Jut grabbing a few examples of his work from my collection of notes:
We often heard him claim about religions:
"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."
Never afraid of a controversial truth, he said about Jerry Falwell - evangelical fundamentalist Baptist pastor, televangelist - 1933-2007:
"If he could have been given an enema, he could have been buried in a matchbox"
and who could argue with his claim that
"We don't have any choice but to have free will" and
"God creates us sick and then offers a cure under penalty of eternal torture".
I'm sure the tributes will flow around the atheist blogosphere for a considerable time. Let's hope that some of this tide of adoration leaks out and influences other thinking communities.