Loved by many, respected by most. Not quite the leading man but important enough to not get killed in a horror movie. Comic relief in tense situations, and the word of reason in the midst of chaos. The one you want on your side when you are in trouble. An infectious laugh or an upbeat tune can often be heard coming from his direction. A shoulder to cry on. The big brother. The teddy bear. The warrior. The friend everyone wishes they had. John Gardner is one of a kind.
I wish I had someone like John Gardner in my life. He would make things so much better.