I just found out that this dear man has passed away. He and I carved our names into a court bench before it was dismantled to make way for a new courthouse. He was smart, funny and adored by anyone who came in contact with him. My father-in-law got very ill while my husband was on jury duty. Judge iRyan was presiding and immediately dismissed him. I did not know him at the time so it was not a favor. It was his compassion. Working with him for more than a year side by side I really got to know him and his love for his family. He was very supportive and helped me in every way. I think of him often. My prayers and thoughts are with his family.