Beau Eichling brought joy to everyone who knew him. He was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer about 6 months ago. He underwent treatment. 5 months ago he was told that the cancer was out of his lung but that mets had formed on his liver. At that time he was given 8 months. He met this news with grace, wisdom, and humor. That's how he faced everything in his life. He said he felt lucky that he was given an opportunity to make sure that everyone he cared about knew how he felt about them before he was gone. He also said that he felt lucky because they told him that this form of cancer takes you quickly and is not terribly painful. He died at home yesterday. His family was with him.
Beau was all about bringing happiness to others. He owned a comic book shop in Charlottesville, VA. I spent many a happy festival with him. He loved music. He loved people. He loved Jam Cruise. Being well enough to come on Jam Cruise this year gave him great happiness. He will be thought of often, remembered with love, and missed always.