Gerard Serafin passed away last year, around this time. He was one of the first Catholic bloggers and a personal inspiration. (He was also the first, as I recall, to maintain a directory of "St. Blog's Parish").
His love for our Savior, his pleasure in the beauty of life (despite its hardships), the laughter, joy and hope in his words were an example to many. I know I am not alone in missing him.