Bicycle Retailer posted this morning a release that James Douglas at Zipp had been killed in a car accident over the weekend.

The world will never be the same without him.

Jim has been a friend for more than a decade. Every time I called him and asked, “How are things and tricks?” he’d respond, “Just livin’ the dream.” It was partially banter, predominantly how he looked at everything. Sure he could get frustrated, but he had a virtually unflappable enthusiasm.

It’s particularly sad to know that he has a 9-month-old daughter who will probably never fully understand just how great a guy her dad was. Sad to think of his girlfriend going through the rest of her life without such a singularly fantastic guy to share the laughs and the load.

Everyone who knew you will miss you Jim. I definitely will.