I'm at a loss about what to say. (Ferd is laughing at THAT right now, as I am NEVER at a loss for words...)
To his parents and brothers, my God's comfort be with you, knowing he is no longer in pain, no longer suffering.
To all of his countless friends (of which I am humbly blessed to be one): We were all blessed to know Ferd - may we never forget the way his infectious smile and laughter touched us every time we were with him.
Ferd, my friend, be at peace. Get the party ready for the rest of us, for when we meet again...