But this time? The urgent project our missing comrade was working on is one that has been assigned to each us at one time or another. We were completely and utterly cross-trained on this one particular job. (I don't know that I can think of any other responsibility where this is so completely the case.) One of us could have been on vacation, and it still would have gotten done.
The transition? Seamless. The work? Completed only a tiny bit late, because of an unrelated complication. The team? Lucky, lucky, lucky.
Cross-training is beautiful. I'm inspired to do more of it.