They had an extremely emotional farewell for him at the local pub. They asked me to give a short send-off speech. I said:
'Personally, I'm glad you're gone.
Now there will be no Gold Standard to hold ourselves up to.
No impossible combination of really nice and really smart.
We can finally go back to all our old excuses:
That deadlines are too short, budgets are too small, and all clients are assholes.
We can once again tell ourselves that things are impossible.
Personally, I'm glad you're gone.
I just wish this didn't hurt so fucking much.'