Oh my word... I'm so, so terribly sorry; why did I earlier reply that you're lucky to have him?! I feel like an absolute ass right now for coming across as so insensitive or that perhaps I did not read your comments properly (which I did, please believe me).
I'm really glad you had him for the period which you did. And now, I'm going to hide away in shame
Thank you... I still feel horrible though, re-reading my earlier reply to you. My stupid mistake of not checking that reply (just a damned 'had' to add!) before sending it might have made you think I didn't read your comments properly, and the last thing I want is to dishonour his memory.