Only saw this today!! Sad news indeed!! As you guys said above, he was an all round nice guy and gentleman, always willing to help! I bought my first chute from him as well, that was 12 years ago, I think he enabled many of us to get into RC Skydiving!!
I will never forget, I had to phone him from South Africa and with the huge time difference between the countries he said to me, "Don't worry about waking me up, its only 3 o'clock in the morning here in Kentucky, I don't mind, I'm old an retired, I can just go right back to sleep and sleep all day if I want to, you did not disturb me at all!!"
R.I.P my thoughts are with his friends and family