By now, the SharePoint professionals who follow any of the major blogs will have undoubtedly discovered the tragic news that the SharePoint community has lost a great man. Patrick Tisseghem passed away on September 3, 2008 due to a heart attack and failure.
After struggling with the loss today I wanted to share first my deepest condolences to his family. His wife and daughters seemed to be frequently in tow at conferences and were clearly a source of deep joy for Patrick. I know that his drive was in part based on the desire to make a better life and a better world for his family.
Certainly, 39 years on this earth wasn’t enough. However, Patrick used every moment he was given. Whether it was writing, speaking, or otherwise supporting and mentoring developers, he was always trying to support, encourage, and nurture his students, colleagues, and friends. He was always giving and sharing.
Patrick was truly alive that is more than most can say. I can think of no greater compliment to pay him than that he lived life to the fullest.