Lisa and John Olver of Blacksburg were close friends with John Albright, the self-taught woodworker who died in a riptide last week. "I spent my 40th birthday with John in Chicago, Lisa Olver, now 61, said. "To know John, he was full of life, one of the most witty people. He wan out there and made you laugh," Lisa Olver said. "If you gave him a glass of wine it got better," John Olver said. "He put a spark in everyone's life," Lisa Olver said.