Randy Towles met his wife, Valerie, when he delivered her a pizza.
"That was about it," said Valerie Towles, who managed to laugh a little at the memory yesterday while mourning his death.
Four months after that first meeting, they were engaged. They would have celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on Sept. 4.
Towles, 47, was a personal trainer who worked with young soccer and lacrosse players.
He was flying back to his home in Watertown, N.Y., after driving down to Kentucky to help a friend move.
"He helped everybody," said his wife. "He was the best friend and best husband I could have ever asked for."
Towles also is survived by a daughter, Sarah, and two grandchildren.