I’m afraid I can’t claim to call Tim my friend, but only because we ever met face to face a couple of times. Like many people, I got to know Tim through what he shared with our community. I read his blog, watched his videos, and occasionally interacted through Skype. In fact, I watched the Java series he did for NotesIn9 only 2 weeks ago. I think that’s why this has hit me harder than perhaps I would have thought. I have his voice in my head. I even had a quick chat with him on Skype right after I finished the third video to tell him that he totally blew my mind. I was so happy and eager to try what he had shared.
I have two other memories of Tim I’d like to share. The first comes from Lotusphere two years ago after I did my Spark Ideas session. For those who were there, I struggled through it. Later in the day we passed in the hallway and he stopped me and shared a word of encouragement. Simple. Nice. Kind.
The other memory of Tim that I want to share with everyone comes from Lotusphere this past January. We happened to cross paths in Kimonos well into the night and struck up a conversation. Paul Withers joined us too. During the conversation Tim shared Yubixi with me. Most of it went over my head, but it was so cool, and I could tell he was really excited about it. He also shared a story from his GBS days about enlightening a client about the things they could do with Domino. It was a great story. Toward the end of the conversation some of the people I had entered Kimonos with, and had ignored for close to an hour, had decided to leave. I received a couple of hugs and as one of the girls who hugged me passed Tim reached out and said “I don’t know you but I want a hug too.” Laughter. Polite. Spontaneous.
I wish I got to know him better. Just from the small amount of contact I have had with him, I will miss him too.
Rest in Peace Tim