He was a personal good friend of Dalai Lama, who asked Havel few days ago, while visiting him, "to stay here for few more years..."
The closest I ever got to him was in Nov 17th, 2009, the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Prague. He passed Wenceslas Square, the place, where the revolution started, by foot, and people started spontaneously clapping their hands. I was listening to his speech from a distance of cca. 20 metres. I saw a small child, sitting on the shoulder of her father, listening to Havel too. She was born in a free world already, thanks to Havel. In the crowd I was not in the right position to have it on one picture, so I made this collage. I hope you will forgive me this.
Requiescat in pace Vaclav! We will never forget what you did!