My condolences. Never met JB, but he sounds like the kind of person we all could take several lessons in life from. From what has been said here that would include a mix of a river loving, uplifting, comedian, boating coach, beer connoisseur, and probably many more great things. Hell he sounds like the kind of guy I'd like to be more like.
If his family is in need of anything, please let us(MTN Buzzards) know. I don't know if his wife was in to boating, but once she's ok with it all I know my wife and I would gladly help with getting her back out on the water.