“Attention must be paid.” — from Death of a Salesman (1949)

I didn’t know Brian Craig well, but that wasn’t necessary to know how necessary he was to those who knew him best.

I met him a few years ago and instantly liked him, as most people did. He was kind and funny and welcoming — a good old soul who glowed with a youthful mirth and social ease that brought out the kid in anyone who’s ever been one.

People like Brian Craig are necessary, and when they leave us, attention must be paid.

Brian died Thursday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 46 and leaves behind a wife, Sharon Yanik-Craig, his young son, Grayson, and legions of friends who knew him well and others — like me — who were blessed to make a few short trips in his endearing orbit.

What I know about about Brian is that he was a musician, a co-owner of the Bog and a barber at Loyalty Barber Shop and Shave Parlor. He was a loving husband, father and friend who lived and died with a spirit, grace and dignity that will strengthen and sustain those who knew him best as they say goodbye.

I know that Brian Craig was necessary. Attention must be paid.