Story after story today made clear why Jody was so special. Jody was unendingly giving of himself to others. And Jody was honest and direct, to a fault. In combination these traits made him an amazing mentor. Jody was the confidant of innumerable entrepreneurs. They turned to him for help and could count on his un-judgmental but critical advice. Jody didn't believe in complacency. He was one of the hardest working guys you'd ever meet. But there was no such thing as work for work's sake. Jody lived his life with a purpose and taught entrepreneurs that same single-minded resolve. Today's memorial service was full of recipients of Jody's tough love. But no one focused on the toughness. Everyone focused on the love. That's what shined through.
I will greatly miss Jody. He was a wonderful friend to so many of us. And all we could think today was "too soon. too soon."