On Elton John’s magnificent album, “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road”, there lies an 11 minute masterpiece called Funeral for a Friend. The mesmerizing opening marches the mourner along the pathway of grief. It cries in dismay, roars with denial, wails with anger, whimpers with loneliness, and quickens the heart with hope. It is on auto play in my head because I am crushed by the recent loss of two immensely talented friends. Let’s examine how these amazing men used their strengths to impact tens of thousands of lives.