I don’t know what to say. I woke up this morning and learned that one of my friends and one of the best people I’ve known died of a heart attack at a young age.
I’m angry right now and worried about his wife, who is only 30 years old. The two had a remarkable partnership, and were really a team. They were the kind of couple who annoyed people on Facebook because they weren’t shy about professing their admiration for each other in public and they never fought.
As a teaching team, both went out of their way to help their students. They started an Adventure club, took their students hiking, and introduced their students to the Wii, which is something newer in Korea. The door to their office was never shut to any student or co-worker and he was always happy to help.
He was something of a genius and devoted his life to education technology. He could have used his talents at Microsoft or any of the big companies, but truthfully believed in Open Source technologies such as Moodle, and was devoted much of his time to Sloodle, the strange but fascinating educational world in Second Life.
There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme, nor reason why this happened to him. He was healthy and truly married to the love of his life. If he had any stress in his life at all, it was from helping others so much, something which he did every single of his life, usually without complaint.
I honestly can’t really think of a bad thing to say about him, nor have I heard any bad words spoken about him. I don’t know if that’s because he was lucky enough to be following the right life path for himself, or because he was married to such an amazing woman, but those things made him different and it was hard not to admire him for the strength of his convictions.
He loved the Trailer Park Boys, and like most geeks out there, loved to relax with a cup of tea and a video game once in a while; that was his idea of a de-stresser if he couldn’t make it to the gym.
I’m only one of hundreds who will miss him. He wasn’t a rock star or a movie star, but a hero to his students and a great partner to his wife.