I first met Eloy when I was a young freelancer in Mexico City and he was the president of the foreign correspondents association. He helped me navigate the two worlds he knew so well, freely dispensing advice and wisdom. He was deeply committed to press freedom and the welfare of his colleagues and provided insight and information to CPJ on so many occasions.
Eloy died Friday at the age 72. His friends are gathering Wednesday to toast Eloy one final time. I wish I were there to raise a glass and say thank you.