I am so, so, so, so sorry.
Without Dave's work, I would never have become a comics fan. The All-New All-Different X-Men were what made me a comics fan for life, and without Dave's work in creating them, my life would have taken an entirely different turn indeed. Maybe my life hobby would have become roleplaying, or computers, or collecting DVDs -- but no, I became a comic book fan, and the course of my life was charted by Dave Cockrum's influence on the industry.
I will continue to honor and homage the man for as long as I will live.