A while ago I did an entry called “First Post” which was a compilation of some of my favorite bloggers’ first entry on their blog. Not having much to blog about today, I figured I’d take that idea to the next step and compile last posts from a few blogs whose authors have passed away.
Steve Gilliard, 1964-2007
It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog, passed away June 2, 2007. He was 42.
To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.
Please keep Steve’s friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Steve meant so much to us.
We will miss him terribly.
Aaron Hawkins from Uppity Negro:
September 9, 2004
This is the Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had to Write
This is Val, Aaron’s sister. My family and I are still working out what we wanted to say and do on the site. But at this time, however briefly, I thought it was best to confirm that yes, Aaron did pass away. We found out for certain yesterday. Please write me at val at valsadie.com or valsadie at aol.com for information on the funeral arrangements.
Rob ‘Acidman’ Smith from Gut Rumbles:
June 26, 2006
This is Sam. Rob has passed away. They found him at 2:00 this morning slumped over on the couch. He did not shoot himself and no pills or alcohol were found in the house. When I find out anything else I’ll let you know. Out of respect for my family please do not leave nasty comments.
this is the person you know as mom in her lj I feel good reading all you have written. Thank you for loving her she was worth loving. i really do not know how to post i will see if this works once again thank you all
Heather from Living with Melanoma:
I had a follow up-follow up appointment with my radiation oncologist on Tuesday morning to get the results of my CT scan from the week before, because he wanted to adjust my steroids if there was no bleeding in the brain.
His nurse was even friendlier than usual towards me when I got there, which, having been here in this place of scanxiety before, made me wonder if they had bad news for me.
The doctor came in seeming very excited and chipper and asked how I was feeling. I told him about the rib pain I’m having – probably from coughing (cold came back), and all the vomiting from before didn’t help I’m sure. He decided to send me for a bone scan just to make sure there’s nothing nasty lurking.
Then he wheeled his stool over next to Jim and said, “I have the scan results from last week”, he opened my file to the page and started showing Jim the results. I was a bit numb, because that’s how mel gets you, you condition yourself to expect the worst. What the doctor was saying wasn’t really sinking in with me even though I could hear the words.
Here it is:
Sarah from Que Sarah, Sarah:
February 7, 1977 – June 12, 2007
Sarah passed peacefully this morning with her mom and I by her side.
Now she rests, her love still radiating everywhere.
Adrian Sudbury from Baldy’s Blog:
August 20, 2008
Adrian passes away
Its Liam here, I am sorry to be writing the post I never wanted to write. I was sent this email by Adrian’ dad Keith Sudbury:
Adrian Sudbury died peacefully in his sleep with his dad Keith and mum Kay last night.
Keith Sudbury said: “Every parent thinks their son or daughter is special and we are no different.
“Adrian touched all who knew him. We’re very proud of all his achievements in tragically such a short time.
“Kay and I hope that all Adrian’s good work will be continued by all those who knew and loved him.”
There will be a private family funeral followed by a service of remembrance at Sheffield Cathedral at a date to be confirmed.
I’m sure you will all join me in offering you condolences to Adrian’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
Mark Hoekstra from Geek Technique:
Dear visitors of geektechnique.org,
As friends of Mark, we figured you might appreciate an update on things. It took us a while to find/hack our way into his server (which should be no surprise to you), but we finally managed. We hope you will forgive us for trespassing.
On Saturday September 20, 2008, Mark Hoekstra passed away.
Mark suffered a heart attack on Wednesday the 17th while on his bicycle. He was admitted to the hospital and kept in a coma. Friday night he was pronounced braindead. In the spirit of his open source thinking, his family agreed to a donor procedure for which Mark was kept alive. He finally passed away on Saturday morning. Mark had just turned 34 on the 12th.
Tricia Black from Teb’s Page:
Our sweet, brave, strong Tricia Elaine Black passed away last night, July 11, 2006, surrounded by her immediate family. She was so many things to so many people – mother, wife, daughter, friend, confidante, and role model. She was also a source of inspiration to all of us. Throughout her long and courageous struggle with melanoma, Teb never once lost hope, and the smile on her face never faded. That which she hoped for may have changed, and it may have been harder to find reasons to keep smiling, but she persevered through all of her challenges and was able to continue to see the bright side of life. Even in her darkest times, she continued to find strength and joy from Samâ€™s accomplishments, from Michaelâ€™s unwavering love and support, and from the moments of happiness and triumph, big and small, that occurred in the lives of her friends and loved ones.She leaves behind a legacy in all of us – in those who knew her well and in those who came to know her only through her honest and moving descriptions of her journey on her blog. And, of course, through Tebâ€™s Troops. Because of Teb and because of your generosity, we have contributed tens of thousands of dollars and will continue to contribute tens of thousands more to melanoma research and education. Because of Teb, we hope that one day soon, a thirty-year-old woman who learns that she has stage IV melanoma will know that there are treatments that will work, and that someday, another person, another parent, another spouse, who hears that same news will know that there is a cure for this beast. We will – no, we must – continue to wage this war on Tebâ€™s behalf. In fighting this fight, in living our lives, in loving our loved ones, and in continuing to HOPE, we will honor and remember this brave and amazing woman. Sweet and wonderful Teb, we will miss you with every ounce of our beings. But we will keep living, keep laughing, keep fighting, and keep loving as a tribute to you. You will never be forgotten, dear friend.Please join us in honoring Teb by lighting a candle in her memory at 8pm EDT on Thursday, July 13, 2006. Details regarding Tebâ€™s memorial service to follow.With hope,The Officers of Tebâ€™s Troopswww.tebstroops.org
James Capozzola from The Rittenhouse Review:
Jim died last night, and I’m lost. Who do you talk to about losing your best friend when the person you lost is your best friend? I only hope he’s right about this heaven thing, and that angels were there to greet him at the door.
His friend Susie told me something I didn’t know about him: He loved “The Sound of Music” and, much to the horror of the onlookers, once sang the entire score with her sitting outside Tangier, the bar where they met each week for Drinking Liberally.
I kind of like the image of Jim singing and dancing until he’s just out of view, going somewhere else to sleep. Sweet dreams, Jim. I miss you so much already.
Adam Finley from The World According to Adam:
It’s been a while since this page was updated, and I thought I’d update readers on why it hasn’t had any new material in several months.
Adam passed away in Minnapolis in September. He was 30 years old. More information on what happened can be found here at the site where he and I both worked, TV Squad.
Adam’s family wanted to keep his writing on the web in some way. He was too damn talented to just let all of his writings fade away or be put in a desk somewhere, where no one could read them. So we’re going to continue his sites, with this being his official web site (which you can now access at adamrayfinley.com or the old raiseyourchildrenmywaydamnit.com). We’ll keep it in blog form because we can easily update the page with new columns and stories from Adam for the coming weeks and months and years.
So please check back every week for new stuff from Adam. He was a special guy and we’re happy to be able to share his work with you.
Gordon from his LiveJournal page:
dear friends of Gordon,
This is Mario (Lj lostcosmonaut), Gordon’s good friend and roommate. I am very unhappy to report to you that Gordon took his own life yesterday. I am so sorry. I am so sorry to have to tell you this.
In his suicide note, Gordon gave me th passwd to this acct and requested that I let his friends know. You probably know that Gordon has been severely depressed for a good long while. Gordon, I am really very sorry that life was so unhappy for you. You are thought very highly of by many people. We will miss you, very much so, I wish you would know that. Friends of Gordon, take good care of yourselves and each other.