Happy Birthday to Super Dave Urquhart

Dave Urquhart USA In 1999 I lost a great friend, Super Dave Urquhart. He was truly a generous soul. I still think of him often. Today would have been his birthday, a day he year after year graciously shared with Elvis.

Just after he died, I wrote him an email. I still have it on my hard drive. In honor of him on his birthday I post it here. I'd like for him to know that I am still thinking of him.

October 5, 1999

Super Dave,

I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know that I am missing you. I probably feel a little bit guilty too that I have never expressed enough appreciation for what you mean to me. Sometimes I get wrapped up in the stuff I think is important, and I forget to catch up with you like I should. I hope this letter makes it to you. If anyone could wire the place for Internet, it would be you.

Thank You for always offering your help, even when I didn't think I needed it. Somehow, you knew better than I did what I needed, and you helped without judging. Thanks for letting me know that I could talk to you about anything. I wish I had taken advantage of it more often.

Thanks for letting me know that you were more than just a little bit scared. I know that you are Super and all, but it gave me hope to think that you were human. It made me feel better about myself to think that I could listen and be a support to you. Few will know the fears you overcame in your battle to stay terrestrial. Thanks for letting me know and help.

That reminds me....I have one small favor to ask. You had a secret that I watched in action time and time again, but never figured out. How did you always give more than you received? Whether it was family, friends, neighbors, or community, you reached out and gave to everyone. We all have the same number of hours in a day. But I always liked what you did with yours. Without regard to your own benefit, you helped others. Angels do walk among us. Thanks for being such a shining example, buddy. You know I love you for it.

One last thing, Thanks for loving me more than I deserved.

Your friend always,
Phil Yanov

About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.