Iain Truskett, or Spoon, will be sorely missed by the Perl community. He died on December 29th, 2003 in his home in Canberra, Australia.
Iain was a tireless contributor to Perl. Along the way, he:
Even more importantly, Iain was a great colleague. I never met him, or even spoke to him except through email and IRC, but I feel like he was a friend. He was always willing to help out when possible, and at least discuss an idea when not.
One night, we were in IRC helping someone with a testing problem. The problem was solved with a module that the person didn't know existed. I said "We should get together a list of all the Perl testing modules and summarize what they do. Would you be willing to help out?" A couple of hours later, he'd taken care of A-M, where it took me days to finish up N-Z. Later, when I thanked him for jumping on it so quickly, he confessed, "I was really just avoiding real work. :-)"
Farewell, Spoon. I wish I'd had a chance to meet you before you left so soon. We'll miss you.