Absolutely horrified and heartbroken to wake up to this news this morning. I am still reeling with shock. I have been a member of AN for many, many years. (2002) Allnurses was a godsend when I first began my nursing studies. I was completely new to computers in general at that time, and through the AN website, learned so, so much.. not just about nursing, but computers and message board etiquette. Made more friends here than I could ever count. Have remained friends with these over the span of nearly 12 years. I, too, was once a moderator here, as well as a guide for a short time.
Brian was a joy to all who knew him and were privileged to communicate with him. He was personable, and he viewed us as 'family'. He allowed us inside his life and we did the same with him.
I will always remember his unsolicited generosity when my little grandson Gavin was first diagnosed with Autism four years ago. Within days of that diagnosis, to my great surprise, a package arrived at my doorstep from Brian. It was an iPad for Gavin. He still has it and treasures it to this day.
I will be forever grateful…I am devastated and my heart is beyond broken today. For all the family. And for all of us. You and yours will be so sorely missed. Your smile, your laughter, your generosity, your family photos, your drones and lake fun photos, your dreams and adventures.
RIP dear friend. You were a friend indeed.