’s a big difference between scratching your ass and tearing a piece out of it”. Al put everything into perspective very simply, and didn’t stress about too much.
He was a man who loved his family so much and they came first. That was one of the great qualities about this human being. One of them… Because there were many more. One of the greatest gifts he gave the world is that everyone who came in contact with Al, left with a smile on their face. How many people can say that about another person.
My thoughts and prayers and love go out to all his family and friends. Al Best, it was an honour to know you.