DAVID STEWART LOST his battle with cancer five years ago, my dad eight years ago and several other significant people in my life every year. I donate to cancer research because the disease hits so close.
David died on the 12th of October 2006, following a struggle with stomach cancer. His chemo treatments made his last four Typepad blog entries into groggy expressions of hope. The cocktail of monoclonal antibodies that he had to endure were meant to give him a lifeline all the way to surgery a few months later. David's condition was worse than he shared in the initial diagnosis. He never got the surgery that might have let him see the first iPhone.
Those in the Irish blogging community knew David Stewart as a grandfather of online communications. I caught up with him several times before the Irish Blog Awards existed. He shared thoughts on mailing lists and discussion boards before 9/11. I sat next to David at several product launches when his deteriorating condition forced him to nod off. Nonetheless, his astute reporting and technical savvy earned him the respect of technology journalists in Ireland.
I miss David Stewart and I'm glad that Say Media keep his blog lighted. His final 10 posts inspire me.
Previously -- David Stewart. RIP. October 12, 2006.