I was lucky enough to grow up with Ned as my uncle, and later my friend. He was a quirky guy, and I admired him for it. Both as a child and later as an adult, he was a role model for me in how to be your authentic self without apology. He accepted my authentic self without question or judgement. Not only did he have a deep love and respect of nature and all its beings, he especially loved the animals that entered his life and became companions. I will always remember him with a steel guitar in his lap, talking about film, music, the Simpsons, South Park, and his community and family. He was a kind, gentle soul.