Just before New Year’s Eve we received the sad news that on December 3rd, 2022, our fellow forum member @Blanc died at the age of 46 after fighting for his life for two weeks in an intensive care unit in Passau, Germany.
@Blanc joined our little community only in May 2019 and quickly became one of its most respected members. With his unflappable composure and humor he knew how to calm even the most heated discussions and give them a positive spin. He never lost his temper, always had that smile that we all could feel shining through his words on the screen.
In real life @Blanc served as a medical doctor, steering his department tirelessly through the depths of the pandemic and his motorcycle through the mountainous landscape of Bavaria. I met him in person for lunch in Eggenfelden where he was just as liked and respected as he was here, which was easy to tell just by watching all the people greeting and talking to him everywhere we went.
This is such sad news. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and medical patients. His virtual presence here was a benefit to the community in these forums, and I can only imagine how much more keenly his loss will affect his real-life community.
@Blanc was the epitome of what makes a wonderful tech community: warm, knowledgeable, generous, bipartisan, insightful. For a long time I thought he must be an employee: but no, just a kind person who gave his help freely. I will sorely miss his frequent and helpful contributions. The DT forum is one of the most supportive tech communities I have seen in 30 years of internet access, and a lot of that is down to @Blanc. RIP.