Wow, I don't know where to start.
I remember when we first met; even though you don't: At your dusty little office at Stanford University Hospital. You were consultant there and you considered Sitecore. I helped Bjarne at this time, and as far as I remember there was no one else in US. So, - it was a sales situation, - but also a situation where Bjarne asked me to evaluate you. He needed somebody who could represent Sitecore from a technical perspective.
I wondered who you were, with those huge stacks of paper, seemingly very quiet. But then you started drilling me in terms of technology, and suddenly the silent smiley person really changed appearance and became scary, but also passionate. Needless to say, my report to Bjarne was that you really knew your stuff well, and if he could get you on board, you would be exactly the right person.
So, you became one of the first employees of Sitecore US.
You, - in pre-sales and tech support helped Sitecore grow immensely, and no doubt that Sitecore would not have been Sitecore as we know it today without a John West spearheading the technical ecosystem in US. Later you turned into guru, bookwriter, the open-super-annoying-honest-critic-that-we-need and an Icon for Sitecore. Hey, now you even got your own tag.
I will not say I am loosing a good friend, because I sincerely don't hope so. But I do know you want to I do know you want to spend more time with your family and figure out what to do now, and I wish you all the luck in that journey. I hope that you will keep being John and be part of our community.
Thank You John West.