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January 21, 2010

Farewell, Jack Pickard

@ 1:44 PM
In November 2005 a small bunch of geeks met on a grey day in Manchester to discuss web accessibility. That's when I first met Jack Pickard in the flesh (we'd met virtually on AccessifyForum some time earlier that year). We quickly became friends and over the next few years I had the privilege of working and socialising with Jack.

Jack died suddenly last Saturday. It's a tragedy that someone who had so much to give, and gave it so freely, has left us far too soon. Whenever we met Jack always talked about his family, the GLW and his two sons, and my thoughts are with Tracey and the boys.

I wish I could do justice to Jack's memory here, but I can't express just what a great person Jack was. He was funny, thoughtful, intelligent, committed, and did more for web accessibility than can be measured. We never fell out, even on the day we first met when Chelsea beat his beloved Newcastle 3-0.

Farewell my friend, you'll be missed and remembered.