Sunday, November 4, 2012
We lost our friend, Tom-m, Tom Mailloux, on October 25, 2012. Tom had been a member of BookCrossing since July, 2002, just a week less than me. Although he battled chronic illness, he was full of joy and interest in those around him. He was always there to send vibes and sympathy and support when a BookCrosser was in need. In looking back through his forum posts, I was struck by how many of his posts were in support of others.
Tom was an avid reader, I guess that's no surprise. But he was also a storyteller and an astute judge of people. I think it's because he cared about people so much. He was an optimist and always found the positive in the people around him.
He will be greatly missed by those of us who laughed and cried with him through the years.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Maryzee was a lovely person. I was lucky enough to know her through the forums and through our mutual enthusiasm for BookCrossing. I never got to meet her in person, but I know we would have been instant friends.
Now, I want to share this comment from someone who knew her well. Thanks to Katekintail for sharing this post from the BCinDC blog.
"On September 8, BCinDC lost one of our most enthusiastic and dedicated members. MaryZee was a great supporter of and advocate for BookCrossing. She arranged and managed the BookCrossing table at our local Random House bookfair. At book festivals, she was always excited to not just give books away but explain about going online to see where books had been. She maintained many OBCZs over the years as well as wonderfully themed bookboxes. She was generous with her time–helping out at our convention–and with her books–thrusting them upon her friends with detailed recommendations.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA, 23058.
We are grateful for the time Mary chose to spend with us and the books she shared. We are glad we could call such a sweet and caring woman our friend. And everyone in BCinDC will miss her greatly."
And everyone at BookCrossing will miss her as well.
The MaryZee bookshelf
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Notice the shirt! Dunzy left us in August, 2012 and left behind many BookCrossing fans who will miss his wit and love of life. He was one of the early members, having been here almost 10 years.
In reading through the forums, all of the posts about him mentioned his wit and intelligence. He loved books and great literature and delighted in sharing and discussing both. The list of his books on his BC bookshelf is impressive.
Jessibud was telling a story about a running joke between the two of them. In earlier BC days, there was a leaderboard of forum posts. He would PM her and tell her their standings on the leaderboard. They kept up this mythical race until the leader board vanished.
He spent most of his BC time over in the Book Talk forum. I understand that he was quite active in the Discuss That Quote thread.
PaperbackPal said, "He made the world a better place and made millions smile. I hope there's James Joyce and lots of poetry wherever he is!" I second that.
The Dunzy Bookshelf
Saturday, June 30, 2012
We lost Oppem on June 23, 2012. In my quest to learn more, the same words kept showing up over and over-kind, generous, warm, active. I think KiwiinEngland summed it up the best when she said, "Oppem helped create a giving atmosphere in the forum."
She was very active in various bookrings the Wishlist Tag group, Birthday RABCK, as well as many of the other things BookCrossers invented to share their love of books.
The Oppem Bookshelf
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Bookcloud joined BC in 2007, thanks to her sister MadMadge. She passed after a brief illness on May 30, 2012. Since no one knew her as well as her sister, I'll let Madmadge share her with us.
" My sister Bookcloud (Sue) passed away on 30th May 2011 suddenly and unexpectedly. She was much younger than me by 12 years so it was a huge shock to me and the rest of the family. Bookcloud had many interests and many friends.
We didn’t always share the same reading interests, but she and I were reading our way through the Peter James’ ‘Roy Grace’ series. When I e-mailed him to tell him of her passing he replied almost immediately with his condolences. She loved her books and she has very many on her shelves that she never got around to registering.
She had lately been undergoing some painful surgery on her feet. Bookcloud was born with bilateral talipes (otherwise known as club foot), which was operated on when she was a tiny baby. However, that surgery had broken down and she needed further work to enable her to walk without pain. She was so brave, despite all the problems she encountered, and was so looking forward to being able to walk normally again.
She was a member of a special site which catered for people all over the world suffering from talipes and was in touch with many of them. She had also campaigned in this country to have the condition recognized by the Department of Work and Pensions as a debilitating condition which warranted a disablement benefit and had heard, only 24 hours before she died, that she had achieved that recognition.
While recovering from her surgery and being unable to work, Bookcloud had become involved with a wonderful place called Cherry Tree Nursery (otherwise known as SWOP – Sheltered Work Opportunities Project) and worked as a volunteer. Cherry Tree has been a great benefit to people suffering from mental illness. Here is a link to the site: http://www.cherrytreenursery.
I miss my sister very much. She was always there for me and the rest of the family if any of us needed her. She had a great passion for life, despite her physical problems, and lived it to the fullest
She was especially fond of her grandson Ethan and had been collecting Michael Morpurgo books for him so it is good to know that he can read them in her memory. She loved to read to him and he loved the ritual of the bedtime story. She was a strong believer in introducing books to children as soon as possible.
And I second that. Thank you so much for sharing Sue with us.
The Bookcloud Bookshelf
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Friday, April 20, 2012
"She had been battling ovarian cancer for a couple of years going through surgery and chemo but smiling and reading all the time. On April 15 she lost that battle and BookCrossing lost a lovely person. She was the first person to catch one of my wild-released books and we became friends thereafter. We had very similar tastes in books and traded a lot of books back and forth. She was very active on the Books forum and started the SIY (Set It Yourself) quarterly challenges which are still carrying on.
I miss her almost every day."
The MrsGaskell Bookshelf
Monday, January 30, 2012
Joseki passed away in January, 2012. Unfortunately, I didn't know Joseki very well. We had talked on the forums, of course, but I didn't really know him well enough to write something special enough. So, I turned to our friend, Miketroll, for his thoughts.
"To my regret, I never met Matthew in real life, but his online presence always made me think of him as a friend. He loved to share a joke, but even more than that he was passionate about building a better world. He was enormously intelligent and knowledgeable, happy to talk about life, politics, science, religion with anyone, and always showed respect for others, never treating them with anything less than kindness.
Matthew was a wonderful man. He is greatly missed on the Bookcrossing forum and by his Facebook friends."
Thank you Mike. I'm sorry that I didn't know him better.