5 years ago I met a fellow that went by the username RDV at diystompboxes.com. He was an excellent diy’er and was also the driving force behind me starting ssguitar.com (and later even became a moderator there) thanks to his interest in the LM3886 chipamp projects.
He passed away on February 5, 2010. I just found out (things like this travel slowly through the net sometimes) and was hit quite hard by it. Here is the link to his obituary on tributes.com.
RIP Ricky, my friend, you will be missed.