I'm SO sorry for your loss, Ray! I am still good friends with the "kids" I ran around with in high school....we don't see each other but every few years.
We were SO close in high school, and everytime we get together, we pick up right where we left off in school. Some of us went to college together, too.
The last time we were all together we talked about how hard it will be when one of us passes on. We've been friends since 7th grade.
You are in my prayers. There is nothing like a "lifelong" friend. You share such a history! God bless you and his family and loved ones!