One of the Good Guys
I want to dedicate this blog entry to the memory of Paul Ryan, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s director of regional affairs. That is a fancy title given to a guy who never struck me much as a guy impressed with fancy titles.
Paul was the mayor’s guy in charge of regional collaboration and just keeping the mayor’s office in touch with other communities, both in the metro area and statewide. And that is how I got to know Paul.
To know Paul was indeed to have a friend for a lifetime.
He tragically passed away at a young age (49).
I didn’t know Paul from a hole in the wall before he started working for the mayor. When I first heard his name and his staffing responsibilities, I knew I wanted to have some interaction with him on behalf of the League. From the first moment I met him, I knew this was a guy I wanted to pal around with.
He was smart and politically astute. And his golf game was extraordinary! (Yes, I count myself among the many who heard over and over again about his hole in one.)
He was a snappy dresser, but the best part of attire was his smile and infectious positive attitude about all things and all people. He surely loved Denver and the people he worked with and for, especially one of our great leaders, Mayor Hancock. I am a better person for having known Paul Ryan. He was one of the good guys, and we are blessed to have them in all of our great cities and towns.
Do you know some good guys and gals? If so, thank them for the difference they are making. And, if you buy them a beer, Paul wouldn’t object.