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David Stewart [Oct. 12th, 2006|03:22 pm]
Douglas Spencer
A lot of people have mentioned David today. He was friendly towards me although I knew him hardly at all, and very helpful to conventions and conrunners. He did a lot for Octocon and other bits of Irish fandom, and he did a lot for Interaction, the most recent British Worldcon. He did lots of things, and he did them with skill and enthusiasm. He was, as I've said in a comment elsewhere, a "good bloke".

And he died this morning, at about half-three, following a good solid fight against cancer.

As I say, I didn't know him very well at all -- we probably met a single-digit number of times. But other people knew him better, and are more qualified to write about him. Examples are here/here/here, here, here, here and here/here. There will be other places. If you knew him, even if you only knew him slightly, read them and read the comments. Remembering is a good thing.

I'm of to Octocon tomorrow. Lots of things there to remember him with, including an auction in aid of the Oesophageal Cancer Fund.

Too many people died this year.
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[User Picture]From: pigeonhed
2006-10-12 02:30 pm (UTC)
I thought of some of those other people today remembering them all. A moments prayer for them and all their friends and family.


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[User Picture]From: bellinghman
2006-10-12 04:37 pm (UTC)
I shall see you tomorrow, then. And I suspect a bit of a wake will be occurring in the Glenroyal's bar.
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[User Picture]From: bibliofile
2006-10-12 07:19 pm (UTC)
The problem with that cancer is that the symptoms are so normal. Early detection is unusual, so treatment doesn't help much. (This is the same cancer that did in my friend in August.)
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[User Picture]From: lproven
2006-10-13 04:08 pm (UTC)
[Deep sigh] :-(

Not much more I can say, really.
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