What a terrible loss for the community.I truly enjoyed reading his posts,
even the anti-C/UNIX rants :). To me, being stuck on the lowly apprentice
level, it was very inspirational to have access to what he as one of the
true gurus of the OS had to say on all sorts of subjects, not just the ones
of immediate interest to me.

2010/10/15 Dennis Lovelady <iseries@xxxxxxxxxxxx>

I marveled at Simon. He was brilliant and had acquired an amazing wealth
knowledge in his IBM days that somehow kept growing that after he left.
There seemed to be no language that Simon hadn't mastered, though his
hands-down favorite seemed to be RPG.

I'll miss his raillery, especially when it came to the C language. (For
those who did not know - and as an understatement - Simon wasn't to be
counted as a fan of the language, although he was more than a little
proficient with it.)

When he wrote his semi-private health announcement just over two months
I marveled again at the strength of a man who knew his time here was to be
short, and his ability to present the news matter-of-factly, without
apparent emotion.

Simon was a pillar, and at least this one fan will miss him severely.
Though we never had opportunity to meet, we were casual friends since the
80s, and it was this list that made that possible. Ah, nostalgia! Thank
you, Simon, for keeping it real, interesting, and downright hilarious!

Dennis Lovelady

-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-
bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jon Paris
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 12:31 AM
To: Midrange rpg400-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: Paul Tuohy
Subject: Simon Coulther

Some of you may have noticed that Simon has not been frequenting the
forums of
late. Truth of the matter is that for the last few months he has been
a very virulent form of cancer and just didn't have the strength to sit
at the
computer for more than a few minutes.

Sadly this was a battle he couldn't win and he died quietly on Tuesday.
I am
just grateful that he had the strength to talk to Susan and myself for
an hour last week when he spotted that we were on-line on Skye.

I'll miss his wit, his wisdom, and his forthright nature. He was a good
and colleague and a brilliant programmer.

G'day mate - it was great knowing you.

Jon Paris
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