OAKLAND (AP) — Michele Sylvan, 37, and Wolfgang Renner, 61, were described as warm and creative, by a friend.

Robert Janca said Renner made friends feel celebrated and he called Sylvan “his lovely, wildly creative partner.”

“The world is a decidedly less colorful one without them,” he said in a statement. “So long dear souls. Thank you for the treasures you shared. We will see you in Valhalla and in the interim we will celebrate your rich lives as you would undoubtedly have wanted us to.”

Renner was the oldest victim of the fire.

“Wolfgang was about as free of an individual as anyone is likely to ever meet,” Janca said. “When we were close, it was a joy to go and visit him as he was a capable host who made all of his friends feel welcome and celebrated.”