(Editor's Note: The following is a tribute to Dwight Hipp, who died Saturday, Aug. 23, from his longtime friend, Jeff McBreairty).

I worked alongside Dwight Hipp for many years at Kimberly-Clark and he was one of the most loyal employees I ever had the pleasure of working beside.

He always, always had a smile on his face. Not one time in all the years we worked together did I ever see him get angry.

He had a great love of cycling. I even remember him riding his bike to work during the nice days of summer.

Dwight told me he loved to travel. He enjoyed life very much so and he enjoyed cycling.

One day last summer, I was working around my yard and Dwight drove by in a new car he had just gotten. He turned around and stopped in my driveway to share his new toy.

He was so excited about it and he showed me the inside, the trunk and under the hood. I do not recall the car make or model -- it was an older car but new to him -- and it was in amazing shape. He was so excited.

I don't remember him ever being that excited about anything like that before, in all the time I knew him.

I perceived Dwight as a kind, gentle man and one who was loyal to all who befriended him. He was one who would do anything for anyone without question and he had a great trust of people.

He was loved and respected by all who got to know him and he worked very well with his co-workers at Kimberly-Clark. He was a tremendous asset to the daily operation of the equipment he was trained to work on and to his fellow workers as well.

I am deeply saddened by Dwight's sudden death. The respect I had for him in life will remain so in death.

I shall miss, very much so, the times we shared in our work life and I shall miss the times we ran into each other in public.

Most of all, I shall miss his infectious smile and his zest for life and for cycling.

God bless you Dwight Hipp, my friend. I look to the day we meet again on God's Golden Shore.

Jeff McBreairty

New Milford