In Memoriam Gerardus
On Friday, December 30, 2011 Gerard died. He had a long history of severe migraine, that in the last twenty years persisted almost continuously. His wife Katja, with whom he had an intimate relationship, was always the one who managed to drag him through. It was a heavy blow to him when she had a brain tumor and died. Despite his years of migraines Gerard had a very successful career and had very wide interests, knowledge and a passion for modern art. Especially for sculpture, as illustrated by thousands of contributions on Wikipedia. Wikipedia has meant much to him in recent years because it gave him a goal and a daily occupation, which otherwise would mainly be dominated by the migraine. In this way he has been able to give a very constructive and positive approach to a crippling disease. It was also the Wikipedia Community who in recent years have yielded his best contacts, something that often surprised him and that he was grateful for. On Gerard's behalf I'd like to thank you for your support, online discussions, comments and contributions. Gerard died in the way he wanted, in peace and quiet, but not alone. His cremation has already taken place, also in silence. I got to know Gerard closely, particularly in recent months, that's why I think it's important to reflect on his life, so I hope you would like to contribute something to the memory of Gerard at this place. What is important here to mention is that every article Gerard placed on Wikipedia, was first read by Katja and, if necessary added to, so the contributions of Gerard were also partly by Katja. I'm glad I could get to know them. In gratitude that Gerard could find the peace he longed for so long, Satrughna (talk) 21:06, 4 January 2012 (UTC)
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