Mark Finlay a.k.a &quoSisob&quo

Posted 10 Jan 2004 at 19:45 UTC by AlanHorkan Share This

Mark Finlay, also known as sisob has passed away. This is a repost of my diary entry because I noticed that already someone has posted in their advogato diary and I hope others who knew him will use the comment system to say nice things.

Mark Finlay passed away peacefully at home on Friday 9th January 2004. I will be attending his funeral on Monday.

He will greatly be missed.

On a lighter note, seeing how I never treated Mark any differently in life because of his illness (at least I don't think I ever did) now is certainly not the time to start so I will try to pay tribute to him instead.

I wrote my diary entry earlier this afternoon and I managed to mistype his name as Mark Finaly instead of Mark Finlay or should I asy MArk Finlay as he so often mistyped, he would have been amused.
It is hard to type accurately when your are crying, half laughing trying to remember what a nice guy he was and times well spent.

Mark was an avid blogger, and active in the Open Source community in a variety of ways. Sisob's Advogato diary says it pretty well as do his writings at tuxfamily.org which he posted to as recently as the 29th December.


I dont think this will look right later on in cold hard print but I'm trying to just say it as it is. It is hard to make sense of it, so I dont expect my writing will make a whole lot of sense.

I'll try and write some more later. I have not written an article before so i hope the system allows me to edit this more later.


I guess I cant edit this later, posted 10 Jan 2004 at 20:18 UTC by AlanHorkan » (Master)

I guess I cant edit this later, the system doesn't seem to allow for follow up. I'll keep adding comments as I think of things.

I really wish Mark had met more of the community. I tried to encourage him to be irresponsable and come along to GUADEC when it was held in Dublin even though it was right in the middle of his final school exams. He got into University though and he is much smarter than I am and I am sure made the right decision. In his blog he wrote how he got top marks in his work.

He was always in fairly good humour, friendly and thoughful. He didn't let things get him down even though he was often extremely tired I dont think he had any regrets. He would have been pleased to be

I'm glad to have known him.

I've been told there are lots of comments about Mark on Planet Gnome. I will try and link to as many of them as I can. I encourage you link to them in the comments here to help me keep track of them.

I hope to print them out for his family or something.

Link to comments, posted 10 Jan 2004 at 20:26 UTC by AlanHorkan » (Master)

A link to comments by jdub
http://www.gnome.org/~jdub/blog/2004/Jan/10

Candle for Mark in Berlin, posted 11 Jan 2004 at 01:14 UTC by frehberg » (Journeyer)

Lighting candle for Mark in Berlin.

Bleh, posted 11 Jan 2004 at 05:25 UTC by diablod3 » (Apprentice)

It sucks when we lose one of our own. Hope they have vi and gcc in heaven.

RIP, posted 11 Jan 2004 at 12:27 UTC by nymia » (Master)

I was trying to figure to whom I got the information about Word Press but somehow lost it. Only then I remembered after reading about Sisob's encounter with Word Press did I remember it came from his web log.

You will surely be remembered Sisob. Thanks for the link.

requiescat in pace, domine, ad lux eterna.

:-(, posted 12 Jan 2004 at 03:21 UTC by gilbou » (Observer)

I felt worried when he told about his need to get to hospital in one of his previous log. Then he seemed to diseappear and now... Not only sad because he's gone but because I wanted to email him about WordPress I had checked. Looks like the world is spinning counter-clockwise since we moved to 2004 and nothing just fits good in the picture of the world around. Reading again his words from 23 Dec 2003 gives me tears. And it will probably be the same for me and plenty other people. We post a blog entry and then what ? We'll just be gone, forever. And all I can do is give the finger to death now.

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