I have never met anyone who cares for people like Brad. He's the most thoughtful person I know. Period. One of my worries in stepping into his role is that I might unintentionally hurt the feelings of others. I don't have this worry because I'm an outright jerk (usually) but because anyone besides Brad is going to be a HUGE drop off in thoughtfulness.
Brad was the ultimate example that you don't need to be loud, flamboyant, brash or pushy to be a
Farewell friend. We will be and already are missing you.
PS. I still know your phone number... and I'm guessing I won't get through Day 1 without contacting you.