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R.I.P. Felipe Gaúcho: DZone MVB & Tireless Java Advocate

03.08.2010
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The DZone team was very sad to read the news that Felipe Gaúcho had passed away this weekend. Felipe has been an active member of JavaLobby for many years, as well as being a key JUG leader. We'd like to say here how much we appreciate his many contributions to JavaLobby as a DZone MVB. Our most recent post from Felipe was just last Friday. 

Even though we never had the chance to meet him in person, it's clear that he was well thought of by his peers: 

Felipe was a young man with strong positions. It took time to convince him about other point of views, but he was the only one I know that once you get to change his position you will be the first one to know that. He comes back to the topic, merges points, discusses other details and goes on the direction of a better overall solution. I believe I improved my diplomacy skills discussing technology and community with him.

Felipe posted 29 pieces here on JavaLobby, each one of them a well written, concise article. Some of our favourite pieces include:

Today, Java.net has another piece in memory of Felipe, and it's clear from that post that he's had an impact on many people in the community. We think he would be happy to know how highly we all thought of him.  He certainly made JavaLobby a better place, and his contributions and articles will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family. If you have any memories or stories about Felipe that you'd like to share, please do.

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Rick Ross replied on Mon, 2010/03/08 - 12:14pm

I am deeply saddened to hear about Felipe's passing, and I hope his family knows how much he was appreciated by the worldwide Java community. What sad news!

Rick Ross

Fabrizio Giudici replied on Mon, 2010/03/08 - 1:07pm

I was shocked in a tornado of thoughts when I read the bad news. The first, obvious point is that you don't expect that a young man in health passes away - and especially one that you know. Accidents, killings, quakes and other bad things seem mostly to involve people that you don't know. Indeed in the past I lost dear ones in their youth, but you always think that those dramas are an exception, and won't repeat again in future.

When I got able again to sort things out, I focused on a specific episode with respect to Felipe. The past year, Felipe was so generous to host some Hudson jobs of mine on his host - it was a very important help for me, since in a few weeks I found myself unable to properly run CI on my old server and it took months for me to find a better solution.

In change for his favour, when I went to Zurich for the OSGi DevCon I brought Felipe a couple of bottles of italian wine - in turn he invited me to a dinner at his home. I wasn't able to pay the visit, because that day I felt sick, in the way that embarasses you when you go to somebody's else home.

Indeed, I pay a lot of attention to the old-style human relationships, especially in a world where many things have gone "virtual" - something that I don't like at all - technology is cold and void without the human touch (and dumb too - hell, how I do hate that blogs and forum posts are now attaching my smiling photo in such sad circumstances).

But I wasn't too angry for that missed opportunity, since I've met Felipe in many conferences and that would happen again in future; and planned to be back in Zurich sooner or later, perhaps for Jazoon 2010, in a few months.

I couldn't really imagine that it would have been too late. Now I regret that missed dinner so much. This recalls us that we aren't fully in control of our life.

Jevgeni Kabanov replied on Tue, 2010/03/09 - 8:49am

Shocking. I just met Felipe about a month ago at JFokus. He was a great guy, full of energy and kindness. It is very sad to think I won't be able to see him again. My condolences to the family :(

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