|09-05-2010, 04:03 PM||#1|
zeldinha zippy zeldissima
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Paris, France
Device: eb1150 & is that a nook in her pocket, or she just happy to see you?
Tragic news about Patricia
This is certainly the hardest thing I've ever had to write, and my heart is very heavy trying to find the words.
I am very sad to have to tell you that Patricia has died after 2 weeks in hospital. Her partner requested that this be kept private while she was ill, but he has given me permission to share this news now and I felt that her friends would want to know.
She was loved by so many of us for her kindness, intelligence, humour, wit... for the beautiful books she so generously made and shared with us, for the even-tempered perspective she brought to all discussions, for her readiness to help, for her compassion and the friendship she showed us. She was at the heart of MobileRead, one of the people who made it the place it is, one of the reasons I (and many of us, I know) wanted to spend time here.
She will be sorely missed. Some of us in Paris got to know her personally when she came to our meetups and we will always feel her absence now.
Words can't express my grief knowing that I won't see her again and I know that many of you who knew her well will share it. I am sorry to bring such tragic news. Today is a dark day and we are all poorer for the loss of one of the finest souls I have ever known, someone I was happy and privileged and proud to count as my dear friend.
Please feel free to share some stories and memories of Patricia here to honour her, if you like. I think she would have liked that.
I have sent the link to this thread to Patricia's partner who shared it with her sister and daughter and they are all very moved by all your heartfelt words. i wish i had the eloquence of some of you ; you all seem to speak from my heart so much better than i can right now.
i also asked if there were any charities we might give to, in Patricia's name. after discussing it, Patricia's family has proposed three, the combination of which would best represent Patricia :
Gingerbread (which helps single parents, and which did help Patricia),
the Stroke Association (which helps stroke victims - in a way, this is what Patricia was)
and Medical Aid for Palestine.
According to her partner, the tradition in the UK is that cheques are sent to the funeral directors, who would then send donations to those charities. However since we are such an international population, this may not be practical for everyone, so i've included direct links to the charities sites. When i have the information about the funeral director i will add it here, as well.
pilotbob has set up a donation page :
Here is the information about Patricia's funeral arrangements, if anyone in the UK would like to attend the service :
Last edited by zelda_pinwheel; 09-09-2010 at 11:30 AM.
|09-05-2010, 04:07 PM||#2|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Ft Lauderdale
She was already missed, but I always thought she would eventually be back. Please give my deepest condolences to her partner.
|09-05-2010, 04:11 PM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Device: Liseuse: Irex DR800. PRS 505 in the house, and the missus has an iPad.
|09-05-2010, 04:13 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Zealand
Device: Samsung Galaxy Tab
I'm so very sorry. I'm still fairly new here, so can't claim to have known Patricia well, but it's clear from your tribute that she was a very special person.
|09-05-2010, 04:18 PM||#6|
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Midlands, UK
Device: Sony 600, Sony 650, Sony T2, Xoom, Nexus 7 (2012 & 2013), Nook ST (x2)
Thanks for the news and the beautifully written memorial Zelda.
I recall Patricia very well from my earlier days here on MR and she was unfailingly welcoming, courteous and interesting in discussions. I am the proud owner of a number of books she converted.
Our community will be diminished by her loss. RIP
|09-05-2010, 04:39 PM||#7|
aka coco jinlo
Join Date: Apr 2009
Device: Just purchased Sony 505, but alas, it is for the wife
Patricia was kind, giving and helpful.
For me, this one simple thread, http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78210, does more to illustrate her character than any words I could write now.
She responded to the request of a stranger with the heart of someone willing to do as much as possible.
May her spirit find joyous adventures.
|09-05-2010, 04:44 PM||#8|
New York Editor
Join Date: Aug 2007
Device: Palm TX, Azpen A727 tablet, Fujitsu Lifebook p2110 w/ FBReader
Every community has a culture, and the culture is a reflection of the personalities of the founders. Patricia was here when I came on board, as a poster, moderator, and tireless converter of books to ebook format for the rest of us to read and treasure.
She was unfailingly welcoming to new members, courteous to all, and creator of posts that were always worth reading. For me, she was a large part of what made MobileRead the place it is, and that place is a very fine thing indeed.
I never had the opportunity to meet her in person, but I felt honored and enriched by knowing her electronically. I'll miss her a lot, and can only hope to live up to the example she set in my own activity.
Farewell, Patricia. If there's a better place after this life, I'm sure you're in it.
|09-05-2010, 04:45 PM||#9|
Join Date: Nov 2007
Device: Palm TX, CyBook Gen3
I'm so very sorry to hear this news.
I'll never forget Patricia's many kindnesses and her generosity - she was all that was best of Mobileread.
My thoughts are with her family and friends.
Zelda, this must have been so tough for you to tell us - thank you, and my sincere commiserations to you, and all the mods who worked with her.
|09-05-2010, 04:51 PM||#10|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, iPad Air, iPod Nano, & a PC running Windows 9½.
This is very terrible indeed. She helped me out on more than one occasion. This is a very sad day for MobileRead. She was the best!
I've only uploaded one ebook to MR, nothing like the vast numbers Patricia has uploaded over the years, but when I had questions about how to do it, Patricia was the one I turned to, and she was only too willing to help.
Last edited by WT Sharpe; 09-05-2010 at 05:00 PM.
|09-05-2010, 05:03 PM||#11|
The Dank Side of the Moon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Device: Kindle2; Xoom; Kindle Fire
OMG. I'm so sorry to hear this. Condolences and healing thoughts to all who knew and loved her!
|09-05-2010, 05:05 PM||#12|
Calgary wins Grey Cup!
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Raleigh, NC
Device: jetBook Lite, Kindle 4
I feel a great loss.
Patricia uploaded a number of works simply because I requested that she look up a few authors. She was unfailingly generous.
I'll say a prayer for her tonight.
|09-05-2010, 05:10 PM||#13|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Pacific Northwest, USA
Device: Won't fit here anymore, see sig for a list of liseuses.
I am deeply saddened by this news of Patricia's passing. Patricia was a rock of MR, a very mature, warm, intelligent, kind, disciplined, stable presence. Once I mentioned a book to her that was not yet in the MR ebook archive, and the next day she had already made one and uploaded it. It always amazed me how she can make all those ebooks and read them to boot. She was the type of person whom you wanted to be your friend. I will miss her. Rest in peace, Patricia.
|09-05-2010, 05:19 PM||#14|
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Northern Virginia
Device: EBW-1150, Sony PRS-700BC, Sony PRS-600BC, Sony PRS650BC
This is truly tragic news.
Patricia was always a sensitive voice and it was her gentleness of spirit that is one of the reasons I love to come to MR when life allows the time. I will dearly miss her.
Zelda, please relay to her partner how much we all valued Patricia's selflessness and kindness here at MR and how incredibly sad we are at her passing.
May God bless you and keep you, dearest Patricia.
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