Tommy Donbavand died on Tuesday this week.
He had three years of truly awful battles against cancer, and he shared them with us on his blog, while also having the strength to joke a bit and to tell us about his family. And when things got too bad, his very good friend Barry Hutchison took over; writing blog posts for him, and even finishing his books.
But I think we had all worried about this moment, knowing it was likely to come soon and none of us wanting it to happen.
I first met Tommy in a pub in Sefton. He was just like me, short and round. Also, he was kind and funny, and good at writing books that got little boys reading. And to think that he might still be with us had it not been for his GP who felt there was nothing really wrong with Tommy.
My thoughts are with Mrs Donbavand and their two young sons. Tommy was so proud of them.