>catalexis, R.I.P.

A fellow Atriot and Practice Room reader passed away this week at age 50. I didn’t know him well but always enjoyed his intelligent, off-beat comments. Last month he had even joined the network for this blog on facebook.
The infuriating thing about his death, however, is this: he was online and commenting at Eschaton, and said that he felt he might be having a heart attack. He even joked about it; I hope this isn’t a heart attack I’m having right now. I can’t afford one. I guess I need to go lie down for a bit. Lich King comes out tomorrow and I am not going to kick it before getting my hands on that puppy. Fellow posters urged to go to the hospital Right Away, but at some point he decided it might not be serious.

There was also this beautiful, quirky post:
The ability to speak in coherent sentences is now presented as an elitist anachronism that denies the authenticity of the id driven avatar of the American heartland. A nation that is driving itself to manifest Loki, Manabozho, Satan, the Trickster. Not as the smooth spoken deceiver of the intellectually proud as in the histories we have but as a stirring, dismissive, and divisive populist deceiver of the proud anti-intellectual patriot of today’s America, the cautionary tales for tomorrow…if there is a tomorrow.

For Geoffrey there was only part of a tomorrow, as he died the next day. Peace to his family and friends. He will be missed.

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19 Responses to >catalexis, R.I.P.

  1. Anonymous says:

    >Brava, ragazza!ql

  2. >Beautiful.He will be missed.Thank you for writing this.

  3. VforVirginia says:

    >So sweet, honey.Thanks for sharing your thoughts.He will, in fact, be missed.

  4. Ruth says:

    >Such a good person. Thanks.

  5. Hecate says:

    >May the Goddess guard him. May he find his way to the Summerlands. May his friends and family know peace. I always liked his comments.

  6. Anonymous says:

    >Marcellina, that is so beautiful. Thanks so much for posting this.ErinPDX

  7. Gromit says:

    >Thanks for doing this, M.Condolences to catalexis’ friends and family.Take good care of yourselves and those you love, people.

  8. Uncle Smokes says:

    >The web is creating a new kind of social memory, as people love and grieve with so many more others they may never meet in person.I live like a hermit, and I’m heartened by this development.Goodbye, Catalexis. So many more people now mark your passing because of good folk like Marcellina.

  9. Chris says:

    >I have known Geoffrey for 9 years now, and his passing comes as a loss to this world. While I don’t play WoW, Geoffrey was a real-life paladin. He would happily give you his shirt if you were cold, and then cut off his hair and give that to you as a scarf. While he was too humble to admit it, his brilliance and insight surpassed many.I will miss Geoffrey. The world is a bit more “modern” and cruel without him.Chris

  10. Marcellina says:

    >Could you write to me at thepracticeroomblog@gmail.com and let me know where and to whom I might be able to send a sympathy card on behalf of Eschaton? We have been talking of him for days, and people would like to do something in his honor.

  11. Heather says:

    >Thank you for your kind and precious words about Geoffrey. Since fall of 1998, I’ve had the privilege of calling him “friend.” His loss is a blow to the heart and gut not easily rectified. He was my best friend and confidante during my years at NAU and afterwards. One of the best things I have ever done in my life was accost this gentle giant of a man in the line at the NAU cafeteria after exiting my EE I class and say “‘scaue me, but I recognize you from class. Did you understand what the professor as talking about?” In reply, his eyes lit up and with a cheerful grin he invited me to join him for lunch. Little did I know I had just “pushed play” on one of the most erudite and knowledgeable men I would ever know and acquired a friend in the process. Taking an action I rarely took (accosting a stranger) resulted in one of the best friendships I would ever have.Over the years, I would discover a man with an intuitive understanding of Computer Science and Electronics. He had a talent for “step 2-ing” his way to a solution that we would then spend several hours trying to prove. He also had a rich baritone singing voice, a wicked wit (and a mean punster), and an amazing talent for languages and mimicry. One of the most joyful times in his life was spent in community theater in his home town of Kingman, AZ, when he played the role of Henry II in “The Lion in Winter.” While I never had the honor of seeing him perform the role on stage, I almost feel as though I did because he could drop into the role at the drop of a hat, voice, mannerisms, and all. The man was in many ways a chameleon. Still waters and a deep-thinking soul.Geoffrey challenged me, studied with me, commiserated with me, celebrated with me. The last time I saw him was when he was usher at my wedding as he escorted my mother to her seat. I have the best picture of him from that day. His smile was as bright as the sun.Without him, I wouldn’t be who I am, wouldn’t be WHERE I am.I will miss him terribly.– HeatherPS. One of the things that was most precious to Geoffrey ere his friends online at Atrios. NO matter what else was going on in his life, for good or ill, the Atrios community was always there. Atrios was like family to him. For those who wish to send condolences, his Mom, Ginny, has been checking his email at catalxis@citlink.net . I’m sure that she would appreciate knowing how much Geoffrey was loved and will be missed. One of his talents was “affecting” people. For good or ill, he always “made you think.”

  12. Marcellina says:

    >Thank you so much, Heather. I’ll be sure to tell the Atriots what you’ve said here!

  13. VforVirginia says:

    >Heather — I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you so much for sharing your real-life experiences with a person I knew only online, but who I also considered a friend.I envy your memories of this wonderful person; let them sustain you.

  14. shrimplate says:

    >Beautiful tribute, Marcellina. catalexis was a wonderful online voice. I wish I’d had the pleasure of knowing him personally.

  15. jac says:

    >Thanks Marcellina.And thank you, Heather. If anyone runs across a link to the Obituary, I’d be grateful if you posted it here.

  16. abyssgazer says:

    >Thanks, Marcellina.I will miss Catalexis, too.

  17. >I’m late in getting here, but thanks Marcellina for posting this and to the commenters for sharing their memories. I loved his comments and I miss him.

  18. Chris says:

    >@jac: Here is a link to his obituary in the paper.Sad news, indeed, and it still makes my heart ache to think of Geoffrey today. I wrote to his undergraduate university to secure the award of a degree for him, but to no avail. I know this is something that Geoffrey wanted in his life, and I wanted to bring closure to his mother, the people who knew him there, and myself, but was unsuccessful. You are still missed, and not forgotten.C.

  19. HRJeffcott says:

    >Finally found a newspapery obituary for Catalexis here: http://kingmandailyminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=167&subsectionID=468&articleID=30215I confess to being mystified as to why his family waited so long to publish one.I miss him.– Heather

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