I just learned from Face­book, of all places, that on Tues­day morn­ing, Colya Kaminiarz, a fel­low that I had met through Apples­BC, the local Apple User Group, was found dead in his apart­ment. He died in his sleep but the exact cause of death is not known yet. He was a Res­pi­ra­to­ry Ther­a­pist, and I would fre­quent­ly read of his trav­els, some­times via heli­copter, sav­ing some­one’s life here or in Toron­to. He was a charm­ing and easy­go­ing guy, and one of the first friends I made after mov­ing here. Recent­ly we trad­ed IMs and emails, mean­ing to get togeth­er for cof­fee. I regret we did­n’t get to spend much more time togeth­er, and will miss his face and name on my Bud­dy lists. Face­book will have some infor­ma­tion about a ser­vice to cel­e­brate his life, and I’ll try and post here as well.

4 Replies to “Colya”

  1. Wow, I am sor­ry to hear about this news regard­ing your friend. It’s good that things like Face­book exist so peo­ple who most­ly know each oth­er online can find out news about the offline world.

  2. sor­ry to hear about this, david. if he was one of the first peo­ple you made friends with here, he was, maybe, a bit of a mile­stone for you?

  3. Thanks, Sooz and Isabella.

    It was indeed a real shock, and all day today it sort of remind­ed me how we should try and recon­nect with peo­ple, even if at first our sched­ules don’t seem to mesh.

    Who knows, but you may not have anoth­er chance. Strange way to think about life, but I guess in some cas­es, it is very true.

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