On May 22, 2020, I received a message from the roommate of one of our cherished members, Phrancis (Francis Veilleux-Gaboury). She was reaching out and using his account to inform me that he had passed away the night before. Many of us around Code Review, and even in the wider Stack Exchange network knew Francis, especially those of us active in the chat rooms here on Code Review.
Francis passed without warning overnight, and his death appears to be due to prior health problems. Given the current situation, I would be remiss if I did not mention that there is no current indicated link to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is about the only solace I can take in this awful news.
I met Francis through Code Review several years ago, and since then have considered him a great friend, and an even greater mentor. Francis was a kind, caring person, and if anyone had the pleasure of speaking with him personally I would bet they would echo that sentiment. His desire for righteousness, and compassion for humans cannot be understated.
Due to Francis' connection with the Code Review community, it feels appropriate to give everyone an avenue to express their condolences, and remember him in a setting and environment that he truly loved. Francis loved the community, and especially the users he interacted with regularly. When I received the private note from his roommate, she mentioned two users in particular that he spoke of on a regular basis, which just emphasizes how he felt of the group of people here.
I do not know what date it will be yet, the current expectation is late Summer or Fall of this year, but there will be services held in Kentucky of the United States, and I will be driving down to observe them. I will print the sentiments left here to bring with me, and if permitted may also read from them or post them otherwise. To have yours included, just write an answer to this post. Additionally, feel free to edit as I won't print anything until I prepare to leave for services. As things come closer, I will update this post with the date of services and other details.