I am very sad to announce that the long-time poster we know as Stan James passed away on December 25, 2007, at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He was 55 years old. More info can be found in his obituary.
I only knew Stan from his postings here and a few private e-mails. He was immensely helpful to many, many people here over the years, and also showed a strong interest in learning new material, and was a friendly, enjoyable presence here. Several times we (the JavaRanch staff) invited him to become a moderator, as it was obvious that he was the sort of person we would benefit from having as a bartender here. Each time he politely declined, saying he didn't want to commit to something like that. Nonetheless he continued to keep helping people and generally behaving as a model JavaRancher - many of us considered him an honorary bartender in all but name. I'm glad he spent as much time with us as he did, and am very sorry we won't be seeing any more of him here.
Stan's true name has long been accessible to anyone who follows the links in his signature to his personal web site. Nonetheless, here he preferred to go by the name Stan James, and I would ask that we continue to respect his wishes in this regard. He'll always be Stan to me.
The obituary link above contains a link to a guestbook and a link for sending private condolences, which some of you may wish to use. Also, we will collect all postings from this thread and forward them on to the private condolences link.
Thanks for being such a helpful member of our community, Stan. You will be missed.
Stan was one of the best contributors to JavaRanch. He made so many good postings, always showing the patience which encouraged people to read what he had to say. He will be missed.
I think this is his last post here. He made several that morning, December 20 (in the US). No indication on his part that anything unusual was going on. Though to be fair, I don't know that he would have told us about it if he did know something was up. I suspect it was fairly sudden, but don't really know. I hope he got a chance to say goodbye to his family at least.
I still remember when I discussed my first implementation of command pattern with him in here. And he was agreeing with everything and gave me the confidence that I did the thing right. I will miss you, Stan.
I was really delighted and overwhelmed by the way he replies. He is one among the many bartendes i am a big fan of.
As all other ranchers said, you are surely being missed Stan. My thoughts are with your family members. May your soul rest in peace and may the almighty give enough support to your family members to sustain your unfortunate loss.
[Edited a term which was a typo and by mistake. Thanks to the bartenders who intimated me about that! So kind of you!]
[ January 09, 2008: Message edited by: Raghavan Muthu ]
my first reaction to the subject title was to check the date's not 1 April.
I'm absolutely dumbfounded - Stan (to me) was one of the few posters where,
when scrolling through a 'large-ish' thread, on spotting his name I'd pause
just to read his reply, often not for what he said, but for the way he said it.
A suggestion - add to JavaRanch's FAQ "How to Answer a Question",
using one of Stan's replies as the example.
Well, Stan, my first drink each Christmas Day will be to you - Rest In Peace.
Stan was one of those rare members whom's contributions I'd always read when I saw them, even if I wasn't very interested in the topic. And I learned a lot in our discussions, especially when we disagreed - and they were always a great pleasure. I can't tell you how much I will miss him, and it's a sad thought that now I won't ever have a chance to meet him in person...
Originally posted by Ilja Preuss:
...Stan was one of those rare members whom's contributions I'd always read when I saw them, even if I wasn't very interested in the topic.
Very true Ijla. I have done the same quite a few times.
And I learned a lot in our discussions, especially when we disagreed - and they were always a great pleasure. I can't tell you how much I will miss him, and it's a sad thought that now I won't ever have a chance to meet him in person...
Perfect. I have seen your arguments in some threads and i felt it was very much required to have a constructive criticism that fetches more out of the individuals to yield a good collective information.
Obviously, Stan's absence is a big loss!