I just found out today that my former employer had passed away yesterday. This is a big loss to me because he's the one who taught me most of what I know about the lawn industry and being in business. It still hasn't really hit me that he's gone, the last time I saw him he was still pretty bitter towards me because I left, but I know he didn't truely mean it. I talked to the one guy that bought all his equipment when he sold it all last year and he said he always talked about me and how great a worker I was and how he wished I stuck around. It was a tough love type thing with him, we were close even outside the business almost like a father son relationship. But at the time I was so young that he didn't want to officially have me run the whole show, yet we all knew I could and basicly did. I had been wanting to go see him and tell him thanks for teaching me so much and let him know I started my own business, but I wasn't sure how that would go over and I didn't want to make him angry with knowing I went off on my own so I just let it go. Those few years I worked there were great years though, it was rough at times, but I still think they were great years and had a major impact on my life. I'm sure he knows how I feel and I'm sure he's in a much better place now. Charish the times people, we never know when it's over.