Gus was a Kossack and a friend, he was someone I knew here in Orange County and someone I think who actually got me. He had called me recently to go to lunch and I had to say no. I wish I had gone. Gus was one of the only people to call out of the blue to ask me how I was. Gus always made me laugh and I loved that I could make him laugh, he had a great laugh. It was one of those laughs that came from the heart, low and grumbling but warm and engulfing. It hugged you.
You may have known him as Aeolus, I just knew him as Gus. He worked tirelessly for progressive efforts thru out Orange County and California. He was a force to be reckoned with, he liked fighting the man, he liked being the underdog and he loved being a thorn in the side of those who wanted to do harm to our environment. he liked a good fight.
And he loved big. He had an amazing family, he was so proud of his sons, his adopted and biological. And he just had a way of making you feel welcome. I always knew if I need someone to talk to I could call Gus.
We lost more than a friend today, we lost so much today and I would write more I think if I could just stop crying. But I wanted to mark this loss somehow, I needed to.
I am going to miss Gus and I really wished I had gone to lunch with him, gone on hikes with him. I wish I had done a lot of things.
You were one in a million Gus and I know so many others who will miss you just as much as I will. You were like a Father I didn't have, I'm sure you were to so many. I just can't wrap my mind around the fact I won't see you again.
Another dear friend Joe wrote an amazing tribute to Gus.