When you run conventions, you get the sense for those who are like you, who would love to play the games on offer, but know that someone has to be there to make sure it all works, or others can't have any fun.
Most of the volunteers I know fall into this category.
But there are some who literally never get to make it to a convention to enjoy it, and those people have an understanding, a bond between them that it's not about them, but their people.
Vince Kingston was such a man. When we came to run the Yavin open and asked for who people would recommend as Judges, there was no one more highly recommended.
When I met him, I knew that he and I had the same goals in what we did, and we talked often on the nature of what it was that we did, of that service to others that makes our lives better because everyone else being happy makes us happier.
I learned tonight that he passed away quietly at the age of 43, no details yet, but the world is a far poorer place for the loss of him. We will not forget him or the fairness and calm that he stood for, we will go on making things better to honour our friend and all he did.
So say we all...