In remembrance of a late fellow Applefritter member, "Word03-04, Disco inferno", I want to say a few things on how he has brought joy to the AF community.
After knowing him privately for about 4 months, he took his life, something that most of us had never expected him to do.
He was very knowledgeable and helped a lot on this closed community (in some ways closed, in others open) and was freely giving advice. He has always been on hand with witty comments, and his love for Apple computers, that he took it to the extent to get certified for apple and worked at an Apple care center in Illawarra Australia.
This man's name was Patrick R Roy.
He was born in 1987, and had lived until October 2005. In the time I had known him, we had many chats on MSN and Yahoo Messenger, some of them serious, some of them just to shoot the breeze. They had all been fun. But it is something I will miss.
In 1996, at the age of 9, he had been diagnosed with 'Severe Psychosis' and had rapidly regressed until he was no longer able to hold his job. He had Delusions, and had been getting increasingly more paranoid.
How I felt when this happened.
Starting with the /end http://www.applefritter.com/node/8878 post that he wrote, I tried to keep in touch with him but it slowly slipped away. When seeing this, I immediately called to the Apple Care center in Aus, and did my best to get routed to him. I was able to contact him, but he was in a pretty unstable state. My heart just floored to the ground when i initially saw that the post was to mark his suicide. on October, 4th, I was to never here from him again.
then about on Wednesday, Decemberm 14th, I was watching my MSN for other friends that will be logging in, when he suddenly logged in. But it was not him, it was his sister. That was when the terrible news I had not wanted to here hit me. He was dead. He died of Suicide, and they were going thru his things. Among them was the iMac that his sister used and contacted me on. I immediately reported this on the /end post. But I was pretty badly shaken. It was something I had not wanted to post, and had dreaded doing since I lost communications.
Even though long distances can keep you pretty much out of the loop, I still felt a strong connection with people I meet online, even though I may never see their face. but they are always remembered.
I am sorry if I haven't written this right, but it was on short notice. But I can say that may god have mercy on his soul.
So, I encourage you to write your feelings on this subject. And hopefully we can remember an AF Member legacy that was on here. And hope and pray that we never see this again, on this, or any other forum.