An old acquaintance died yesterday. John and I lived on the same street as kids, but he was way down the block, and the kids clustered at my own end of the street were more my daily companions. He was also a year younger than I was so we weren't in classes together either. A year ago he found me on facebook and I had an all-too-brief chance to discover that this person I'd known only as Generic Neighbor Kid was this kind, joyful, positive and giving person I wish I'd known better.
Another writer has written better about him than I could. I really liked her tribute, so here it is.