I don't remember the first time that I purchased Runequest or Call of Cthulhu or any of the other games that used Mr. Stafford's roleplaying system. I started with Advanced Dungeons and Dragons in the late 1970s, but have enjoyed Basic Roleplaying (I even got to help playtest the latest edition!!!), Call of Cthulhu, Champions, Dragonquest, Elric, the Fantasy Trip, Gamma World, Mercenaries, Spies, & Private Eyes, Top Secret, Stormbringer,Tunnels and Trolls, Villains and Vigilantes, and many, many more.
I admire Chaosium and their products. Someday, I hope to publish my own games. Mr. Stafford's contribution to the hobby make that dream possible.
You have my condolences. Mr. Stafford will be missed...