Via Making Light: Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney) 1948-2007. I will leave the memorializing for those who knew him and his work better and merely say that he and his work meant a lot to a lot of people in our community and I know that he will be deeply missed both as a writer and perhaps even more as a person. I don't know anyone who ever met him who didn't speak very highly of him. Though I knew him not at all I am saddened by his fall.
Because it wanted out:
A mighty writer was the man
Read the thousands in his van
Though I knew him not at all
I am saddened by his fall
Finding tears when ere I blink
So I cannot help but think
With tales unfinished, words unwritten
Reader's hopes by death smitten
How much worse fans and friends will feel
At this sad turning of time's wheel
Ave Atque Vale.