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Author Topic: Tharoc Wargrider (aka Steve Jackson) passed away on July 25th  (Read 6263 times)
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« on: 26 July 2012, 02:26:53 »

Today is Tharoc's birthday, and when I saw Alysse's well wishes on Facebook I hopped over there to do the same - only to discover that our big orc isn't well at all!

According to what was posted he's in bad shape, so I'd like to quote from there to keep you informed:

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The big guy is very poorly, the nurses and the intensive care unit are working hard to help him through this rough patch. There is NO progress... his lungs are screwed, the pneumonia has taken its toll and the machines are doing the work of keeping him stable.

Apparently he's in there for more than three weeks by now and at the moment it doesn't look good.
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« Reply #1 on: 26 July 2012, 03:36:35 »

Oh that sounds bad.

My thoughts and prayers to our resident orc expert.

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« Reply #2 on: 26 July 2012, 04:44:26 »

Thanks for letting us know, Art, although it's worrying news. Let's hope he gets through this. I miss his presence here.
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« Reply #3 on: 26 July 2012, 05:27:33 »

I just visited facebook to send some greetings also, but found out the worst news

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Today was Steve Harleyrider Jackson Birthday, and tonight at 20:00 he passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Sandra read out all of Steve's Birthday cards and we all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and the time came for us to say goodbye. When I visited this morning I was told that he was very poorly indeed, this evening Sandra waited for me to get to the hospital so that I could say my farewell to the big guy. Steve was a fun guy to have around and I will remember him on the hill collecting trees… one of the places he loved…

Rest in peace, Steve, I will miss you dearly.
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« Reply #4 on: 26 July 2012, 06:45:29 »

I will miss him, too. I will remember his inimitable jokes, his fairness to all, and his helpful nature. It will be painful to re-read his posts and entries - as I no doubt will, since he was an influential writer and member here - and to know that he will never write again.
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« Reply #5 on: 26 July 2012, 14:48:22 »

Incredible. Still cannot believe it. But then again, on the other "end" of the internet you don't know enough what's happening elsewhere as you don't have direct contact to these members, and if a face disappears for a while you have no idea why. It was very troubling already yesterday when we stumbled upon the news, and it's shocking today to hear the even worse news. As I already said on Facebook: Steve was a great and funny guy, always a joke on his lips and endowed with a lot of diverse talents. I'm very sad to hear this news, but am thankful that he accompanied us on our journey. Words - of course - aren't enough to express what I feel now, thinking back about the fun we had, but words have to do I fear: May you rest in peace, Steve!
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« Reply #6 on: 26 July 2012, 18:06:26 »

I know I've not been around much in a long while, but I wanted to stop by and say I'll miss Tharoc, and that I hope he got as much from this place as he put in. His ideas and character have been a big part of what makes this place great for as long as I've known the site, certainly.
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« Reply #7 on: 26 July 2012, 19:02:32 »

I am so, so sorry to hear this. I don't know what to say, except: Tharoc, you will be missed. Good luck to you, wherever you are now.
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« Reply #8 on: 26 July 2012, 21:33:04 »

Re-reading some of Tharoc's old posts, I was struck by his many references to medication he had to take regularly. I admire the spirit he showed here despite, apparently, having been unwell for some time. I am grateful that he chose to share so much of his time with us.
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« Reply #9 on: 26 July 2012, 23:11:58 »

Oh my. This is terrible.  :( As I perused some of Tharoc's old PMs to me, I came across a particularly sad one that brought a tear to my eye:

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Azhira. I wish I had more friends like you in RL.

We passed ideas back and forth over his masterwork (A Caaehl'heroth town Hell'wrung) and I am glad to have been a friend to him on this site, and grateful that we as a team were encouraging to him and helped him with his entries.

Tharoc's influence continues to be felt, and let's give thanks for his wonderful contributions to the Dream.
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« Reply #10 on: 26 July 2012, 23:22:31 »

I wonder whether we should make this thread visible to everyone, as Tharoc was also well-known and liked among Santharians who have not yet achieved full membership status?
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« Reply #11 on: 26 July 2012, 23:48:20 »

Exactly my thoughts when I just entered the Forum again, Shabakuk. I've now moved the thread to the Announcements and Web Design Forum. I've also changed his membership status to "Member", as he definitely deserved that recognition. I'll also see to make an announcement on the site itself.
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« Reply #12 on: 27 July 2012, 00:35:40 »

I'm not usually religious or pious, and I confess to not knowing Steve. Nonetheless, it is obvious he was loved as a Member of the Dream, and as a dear friend to many here. For whatever it's worth, my thoughts and spirit reach out to him and wish him well in his journey. Steve, you are and will be missed by many. Blessings to you, and may you find peace and love.
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« Reply #13 on: 27 July 2012, 03:09:23 »

The Web History page was now also updated with the sad news!
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« Reply #14 on: 27 July 2012, 09:42:52 »

cry  You will be missed, Tharoc (Steve).  He was a talented writer, who's sense of humour was only matched by his sense of fairplay and kindness on site.  He was a pleasure to work with, who took criticism with a big heart, and gave criticism with thoughtfulness and tact.  He possessed the best traits of what it meant to be a member, and I fully support a posthumous titling to full Member status.
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