I have many friends who I've never met. Terry Pratchett was, I have to say, the greatest of them. He gave me company, comfort, joy, laughter tears and sadness tears and new ideas. He constantly questioned my old ideas, sometimes adding to them, sometimes gently correcting them or, at times, forcing me to realise that I'd been flat-out wrong. And all with a wry, twinkly-eyed humour which never berated nor belittled.
I am sad that my friend who I never met has met his own most sympathetic and memorable character, Death. I am glad that my friend is no longer suffering. I will miss my friend, though I never met him, terribly terribly much.
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