[python-uk] Fwd: News about Rob Collins

Nicholas H.Tollervey ntoll at ntoll.org
Tue Jul 26 15:23:59 EDT 2016


Peter,

This is very sad news. :-(

I remember Rob giving me a massage in Florence. As he was doing so he
explained that his massage-a-thons were the second highest source of
donated income for the PSF. A truly wonderful result for which Rob
should be congratulated. I also appreciated the good grace he showed as
people paid him NOT to massage them while eating their conference dinner
at EuroPython.

Best wishes to Rob and Ann.

N.

On 26/07/16 19:58, Peter Inglesby wrote:
> Hi all,
> 
> Please see the forwarded message below for some news about Rob Collins
> -- I'm afraid it's not good news.  Rob has been a member of the Python
> community in the UK for a very long time, and is a regular at PyCon UK.
> 
> When John Pinner was ill, Rob organised a card-signing for John at PyCon
> UK, and I would like us to do the same for Rob.  If you have any
> messages of support or reminiscences that you would like to share with
> Rob, please send them to me by the end of Saturday.  The PyCon UK
> committee will collate them and we'll send them on to Ann.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Peter.
> 
> 
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: *Anthon van der Neut* <avdn at europython.eu <mailto:avdn at europython.eu>>
> Date: 26 July 2016 at 12:21
> Subject: News about Rob Collins
> To: EuroPython Society Board <board at europython.eu
> <mailto:board at europython.eu>>, Harry Percival <hjwp2 at cantab.net
> <mailto:hjwp2 at cantab.net>>, board at python.org <mailto:board at python.org>,
> Peter Inglesby <peter.inglesby at gmail.com <mailto:peter.inglesby at gmail.com>>
> 
> 
> L.S.
> 
> I wrote to Rob Collins, because he was a fixture for me at EuroPython
> doing the massages, collecting money for the PSF, and because I missed
> him this year. I asked around if anybody knew why he was not there and
> since nobody knew, decided to write him. Unfortunately the news I got
> back from his wife Ann is not so good, see below.
> 
> Please forward this information within the Python community as Ann asked
> in her reply. I am not sure if we should necessarily coordinate
> responses, but I would like to ask anyone writing to Rob (through Ann)
> to **explicitly state that you don't expect an answer**, so that those
> (e)mails become a support for Rob and Ann without being a possible
> burden for Ann, who might feel guilty if she cannot find the time to
> answer in such a stressful time.
> 
> Regards
> Anthon
> 
> 
> 
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject:        Re: EuroPython 2016
> Date:   Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:49:26 +0100
> From:   Rob Collins <rob.collins at agiledata.co.uk
> <mailto:rob.collins at agiledata.co.uk>>
> To:     Anthon van der Neut <avdn at europython.eu <mailto:avdn at europython.eu>>
> 
> 
> 
> Hello Anthon, this is Rob's wife Ann here.
> 
> That's really kind of you to message Rob, especially regarding the
> massages! He was excited to raise money for the Python Foundation doing
> the massages, and encouraging others to do them too. I'm so glad Harry
> organized some massage this year!
> 
> Rob is currently in hospital. He was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma
> Multiforme, essentially brain tumours, inoperable, quickly fatal, and
> rather a shock to us all. The diagnosis was further complicated by a
> major bleed from the tumours, resulting in a massive stroke. Rob can't
> move his right side at all, and has problems swallowing, and has until
> this week only been able to communicate by grunting. At last he is
> beginning to make words, but any concentrated effort wears him out very
> quickly- but it is wonderful to hear him speaking a little again. We are
> getting a room ready at home for him to return to, with hospital bed,
> hoist, wheelchair, and carers. He is desperate to come home, and we all
> want to spend his last few weeks with him here.
> 
> Please do pass this news within the Python community as you need to.
> Thanks again for sending your message! Hope you enjoyed EuroPython. I
> came with Rob to Florence when it was held there, and had a wonderful
> time visiting the sights, and then took Rob to the Boboli Gardens when
> the conference ended and he had a couple of days of holiday before we
> flew home. I also came to the Saturday evening meal last year at PyCon
> UK, and it was good to put faces to the names I'd heard Rob mention before.
> 
> Best wishes to you, Ann
> 
> On 24 July 2016 at 21:28, Anthon van der Neut <avdn at europython.eu
> <mailto:avdn at europython.eu>
> <mailto:avdn at europython.eu <mailto:avdn at europython.eu>>> wrote:
> 
>     Dear Rob,
> 
>     I don't know if you remember me, but I missed you at EuroPython this
>     year. I had seen you there every time I went to EuroPython (several
>     times since 2006) and PyCon UK (a few times in 00's).
> 
>     At the social event Harry (who did the lightning talks last year, in the
>     absense of Harald) organized the massage and I realised I had not seen
>     you yet. I asked around if you are OK, but nobody could give me any
>     information.
> 
>     I just wanted to let you know that I like to think your absence was
>     because you had even better things to do than go to EuroPython, and that
>     I hope to see you again at a future event.
> 
>     Regards
>     Anthon van der Neut
>     Boardmember/Treasurer EuroPython Society
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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